A Second Look at KWZ Red #1

KWZ Red #1 writing sample

You know how we’re always focused on new, new, new? (Of course we are. That’s fun. And new!) One of the good things about pens and inks is that there is always something new to learn, or try, or want to buy. But then we sometimes realize that we’ve forgotten about all that stuff we already have.

And you know how it’s summer, and we don’t like to exert much more energy than that required to pop the top off a cold beverage?

And you know how we used to have brain cells, long ago, but now have misplaced them, or perhaps squandered them. Or maybe they just gave up on us and walked away, without even saying goodbye, because we could swear we walked into this room for some reason and yet ….

Okay, so all those things are why I’ve had KWZ Red #1 inked up for the last few weeks. The initial impulse was that it looked like a good ink to review. Until I wrote two words with it, and realized, um, I’ve used it before. In fact, I wrote a long review of KWZ Red #1 in March 2016, which you can read here if you like. Let’s all do that. Perhaps in the future I should reread all my old reviews before I open a bag of samples and think, “This one looks nice.”

That would be a nice thing to do. But then, you know, it’s also nice to be reminded that everything doesn’t have to be new. Also, sometimes we change our first impressions. Would KWZ Red #1 still be #1 for me?

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3 thoughts on “A Second Look at KWZ Red #1

  1. Wonderful review. It really is a gorgeous ink. I like your description of it looking more “adult”, I think that’s a great way to put it. I might have to pick up a sample of this tomorrow. 13/10!

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  2. It looks like a pretty red. I’ve never given that one much thought. I like darker reds, but red isn’t my favorite color. I do love Diamine-Red Dragon though, and would use that sample in a variety of pens. Diamine-Matador was a true red to me, and it was acceptable in color. So maybe I would like KWZ-Red #1. I do love Diamine-Burgundy Rose. I also love Diamine-Wild Strawberry. (although I don’t use the Wild Strawberry a lot for some reason, I have the 30ml bottle of that) I do however love burgundy/maroon inks, and will use them in any situation with a variety of pens.

    It is good to revisit samples sometimes. What I don’t like in one pen, I may love in another. One thing I do is keep an ink journal. (in fact I have two) One journal is more of a tester to see how the ink performs. The other journal is the one I see how it performs on cream/ivory paper, and I write my thoughts about the performance of the ink. If it shades, sheen, spread, bleeds…whatever, then I make notes of it there. I have changed my mind about an ink, but that is rare. My first thoughts are pretty much right on! I can refer back to these journals to compare ink, and they are just fun to look at with all the beautiful ink in there.

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  3. A wonderful re-review. I am on the hunt for a dark red ink and this one looks great.
    Oh and I love the Pelikan M600 Ruby with a Fine nib. Now, if I can just get one of those pens and some of that ink, THEN I will (may) stop wanting new things.

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