Ink Review #197: KWZ Walk Over Vistula


KWZ recently released three new inks: Walk Over Vistula, Baltic Memories, and Warsaw Dreaming. They were first announced in November of 2017, and will be part of KWZ's standard line of inks. I've never tried any of the KWZ inks before, but these looked interesting enough that I wanted to start with these ones. Today we are talking about Walk Over Vistula. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens


The color:

Walk Over Vistula ranges from a bright turquoise to a dark blue with black sheen. It has a lot of color variation, which makes it really interesting.


I really like the sheen on this ink. The ink is a beautiful blue with pops of black, which is a more unusual combo. I really like it.


The ink drops did take longer than average to dry. You can see in the image above that they still haven't completely dried. 

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding-Low-mainly in the flex nib on Tomoe River paper. I knew when I was writing that it would probably bleed through, just based on the feel of how much ink was hitting the page, but I was surprised that there wasn't more bleeding.

Other properties: Medium shading, high sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen was visible in all nib sizes on Tomoe River paper, as well as in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm.

On 20 pound copy paper there was a little bit of feathering, but other than that the ink did well.

The ink does have a vanilla-ish smell to it. I noticed it when I filled the pen. It's not too strong, but it is noticeable. 

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Robert Oster Soda Pop Blue, KWZ Walk Over Vistula, and Organics Studio Nitrogen. Walk Over Vistula's base color is close to Soda Pop Blue, but it has black sheen instead of Soda Pop's pink sheen.


Longer writing: 

I used a medium Pelikan M800 Renaissance Brown on Tomoe River paper. The ink felt a little on the wet side, which I liked. There was also a tiny bit of nib creep. 

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Overall, I really love the black sheen. I think it's interesting enough that I might need a full bottle so I can play with it some more. Give it a try, you might love it. I'm excited to try the other two new KWZ inks, and see which one I like best.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.