Iroshizuku Ink Mix
– Handwritten Review –
Pen: Lamy Safari, Fine Nib
Ink: Iroshizuku Fuyu-Syogun X Kon-Peki
Paper: Rhodia dotPad, No. 16 – Top Spiral Bound
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!
5 thoughts on “Iroshizuku Ink Mix – 3:1 Ratio of Fuyu-Syogun and Kon-Peki”
Interesting, this worked out well! I’ve never mixed inks before… I usually just buy another bottle that is the color I fancy, but I am starting to get curious about this ink mixing business…!
I’m a huge fan of buying new things, so that approach usually works out well for me too. It’s worth a shot though, especially with brands that don’t make a ton of colors (Iroshizuku), where with Diamine, I think I could find any color I need.
I see you using the Mystery Black a lot. I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I recently used the Diamine green you sent me and the Peacock and loved how they look, with the green being a clear favorite, even closing in on the Oxblood.
I have been! The bottle looks great on my desk too. Once again, thanks for the trade. I’m glad you’re enjoying the inks I sent, they’re some of my favorites as well.