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Ink Swab: Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-Kai


Shink-Kai (Deep Sea) is one color in a set of three that I bought from Everything Calligraphy last week. Honestly I picked it because I wanted to expand my collection of blue inks, but it wasn’t even my second choice. After trying it out, it promptly dislodged Tsuki-Yo as my favorite blue ink (though I still love Tsuki-Yo, of course).

PB258795I was a little hesitant about it because it seemed like a run-of-the-mill stock blue ink. I was so wrong. This leans more into the blue black category, but it’s more on the  blue side than on the black side. I like it because it’s a simple kind of blue black, not something that has confusing green undertones. Just a nice blue black which gets more greyish as it dries. It’s certainly far from boring blue.


In bright light, it shows as a vibrant, nicely saturated blue. Under gentler light and with more absorbent paper, the greyish undertones become more apparent. This blue is so easy and gentle on the eyes. It’s eye-catching in its own subtle way. The blue really pops out, especially when used with Tomoe River paper (what I used in this review).


It has a slight red sheen to it, although it’s not immediately noticeable. It sort of just gives the lines that you write that subtle red outline. The shading is also quite gorgeous. Check out a few close ups below:

You can see some of the subtle red sheen here.
Gorgeous shading!



Not very water resistant, but does leave some blue behind.

Lefties will like that this ink dries up relatively fast. It minimizes the risk of smudging. It’s not very water resistant, though it leaves traces of blue behind.


For an ink that dries up fast, it certainly flows very well. I would put the ink flow of Shin Kai as moderate to slightly wetter than moderate. It performs really well, as I’ve come to expect from these wonderful Iroshizuku inks. I would  imagine it would turn out differently if I use finer nibs, but I like how it pairs with my Franklin Christoph Model 02’s 1.1mm nib.

Overall, it’s a wonderful blue ink. It’s easy on the eyes, performs wonderfully, and produces beautiful shading. It’s a subdued blue that makes it great for everyday writing, but it’s not a boring, ordinary-looking kind of blue. I think the name fits it so well. 🙂

Inkses! Pretty Little Inkses!

Bless us and splash us, my precious! Inkses!


These cute little bottles! I picked out my favorite three Iro ink colors from Everything Calligraphy so I can give them as my exchange gift for the South Pen Meet but unfortunately I wasn’t able to go. So I sent back Yama-Guri and Tsuki Yo and exchanged them with Shin Kai and Syo Ro, and kept the Momiji in the set. Always a pleasure to deal with Jillian, such a nice and accommodating person. 🙂

These little bottles are too cute! Almost too cute to use! Almost.

Ink Swab: Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho (Rice Ear)

Cross Century II, Medium, inked with Ina-Ho

Iroshizuku Ina-Ho has always been a fascinating ink color for me. It’s one of those colors that you can’t simply peg down as yellow, brown or green. Kinda like Burma Road Brown, only this ink is in a class of its own.

Ina-ho with Asa-Gao on an Alunsina Journal (ivory-colored paper)

I’ve been using this ink extensively this week (two converters full, so far), and It’s a remarkably complex color. Again, the name Ina-Ho (Rice Ear) is very apt because it reminds me of golden grains of rice and their stalks.


With wider nib grades, it becomes more brown than golden green. Same with ivory-colored paper. In my Elias journal, it looks like a golden brown that’s close to the color of Lie de The, but not quite. In some lights it looks like golden green, in some, it looks like yellowish brown. Its hard to peg the color down.


It dries moderately fast, and though it’s not what I would call very water-resistant, some color does stay on paper. It’s not highly saturated at all. It is an expressive ink. There’s so much shading in it and when you take a closer look at the shading, that’s when the character of the ink really shines. Here are some close up shots of the writing sample.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Like other Iroshizuku inks that i tried, it’s very well-behaved. It’s not prone to feathering or nib creep, but it does flow a tad drier. Or it could be that I need to change the pen that I’m currently using with it. I suppose it’s not the kind of ink that you would choose for daily writing in more formal settings, but it’s a very unique and beautiful shade. I don’t think that I own any ink similar to it.

Ink Swab: Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo


I got this wonderful bottle of ink today as a gift from my pen bestie, Keshia. It’s my first Iroshizuku ink and I was very pleasantly surprised with it.

First off, I find the bottle so beautiful. It’s a gorgeous glass bottle that holds 50ml of gorgeous blue ink. It’s perhaps the prettiest ink bottle in my small ink collection. I like that I can see the ink sloshing about, and that it has this little funnel at the bottom that makes it easier to get ink even when the ink level is getting low.


The mouth of the bottle is also sufficiently wide and I like that it’s convenient for filling large pens even at an angle.

The ink flows really well. This is a very wet ink, although it does not feather on fountain pen friendly paper. One time I was trying out this wet ink (J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage) and it feathered and bled through like nobody’s business on my Elias journal (which never feathers of bleed through). This ink flows smoothly but behaves very well on paper. It is a bit susceptible to nib creep, but that’s okay with me.


I find Tsuki-yo to be a rather pleasant shade of darkish blue with some hints of green. Not too dark that I’d consider it a blue-black, though. I’d say it has medium saturation and, for very wet writers, some reddish shading.  Continue reading “Ink Swab: Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo”