The Ink-Lab will be a new section on the website which is going to feature colors from the Pennonia color mixing lab.
I am always constantly experimenting with new dyes, mixes, shades, effects etc. and the result of these experiments are sometimes too good to be disposed of. Instead of throwing out liters of perfectly good ink they will be offered in the ink lab for a limited time (i.e. basically until I need the space or the containers for something else) and/or until stocks last.
These are all small production runs, most of them have about 15-30 bottles available and only on rare occasions there will be more than that.
The quality of the inks themselves is the same as what you would get if I were to release them officially.
The inks will not have any names but instead will only be identified by their internal recipe code. The first colors are available now. Depending on popularity these inks might go into full production.
The Ink-Lab will be updated at the beginning of each month (if any new colors were created in the previous month).
Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry was famous Hungarian painter. He had an eccentric personality not understood by his contemporaries. His works were universally recognized only after his death.
Most of his works can be categorized under expressionism or post-impressionism but truly they were neither. I invite you to have a look at some of his magnificent paintings using the power of a Google search.
Csontváry used magnificent blues in his works and this ink is dedicated to him out of gratitude and respect for the awe and emotions his paintings have evoked when viewing them.
This name was inspired by the humble, beautiful Greenfinch which unfortunately is a threatened species in Hungary. I used to hear them sing a lot back in my childhood but unfortunately it was so long ago that I can’t remember when it was the last time!
For me personally, preserving nature and wildlife is an important issue and I try to do my own part so that my children and grandchildren will also be able to hear a Zöldike sing one day in our gardens.
Pennonia Mustvörös (Must, also known as Young Wine)
So technically this ink is a must-try for everyone! 😉 (sorry for the bad pun)
This ink actually got inspired from my childhood. For literally half of my current life I have lived with my grandparents and my granddad used to always make wine from the grapes he had all over the yard.
Well those wines were taken out of the ground last week after being there for over 30 years as we are completely redoing the yard. So on hand, I chose this color so I can remember the good old days (nostalgia is one hell of a drug, and you get addicted the more older you get) and also because must is really really really tasty! Even if you don’t try the ink, you must try must!
Again…nostalgia, longing for the old days. Admitedly this brown could’ve have been called quite a lot of things. I chose chestnuts specifically for two reasons:
When we were kids we used to collect chestnuts for fun when they were in season (like sacks of them) and we’d race who can throw them the furthest or make dolls out of them using match-sticks! Good fun!
My sweet hometown of Nagykároly has a beautiful avenue with enormous chestnut trees which are really beautiful when they are bloom.
Ooookay. I really wanted to name this ink using the synonym for “gödény” in Hungarian but I don’t know if I’m allowed. I’m a huge Pelikan fan/collector and this ink is THE ink that I will now use in my trusty green striped M1000 probably for the rest of my life! 😂
There’s really no backstory, I wanted an ink to match my M1000. 🤷♂️
Can I get away with calling it Pelikánzöld? Maybe, but Gödény is such a unique word and well, I am Hungarian and the language, customs etc. play a big role in choosing a name. So I’m going with Gödényzöld and as always, sorry to non-Hungarians, you must hate to pronounce all these weird words! 😅
I’m happy to announce that starting from today KWZ Inks are available at Pennonia! 😀 The plan was to meet Konrad and Agnieszka at the 2020 Poland Pen Show but the pandemic turned everything upside down. Nonetheless it didn’t stop us from starting a business relationship.
As a fountain pen enthusiast KWZ inks have been in my personal collection for a long time now. Having them available on the website is a great step towards growing Pennonia, making shopping more appealing but it also gives me personal satisfaction to know that I can carry such cool inks and support KWZ at it. It has always been my philosophy to only carry and/or stock up on something that I personally would stand behind, recommend and use myself.
I’m not going to mince any more words because I don’t like useless filler text so let’s end this post with some personal recommendations from their line-up. You can check out the inks that are in stock here or by navigating to them from the menu.
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