Ink Snippet: KWZ Chicago Blue

KWZ Chicago Blue writing sample

KWZ Chicago Blue. As you may know, Fountain Pen Follies serves not only as chief cook and bottle washer here, but also as de facto head of the Department of Inky Mysteries for the Chicago Pen Show.

Our show is lucky enough to welcome two gorgeous limited edition inks from Papier Plume this year, namely Lake Michigan Summer and Ivy 108. But, because I always try to find excuses to intone this, “There is another.” That is Chicago Blue from KWZ Ink.

You may have heard that the Chicago Cubs baseball team winning the World Series this past November, after 108 years of futility? Well, we at the Pen Show made a solemn vow that if the Cubs won, we’d celebrate with a special ink for the show.

KWZ Chicago Blue for 2017 Chicago Pen Show

We wanted a blue that would be strong, bright and celebratory. That would write well and look great on paper, and do the city proud. It’s blue for the Cubs, and the Bears and the Fighting Illini, for the L’s Blue Line, and for the Chicago Blues. For the blue bikes we used to ride when we were kids, when Schwinn made the Sting-Ray right here.

KWZ Inks are made by Konrad Wojciech Żurawski and his wife Agnieszka Żurawska. I want to take a look behind the scenes at KWZ Ink at some point, but for now, just know that they handcrafted this ink themselves, from the initial recipe, to the mixing and making of the ink, to its bottling and shipping. They usually even swab each individual bottle label themselves. Since Chicago Blue has a printed label — which Agnieszka drew — there’s a hand-written note in every single bottle.

KWZ Chicago Blue for 2017 Chicago Pen Show

KWZ hit it out of the park with this ink. It shades, it sheens, it’s a beautiful color. It’s exclusive to the Chicago Pen Show, May 4-7, 2017. I know not all of my readers can go, but … you should! No, I know some people just can’t get here that weekend. Hopefully a friend is going and can snag you a bottle of Chicago Blue.

Papier Plume Ink Giveaway: Ivy 108 and Lake Michigan Summer

Papier Plume Ivy 108 and Lake Michigan Summer

As you know, Papier Plume has mixed up two small-batch inks to sell exclusively at the Chicago Pen Show in three weeks. These Chicago show inks are Ivy 108 and Lake Michigan Summer, and I think they both look great.

But it’s a very limited edition: Papier Plume has made only 60 bottles of each. Because so many people are interested, Papier Plume has graciously agreed to let me give away one bottle of each, right here. That way anyone who can’t get to the pen show has a chance to win one.

I’m sure everyone here joins me in thanking Papier Plume for this. Do stop by their table at the show: there will be a lot of great stuff there.

To enter to win Lake Michigan Summer or Ivy 108 here, please leave a comment about the inks down below. I’ll put you down in both draws unless you say that you only want one, but the first winner won’t be entered in the second drawing. I’ll draw in alphabetical order, with Ivy 108 first, then Lake Michigan Summer.

One entry per person please, but you should let your friends know. If they win, they’ll love you forever, and surely they’ll share the ink with you, too.

I will randomly select the two winners sometime on April 18, using a random number generator, and then post their names here on the blog. So be sure to check back then, because once announced, each winner must contact me with mailing address by April 25 to claim the prize.

Ink Snippet: Papier Plume Lake Michigan Summer

Papier Plume Lake Michigan Summer writing samples

Papier Plume Lake Michigan Summer. This blue-green ink was crafted by Papier Plume of New Orleans for the Chicago Pen Show, inspired by the blue waters of Lake Michigan in summer. It’s a beautiful color, and it really does make me think of a day at the beach.

Lake Michigan Summer is one of two special small-batch inks Papier Plume is bringing to the 2017 Chicago Pen Show next month.

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Ink Snippet: Papier Plume Ivy 108

Papier Plume Ivy 108 writing samples

Papier Plume Ivy 108. This green ink was crafted by Papier Plume of New Orleans to celebrate the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series, and I think it’s a great green, worthy of the that lofty achievement.

Ivy 108 is one of two special small-batch inks Papier Plume is bringing to the 2017 Chicago Pen Show next month.

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Two Special Papier Plume Inks: Bringing New Orleans to the Chicago Pen Show with Ivy 108 and Lake Michigan Summer

The cities of Chicago and New Orleans have always had a close connection, especially musically. This song was written by a Chicagoan, Steve Goodman, about a train that still runs between Chicago and New Orleans.

So it’s especially fitting that Papier Plume, the New Orleans fountain pen and ink store, is bringing two special edition inks for the 2017 Chicago Pen Show. These handmade inks are very limited — only 60 bottles each — and will be available from Papier Plume at the show, starting Friday, May 5.

Photos of the Chicago inks are on the next page, and I’ll put up reviews and more photos in the coming days.

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Ink Snippet: Papier Plume Peacock

Papier Plume Peacock writing sample

Papier Plume Peacock. Weeks of gray skies and near-constant rain have made your faithful blogger a little crabby and a little stabby. But there’s a cure for bad weather, and it’s called, “find something cheerful.”  Just what the doctor ordered is Papier Plume Peacock, an irrepressible happy ink with a tongue-twistingly alliterative name I very much enjoy saying. Papier Plume Peacock.

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