The fourth in this batch of reviews is for Kaweco Midnight Blue ink.
This ink was supplied free of charge by Kaweco. I was not paid to write the review, which is my honest assessment of the ink, and is not influenced by the fact it was supplied free of charge.
All the comments that I made regarding the bottle, box and cost of the ink in my Kaweco Pearl Black Ink Review apply to this case too, so I shall not repeat them here. The only differences are that the front label states the colour of the ink, and the front and top labels have white text on what I can best describe as greyish-blue or a dark lavender.
The test pen in this case was a Pilot Metropolitan Violet Leopard with a medium nib.
The ink showed minimal water resistance under running water, leaving only a faint grey line behind. Water drops obliterated any text. Cleaning was easy.
The drying time was relatively quick at around 20 seconds.
Rhodia Dot Pad No 16
In normal writing the flow was okay but a little on the dry side. I only experienced real issues when drawing lines for the water test – then the ink couldn’t keep up. I like the colour (which is good for a blue-black).
Ryman Memo Block 9cm x 9cm
Better flow on this paper – maybe it has a bit more “tooth”.
Considering flow can be an issue on Post-Its, this ink performed okay.
Field Notes – Pitch Black
Despite the feathering and bleed the results were acceptable.
Mnemosyne Word Card
Although more blue than the label, I would still describe this as a dark lavender colour, and the swab also demonstrates that the name was well-chosen.
An updated image of the Word Card is here:
From previous reviews it will come as no great surprise that blue-black inks are not my favourite, but I do like this one. It’s probably down to the unusual dark lavender colour. The only issue is restricted flow under certain circumstances so it is perhaps better suited to a wet nib. Otherwise, once again it’s a premium quality ink, with a price to match, which does not disappoint.