Notes: Another day, another Iroshizuku is loaded up for review (I wish there was really one per day…). The time it’s Fuyu-Gaki, which translates to Winter Persimmon. This ink should not be confused with Yu-Yake (the other Iroshizuku orange) because of their similar name and similar color. Orange is one of my least favorite colors, not just for ink, but for life. I actually don’t mind this one though. There are elements of red and almost pink that blend with the yellow to make this ink stand out from the rest. It’s elevated above a standard orange. The ink itself is quite transparent, so expect to see the ruling on the page through your writing. It’s definitely not an every day use color, but it is fun for doodling or drawing. It may even fit in as an underlining ink. The Iroshizuku line has great performance across the board, and Fuyu-Gaki is no exception. While I don’t think I’ll be adding a bottle to the collection, I’m definitely enjoying the sample.
Pen: Pilot Vanishing Point // Gun Metal & Matte Black // Medium nib Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku fuyu-gaki Paper: Rhodia dotPad, No. 16
Notes: This is the first ink from Iroshizuku I’ve used that doesn’t perform well on all papers. There’s some blotchy feathering and bleeding on my standard ink review paper (Kyokuto FOB COOP) and it gets even worse on regular copy paper. It does play nice with Rhodia though. Other than the performance of the ink, it’s a really interesting color. Ina-ho means “rice ear”, it’s a nice shade of medium gold. It manages to look gold rather than yellow and there’s some interesting texturing where the ink and paper meet. I really like the color, but its performance is somewhat prohibitive. The gold tones remind me of Noodler’s Rome Burning quite a bit, but hopefully this ink cleans out of the pen a little easier. If you don’t mind sticking to Rhodia, check this one out. It’s a really enjoyable color as long as the paper quality is good. Overall, I was slightly underwhelmed, considering the rest of the Iroshizuku line performs wonderfully.
Pen: Lamy Safari – Charcoal – Fine Nib Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku yama-budo Paper: Rhodia dotPad, No. 16 - Top Spiral Bound
Notes: I really like Iroshizuku inks, but I’m not really a fan of pink (or magenta, or whatever this is). The ink goes down smooth and consistent, just like the rest of the Iroshizuku inks I’ve tried. The bottle they come in is really great looking on an ink shelf or in a desk. While this isn’t really my cup of tea (I prefer coffee anyway), it’s a nice ink. Sometimes purples and pinks can be a bit hairy in terms of legibility, but this ink is the right shade to where it can be easily read. If you’re into the color, I would definitely suggest checking it out. Iroshizuku inks are an absolute pleasure to look at, clean out, and write with.
Goes on blue, dries green. Ku-Jaku (meaning “peacock”) is another great ink offering from the Iroshizuku line. At first, it’s very blue, but once it settles into the page, it’s a nice shade of blue-green. Like the rest of the Iroshizuku line I’ve sampled, the ink performs well. It writes smoothly, shades nicely, and has great flow. It’s similar to Diamine Eau de Nil, which is one of my favorite inks. I like the color and performance of this ink, but given that they’re so close in color (and the price difference), I’d have to give the edge to the Diamine.
Notes: I was lucky enough to get an ink mixing kit for Christmas, BUT I was not lucky enough to have two or more inks from the same brand that would mix to make a pleasing color. Something tells me that Diamine Oxblood and Diamine Evergreen wouldn’t make the best of browns. The natural choice was to use my Iroshizuku inks, the idea of a blue-grey sounded good, so I went to work mixing. After some back and forth, I ended up with 3 parts fuyu-syogun and 1 part kon-peki. The result was still very blue, but was muted down a bit. Below, I compared it to Diamine’s Eau de Nil, as that was the closest ink I had to the color that came out of the mix. The mix performed well (just like Iroshizuku usually does) and I didn’t have any problems with clogging or clumping or any of the other bad things that tend to come along with mixing inks. I would recommend trying it out, it’s nice to be able to get another color out of two already expensive inks that I had. It’s almost like it’s stretching them further.
Disclaimer: If you are going to try mixing inks, please do not try in your vintage Montblanc 149 that your great grandfather gave you, maybe try it out in a Lamy Safari (or better yet a Platinum Preppy) first. Even inks of the same brand can not get along, so beware.
Check out my individual reviews of fuyu-syogun(click) and kon-peki(click) so you know what you’re dealing with too!