Ink Review #199: KWZ Warsaw Dreaming


We have hit ink review #199 so you know what's coming up soon, right? After each 100 ink reviews I do a current favorite ink list, so look for that on the blog soon. It's still new releases week, so today's ink is KWZ Warsaw Dreaming. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens. On Instagram, KWZ described this ink as, "When we look through the window at night we never see pure black sky, there is always a little bit of navy blue shades over the horizon. That's the color of this ink. Plus a very subtle sheen coming from the moonlight."


The color:

Warsaw Dreaming is a dark blue-black.


There is a lot of black sheen in this ink.


The ink drops did take a very long time to dry, as you can see in the image above, the ink was still wet, even after 24 hours. 

Dry time: 80 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: No shading, high sheen, and no shimmer. You can see the sheen in all nib sizes on Tomoe River, as well as most nib sizes on Leuchtturm, and in the flex nib on Rhodia. It's not quite monster sheen territory, but it's close. It doesn't have the smearing problem that the monster sheeners do though. 

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

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): KWZ Walk Over Vistula, KWZ Warsaw Dreaming, and Robert Oster Blue Black. Click here to see the KWZ inks together. RO Blue Black is more purple than Warsaw Dreaming.


Longer writing:

I used a broad Pilot Vanishing Point Twilight on Tomoe River. The ink was a little bit wet, but I didn't have any flow issues.

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Overall, this is a very sheeny ink.  It's not blue, but it's not quite black. It's an interesting color. Give it a try, you might love it. 

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