Pilot Iroshizuku Mini Bottle 3 Pack Ink Review

Pilot Iroshizuku Mini Bottle
3 Pack Ink Review

Iroshizuku Mini Bottle Set Fountain Pen Ink Review-1What is it? This set of 3 mini bottles was a Japanese market exclusive, but thanks to Jetpens you can now snag them here at a reasonable price. Each 15ml bottle has just the right amount of ink in it (for me at least) to get a feel for it and use it a bunch before committing to a whole bottle. The set comes packaged in a high quality plastic case that looks just as elegant as the inks do on paper.

Thanks to my friends at Jetpens for sending the ink set to review!

Check out JetPens for tons of awesome Japanese pens and stationery. Free shipping on orders over $25, and hitting that is always an easy task!Iroshizuku Mini Bottle Set Fountain Pen Ink Review-2

Notes: The Iroshizuku line by Pilot make some of my favorite inks. They behave well, come in great nature-inspired colors, and are nicely presented in premium glass bottles. The full size inks contain 50ml, but these little ones contain 15ml. I find them ideal to leave on my desk at work, providing more than enough ink for the occasional fill up. The sets come pre-packaged with three different inks across three different sets, so make sure to pay attention to what you order. I opted for the set that includes Ama-Iro (a nice sky blue), Fuyu-Gaki (a vibrant red-orange), and Syo-Ro (a medium shade of gray-turquoise). Iroshizuku Mini Bottle Set Fountain Pen Ink Review-5

I’m a big fan of the set, and highly recommend it to anyone looking to try out the Iroshizuku line of inks. You really get the full experience that the large bottles offer, just scaled down. Each set will run you $33 from Jetpens. It’s not the cheapest ink out there, but they perform well and look great both in the bottle and on the page. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for full ink reviews for each color!
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9 thoughts on “Pilot Iroshizuku Mini Bottle 3 Pack Ink Review

  1. In Japan you can order which three inks you want. You check the inks on a little piece of paper and hand it to the counter. They then make up the box for you.

    I love the inks, but find the box unnecessary.

    1. That’s so cool!

      I like the box, but it’s definitely not necessary. I think I’m going to leave it open on my desk as a functional display. You do save a good chuck of change by getting the set vs. individual bottles though, so that’s nice!

  2. i had some of these. even before they became a regular item, when they were still limited editions. i’m glad to see Pilot make more of these and sell them as part of their regular line of inks. this obviously help many people to try out the many choices of Iro inks without breaking the bank.

  3. Early in my fountain pen experience I discovered and bought this exact set of inks. I found these small-sized bottles perfect for trying out a variety of inks at a much more affordable price than the full-sized bottles. Wish we had stationery shops in the U.S. like those in Japan – I would’ve loved to have been able to pick out my own three colors, although these colors were a pretty good sampling. JetPens is one store that I imagine might be our closest version to the Japanese shops. Through JetPens, I was able to purchase lots of Iroshizuku inks that would have been too expensive in the larger size. Smaller cost per bottle = more bottles = more colors to try! Now that’s a winning combo. I also find it quite easy to reach that free shipping point in my shopping cart!

  4. I am also a big fan of these mini Iroshizuku’s. The only comment (perhaps a question) is the occasionally issue of running into a filling problem with some of my bigger pens. The other day I was trying to fill up my Visconti Homo Sapiens pen, and noticed that the section of the pen is too large for the pen to be submerged into the bottle. Not sure, if any one had a similar problem, but this will be an issue for me as the ink level goes down and my feeder will not be deep enough to suck any ink.

    Any suggestions?


    1. Hey, Brian! On many pen-selling websites, you can find syringes that you can use to suck the ink out of the bottle and then transfer it to your pen. Works like a charm. I use those syringes also for quick cleaning, mixing inks, etc. I don’t know what I would do without them. They’re also great for getting that last little bit of ink out of the bottle when the ink level is too low to fill a pen.

      1. Hi Debi,

        Thanks for your response. I do have them as well, and they are very useful for my cartridge pens. But for a piston filler, syringes ??? not sure how to use them.

  5. Hey, Brian! What I neglected to say is that if you’re filling a piston-filler pen with a syringe, you’d have to first pull out the pen’s nib. I don’t know if Visconti nibs unscrew easily like Pelikans, but if they do, that would facilitate the process. If they don’t unscrew, you’d have to pull out the friction-fit nib. It’s up to you if you want to do this or not. So, what I do, is I leave the piston filler to the open setting, then pull out the nib, then just use the syringe to put the ink in there. Definitely not the quickest way to fill a piston-filler pen, but it would allow you to use those bottles with the small openings or bottles that only have a tiny bit of ink left.

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