Review by Laura Cameron
Even though the show is over and new shows are on the way, I wanted to post about St. Louis’ special show ink, KWZ’s Meet me in St. Louis. Unfortunately I have no link for this one because it was a special limited run and they are completely sold out. However, you might be able to find some samples if you’re hanging out in the pen community.
KWZ Meet me in St. Louis is a saturated teal ink. In light applications it leans a little green and in dark applications it’s just dark swirling ocean teal. Sadly there’s no water that looks like that near St. Louis, but it does make me dream of the ocean.
There’s no shimmer in this one, and no sheen that I can see. Just tons of lovely shading and depth. It goes on a little lighter and dries a little darker, but for the most part what you see is what you get.
In regular applications, the ink seemed to try fairly quickly. However, in my ink splotches you can see that the ink is still a little tacky and not quite dry, even after 24 hours. And those ink splotches are so deep dark that you can barely see the teal in there.
In terms of color comparisons, I leaned greener when I pulled samples out of my Col-o-Dex. While it was tempting to pull Robert Oster Soda Pop Blue and Fire & Ice, they are much bluer than Meet me in St. Louis. I did pull Blackstone Sydney Harbour Blue, which is too blue, as well as a variety of more teal inks: J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor, Banmi Dragon and Birmingham Pen Co Kier Refinery Petroleum which is actually a bit too green. It’s interesting how putting Meet me in St. Louis next to the blues makes it look green, and the greens make it look blue.
If you missed this one, don’t worry. There will always be more shows and more show inks!
- Paper: Crossfield Journal ($24.00) and Maruman Mnemosyne N182A Inspiration Notebook A5 ($10.50)
- Pen: Delike Glass Signature Pen ($37.80).
- Swatches: Col-o-Ring Ink Testing Book ($10) and Col-o-Dex Rotary Cards ($15)
- Ink: KWZ Meet me in St. Louis (60ml for $15.00)
1 comment / Add your comment below
Hey Laura, this review is written beautifully. So what if the show is over? You are still letting us know the honest KWZ ink review and it is so helpful for people like me who run a stationery shop. I really appreciate your work. I would have appreciated more if there was a link, however, your article is still quite helpful. Thank you so much for posting.