First Look: Seitz-Kreuznach Chestnut Brown


I have been using Seitz-Kreuznach Chestnut Brown in cartridge form in a Kaweco Sport with broad and extra-fine nibs.

Chestnut Brown has medium saturation, so it can look lighter or darker depending on the pen, but it is legible even from an extra-fine nib. It shades so nicely, no matter the nib I’ve tried.


The color is very similar to Monteverde Brown, and also similar to a lot of other medium brown inks.

Here is a snippet of Seitz-Kreuznach Chestnut Brown bracketed by a standard blue and black ink, for context.


As with all the Seitz-Kreuznach inks I’ve tried so far, Chestnut Brown behaves very well. It flows perfectly and cleans up easily. I saw a bit of feathering, but only on my terrible “everything feathers” copy paper. It has very little water resistance: it vanishes on Rhodia, but on lower-quality paper some dye survives even after soaking.

Here is paper towel chromatography showing the composition of Chestnut Brown.


Seitz-Kreuznach sells Chestnut Brown at a great price, with very reasonable shipping charges. Living outside the EU, I order from Seitz Global, which offers Seitz-Kreuznach ink in 100 ml glass bottles for $9.90 and in 20 ml glass bottles for $3.25. Short international cartridges are $2.19 for eight or $3.62 for 14. George Seitz kindly added this cartridge to an order I placed, so I could sample the ink, before they started selling the smaller bottles.

One thought on “First Look: Seitz-Kreuznach Chestnut Brown

  1. I love Seitz, they are one of my favourite sellers. Kudos for flat rate international shipping, and their inks are a bargain and a half.


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