First is Baltic Memories (mistakenly written as Walk Over Vistula). This is a beautiful dark teal, named for the Baltic Sea coast in Poland. I’ve never been there, but I’m going to guess it’s beautiful, based on the ink.
Baltic Memories reminds me of KWZ Northern Twilight, a limited edition ink that sold out at the 2016 Toronto pen show, Scriptus. They aren’t the same color — KWZ doesn’t do that. But the effect and overall feeling are similar. Baltic Memories also reminds me, in some ways, of Sailor Yama-dori, except, in my opinion, Baltic Memories is much better. I haven’t done the swabs yet, but I’m sure it’s also similar to some of the Robert Oster teal inks. Most notably, Baltic Memories has the same level of sheen as these inks.
Also very sheeny is the blue ink, Walk Over Vistula. Here is a photo showing the sheen of both inks. Remember, the names are wrong: it’s Walk Over Vistula, the blue ink, on the left, and Baltic Memories, the teal ink, on the right.
Look at this sheen. Now here is something amazing. I was so busy, I didn’t remember to take this photo until late in the afternoon, well after the sun had set. There was still some light from the sky, but no sun on that page. In fact, it was pretty dark out. That’s how much sheen you get with these inks.
Walk Over Vistula is a blue named the largest river in Poland, which runs through Warsaw.
Walk Over Vistula ink is a blue that is closer to teal than to a standard medium blue. Walk Over Vistula has some malleability — it can look different on different papers, which I always enjoy. With the really noticeable red sheen, it’s a striking color. I think this will be very popular.
Enjoy the photo below, but remember, the ink is really Walk Over Vistula. Yes, there will be a test later,. But don’t worry, it’s graded on a curve, and you’re already ahead of me.
What really stands out is how much sheen I got with Walk Over Vistula using a Lamy Al-Star with medium nib, which is a pen that doesn’t put down very much ink, and on Rhodia paper, which is a not a paper that really brings out extra sheen
Last but not least is Warsaw Dreaming. This is a black ink, which I know doesn’t sound exciting, but it’s a black ink that made me extremely happy.
Warsaw Dreaming is a dark color, that can look deep and velvety. It’s not a matte or flat black: the sheen in this ink makes it look just a little slick.
Best of all, it has a blue tint. Now the blue is hard to show in isolation. I took this photo inside, under different light, hoping to show the blue tint, but I’m not sure it really comes through unless you see it with other inks. But at least it shows the lushness of this ink.
As you can see, the blue isn’t obvious: it’s more of a hint of blue under the black. It reminds me of the time of night when the sky has turned black, but there’s still a bit of blue behind the blackness.
I like that Warsaw Dreaming is a black that’s a bit different, without sticking out. It’s secretly more beautiful than most black inks.
Faithful blog readers know my admiration for KWZ and its owners, Konrad Żurawski and Agnieszka Żurawska. I admire how interesting and creative Konrad’s ink mixes are, and I admire the great care they take in hand-crafting and testing their inks for consistent quality. In fact, if you want to read about that, I interviewed them and wrote posts about how KWZ got started, and how they make their inks.
But I also love how well-behaved KWZ inks are, and how easy to clean almost every one is, despite being pretty saturated and often dark. As of right now, I actually haven’t checked that with any of these inks: I’ve kept them inked up. I like them too much.