KWZ ink started with Konrad Zurawski’s interest in improving saturation in one of his ink. This passion has flourished and it has caught the stationery world’s attention with its extensive iron gall line. The premise of Konrad’s story and ink line reminded me of Organics Studio (I have reviewed its Foggy Bottom, an ink specially made for one of the D.C. Fountain Pen Show several years back).
Late winter/early spring is probably one of the most anticipated time for fountain pen lovers. Lamy usually announces its limited edition Safari and Al-Star, various brands broadcast new products/lines, and new paper goods also start to surface. Pelikan is not an exception. Around this time, it announces its ink of the year. What makes the announcement even more exciting is the competition component, where Pelikan solicits all Pelikan fan’s creative license to mix their choice of ink digitally and vote for the color that makes their hearts skip a beat. If I recall correctly, Amethyst was the first fan-elected color, as a shade of purple was sorely missed in Pelikan Edelstein’s otherwise gorgeous line.
Following its previous ink releasing pattern, in 2016 Sailor “resurrected” limited edition from years before. When I caught a glimpse of orange in the rotation, I immediately thought Sailor has brought back the coveted and beloved Apricot. Since Sailor ink priced a bit lower overseas (a little over 10 USD versus 18 USD in the States), my sister graciously brought a bottle back from home.
A problem constantly faced by stationery lovers is owning an abundance of something stationery related. Though these objects of endearment inspire creativity and joy, they can also be sources of worry– am I hoarding? At the beginning of this year, I finally read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. While parts of the book can give most 21st-century dwellers a wake-up call, thanks to consumerism and relative stable and prosperous societies we live in, I see truism in Kondo’s angle and approach. An integral part to Kondo’s method is to handle each piece of object that you own and ask the question, “does this thing inspire joy?” To put this in practice, I decide to swatch all full-size ink bottles I have. It has been a project that looms in the back of my head, but now it can serve several purposes:
- My first step in tidying up
- Inventory colors I have
- Good tool for future ink comparison
Ah, Sailor ink. It is probably another of my ink Kryptonite besides Pelikan Edelstein. It was a mesmerizing color at first sight, but as I mentioned in this post last release of “limited edition” turned out to be a re-release of some of the old favorites; thus, I was a bit hesitant of obtaining another ink this time around. After about 1.5 year of deliberation, Yama-dori arrived just a day before Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine.