They ARE very nice to look at, and the best part is watching the ink dry up to
reveal sparkling silver glitter underneath. The ink flow is rich and easy too,
...when I tried writing with these pens in notebook paper, the ink was so
intense that it bled through to the other side! That was an unexpected surprise.
So if you buy them, make sure you use them on thick paper! Otherwise, a great
value for the money.
A gorgeously rich, WARM green ink with golden undertones. Vibrant and "healthy"
looking is what comes to mind. Bright, but not blinding---you can write with
this in a notebook and still be able to read it without killing your eyes. How
to describe it? The color 'pops', but sinks into the paper at the same time...so
it balances out.
Ink is relatively dry-flowing, and I've been using it in my Ohto F-lapa (F nib)
with no problems so far. I'm pretty sure if I flush the pen and converter
between uses it should be all right.
There is shading in this ink, even in a fine nib. When I print words, the upper
half of the letters is usually a lighter shade of green than the bottom. The
closest color I can say is...hmm...the light parts are like fresh willow leaves
in early spring (yellowish-green but still GREEN), while the darker parts are
very close to the green color shown on the bottle labeling (would you call
that...a kind of light pine/foresty green?). Compared to J. Herbin's Olive
green, it's definitely a darker, more subdued green...just the way I like it.
All in all, a wonderful ink (if you don't mind that it's drier than others,
though I've yet to try it in another fountain pen). If the rest of R & K's
colors are this bright, I might consider buying more! Royal Blue and Salix are
definitely on my list of consideration, and Scabiosa too---as soon as I find a
nice experimental pen to try it out with, since it's an iron-gall ink.
Incidentally, I also loved Kaweco cartridge inks, and that's another German
company...German companies really do good jobs with their fountain pen inks~
Yes, the pen clip has a pretty tight grip on the pen, but you have to hold on to
the round part (the part that's wrapped around the pen) when you want to clip it
to something thicker than a few sheets of paper.
The clip itself (err..the "tail" part, meaning the section that you actually use
to clip the pen to other things) is very strong, so you really have to push it
up to attach it to things. Of course, this means the clip has a strong grip, but
that's not very useful when your pen goes flying off in the process of clipping
it to something else.
The first time I tried to clip my Kaweco pen to a notebook, that happened and I
nearly had a heart attack before catching my pen in mid-air.
I guess the trick is to hold on to your pen by the round part of the clip before
clipping it to other things...to ensure that the entire pen gets clipped, not
just the pen clip.
Otherwise, it's shiny, pretty, and totally adjustable between Kaweco pens!
(Sorry for the excessive use of the word "clip". I couldn't think of a better
synonym...hope this makes sense as a review, too.)
Hmm, I wouldn't call this a light purple....you know how blue-black ink is
like...black ink with undertones of blue? This is like black-purple ink...purple
with undertones of black. Very faint black, but nonetheless it's there.
I think the color of the cartridge box is a pretty accurate measure of the ink
itself when it dries. It's a bit richer when you first write with it.
Still, I agree with the "neutral" hue statement. Definitely not overly flashy or
shiny. It's a muted purple, calming and perhaps even a bit dry, but that's where
its strength lies: in its sensible, straightforward coloring.
I use it for notes and doodles and everything in between, and like how it blends
in with my black and blue inks without standing out. Plus, every time someone
asks me about the color, I get to tell them a cool name.
"No, this isn't purple ink...it's -aubergine- purple ink!"
Never mind that I'm probably mispronouncing aubergine and that the ink comes
from a cheap-looking international cartridge. The point is that it looks
flawlessly elegant and dignified on paper.
And the packaging is cute too. Just look at all the pretty flourishes on the
It's beautiful! It's smooth! It's classy and shiny and perfection all rolled
into one hardy package.
It attracts attention when I write, because of its unusual shape when closed. I
get a kick out of people going "whoa!" when I take off the cap and reveal the
The only little thing that annoys me is the screw on/off cap, but that's because
I'm impatient and like to write as soon as possible. Also, people who aren't
used to screw caps nowadays tend to try to pull off and push on the cap when
they use this pen, which causes for much confusion and explanation. I guess
that's part of its old-fashioned appeal, heh.
Still, this pen is a winner through and through. Ink flow is smooth...like
writing on a thin layer of cream with every line. It's completely converting me
to a Kaweco pen, and I'm even thinking of buying a medium nib next (even though
I don't like thick line pens)!
I was expecting a rich blue-black...didn't matter if it was more blue or more
black, as long as it was intense...
But it seems like the Ohto Blue Black refill is more granite gray than anything
else. When compared to the black ink cartridge that came with my fountain pen
purchase, the difference is even more striking. It's like...faded black ink! =(
If you repeatedly draw over your lines, then yes, you can get a good blue black
effect, but that's a lot more work than needed.
I wonder if the color was affected because I used black ink before the blue
black ink? But even then, wouldn't the ink be darker, not lighter?
Anyways, that was my experience. Tell me if yours is any better!
This pen is very nice! A little slippery to hold though, so not good for pen
tricks, ha. My friend recommended it to me when I wanted to try out fountain
pens for the first time. It's definitely beginner-friendly (as long as you're a
responsible, sensible user) and ink cartridge installation is a breeze.
The ink itself flows pretty consistently, with very faint scratchiness if you
write at extreme angles. Right now I'm using the original ink included in the
pen (it comes with 2 cartridges in the body) and it's a nice solid black, though
sometimes it comes out watery. But I think that's only because I dropped it
once, and something came loose (it made a weird metal jingling noise whenever I
shake it or tilt it now). Not to mention the nib became bent off-center so I had
to gently use my fingers to maneuver it back into place. (It was surprisingly
cooperative.) Before the fall, the ink flow was virtually perfect.
Though...funny thing is, I accidentally dropped it again a few days ago, and the
jingling noise disappeared. Hopefully whatever it was fixed itself!
Overall, I'd rate this pen to be reliable, classy, and portable. I also like how
it's a lot lighter than it looks, so my hand doesn't get tired when writing it.
Treat it well (as in, better than I do) and it'll serve you faithfully.