How do you know when you’re getting old? One way I’ve found is when asking for help to remember a lyric of a song your children give you a whole different song with the same title as the one you were looking for of which you have never even heard. Quite dispiriting really 😦 Anyway to business, today’s ink review is Kaweco Royal Blue, a rich, almost electric blue colour to my eye, I keep forgetting that royal blues may be different depending on which country you are from…
Presentation: Not a lot to say here, you can check out my other reviews of the way Kaweco’s bottle inks are presented on the blog. Just to repeat, it comes in a nice, fairly traditional looking 30ml bottle. The bottle is well and attractively labelled with something of a retro feel about it which I think is something that Kaweco do really well across their range.
On Test: I reviewed this ink with my usual equipment, i.e. my trusty Rhodia 80gsm dot grid paper and my vintage Mentmore button-filler fountain pen with a soft 14k gold nib. This pen writes quite wet and thus suits this ink. I also conducted a review of a Kaweco AC sport with a BB nib earlier this week and used this ink on that review. my comments will encompass both experiences.
This is a real, bold, writer’s ink. It performs well as one would expect. This ink is striking and the colour is somewhat ‘in your face’. It virtually bounces off white paper! It is certainly in no way a watery, delicate, shrinking violet. Though it does offer some shading with broader and softer nibs even the lighter portions of the letters are quite vivid. In terms of the colour the hue to my eye has a purple tint to it which gives it that bold almost electric feel. In fact I think I once had a pair if two-tone trousers this colour (in my youth I hasten to add…)
Summary: Thus far I have reviewed I think about three shades of Kaweco ink. So far they have all behaved very well and had their commendable points. This one I think is up there with my thoughts on the Ruby Red. This is a strikingly vibrant ink with a vivid and unusual hue for a ‘royal blue’. The only drawbacks I can think of to using this ink currently are the limited availability and the cost… I know that the bottles aren’t yet available everywhere, although the standard international cartridges are more widespread and though I find the cartridges reasonably priced I have heard rumblings that the bottles are quite expensive. But that being said if you like vivid blue inks that will definitely make a statement in your writing this would be a contender!