No surprise here, another well-performing, beautiful ink from the Iroshizuku line. Tsuki-Yo (Moonlit Night) is a great shade of medium blue with a tiny hint of green in it. It has some nice high contrasting shading going on in this 1.5mm stub, and I really want to put it in a flex nib. It could easily be used as an everyday ink, as it’s not too crazy a shade, and it is relatively conservative. As with all of the Iroshizuku inks, it comes in a great looking box and an even better looking bottle. It’s so hard to not love these inks, the only thing getting in the way of me owning the entire collection is the price. They’re a bit pricey at $28.00/bottle (50ml), but I really enjoy them as a display piece. I have yet to go through an entire bottle of any ink, so they should last a very long time. Tsuki-Yo is has great flow, is nice and wet in the 1.5mm stub. It’s not too dry or too wet, and performs well on most paper. I really love this ink, and I’m glad I have a bottle now. Huge thanks to my friends over at JetPens for sending the bottle over for review!
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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.