Helping out with the St. Louis Pen Show certainly has its perks. For example, I was recently able to secure a bottle of the exclusive ink that will only be available to purchase at the 2019 show! The show ink is limited in quantity with only 150 bottles made. The 2018 show ink sold out relatively quick, and I would not expect anything less to happen with this year's ink.
The ink is made by KWZ and is called, "Meet Me in St. Louis: St. Louis Pen Show 2019 ink," and will be available in their typical 60ml bottle. Unlike last year, which was a bluish/green teal color, the ink for this year is more of a burnt orange. Typically, I am not a fan of orange inks, but the more I write, the more I dig the color selection for this year. Being that this ink is to be released for the St. Louis Pen Show, you may wonder why the color selection isn't a "Cardinal Red" or a "Blues Blue" (side note: GO BLUES! They are playing in the background as I type). The simple answer is that in the fountain pen world, blue and red inks are boring! The creator of this year's ink wanted something fun and something that people would actually use once the show is over.
Having secured the ink, I immediately loaded it into my Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze age pen with a medium nib. The Homo Sapien is not one of my go to pens, however, I couldn't resist the pen-ink color combination. It just seemed like a marriage that was meant to be! For comparison purpose, the show ink looks a little similar to Diamine Ancient Copper. However it is a wetter ink, and I found it to be a little darker to write with. Being a darker orange, Meet Me in St. Louis, is an ink that can be used in the office, daily correspondence or for bullet journaling (I have used it for all of the above.) It is a well behaved ink that flows well throughout the writing session. On Clairefontaine paper, there is no bleed-through or feathering of any kind. It does not have much shading, if any at all; and there is zero sheen to be had. Being one who typically has a vintage pen or two inked up in my monthly rotation, I find sheen to be overrated among ink lovers (sorry/not sorry)!
If you are attending the St. Louis Pen Show, June 21-23rd, be sure to pick up a bottle of this year's ink! It will not be around for long.