Ink Review: KWZ Hunter Green

KWZ Hunter Green

KWZ Hunter Green. This is a brown, muddy green that I’d call a dark khaki, that is saturated and legible, and behaves well. The color looks very naturalistic, and it’s an unexpected color for an ink.

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13 thoughts on “Ink Review: KWZ Hunter Green

  1. Great review. I’m really fond of greens, I have a lot of them. My favorite is currently Organics Studio Join or Die Green Sepia. Just out of curiosity, how do you do the paper towel chromatography? I’d like to do that with some of my own inks, such as the Green Sepia.

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  2. J.Herbin-Vert Empire is one I have wanted to try, but just haven’t yet. Stipula- Verde Muschiato is one I will also have to put on the try list. I have both Sailor-Tokiwa matsu, and Miruai. R&K Alt-Goldgrün-I have it too. Waka-Uguisu is a possibility, although it is not as high on my list. I have several green inks, if I didn’t, Waka-Usuisu would probably be higher on my sample list. I have also wanted Noodler’s Burma Road Brown, but I haven’t tried it yet either.

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  3. At first I thought of the Stipula Musk Green, but your swabs/samples cleared that up. My, there are a lot of colors on Earth, aren’t there? 🙂

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    1. That’s a great way to put it. 🙂

      I really thought Hunter Green would be similar to Verde Muschiato/Musk Green. But, yeah, as it turns out, not really!

      As an aside, I think Verde Muschiato is one of the great inks. Not everyone will like it: it’s a muddy, unusual color. But it’s one of those “only in fountain pens” colors that is the reason we get so sucked into this never-ending quest.

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  4. I thought that I would get a sample of this ink. (before I read your review) Now I am having serious second thoughts about that one. I find your reviews to be something I definitely look forward to. I guess the shading aspect varies greatly with the pen and nib you use.

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    1. That’s very true about shading varying depending on the pen. Hunter Green is not an ink that shades a lot in any pen, but you see more in the Safari. And on Tomoe River paper.

      For an unusual green that shades, I can recommend sampling J. Herbin Vert Empire, Stipula Verde Muschiato or KWZ Iron Gall Green Gold (I promise I will finish my “iron gall inks are safe” piece; I had to shelve it when I got the flu). Sailor has good ones, too: Tokiwa-Matsu is most people’s favorite though I adore Waka-Uguisu. Diamine has a gazillion. And many people love R&K Alt-Goldgrün. And there are definitely many others!

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  5. When I had a sample, and filled one of my pens with it, just before I spilled it all over my desk, I found it became darker and darker and ended up as an ‘almost black’ after a couple of days.

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    1. I definitely can see that. Even on the swabs you can see the almost-black quality.

      For me, it stayed a very dark brownish green, but those pens I used may have very tight caps. The thing is, even when you can tell it’s green, Hunter Green is dark enough, and brown enough, that it could be used as a substitute for black. And I liked it better the darker it was: from first to last I preferred Hunter Green in the Edison.

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    1. Maybe we should call it mostly green. 🙂

      More seriously, I think it is definitely green, just a really unusual green.

      However, I just added one final photo, at the very end, which lends supports for your point of view. 🙂

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