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Review: Pilot Iroshizuku Shimbashi Iro

Pilot Iroshizuku Limited Edition Itoya Inks

Here’s the third of the Tokyo Limited Edition inks by Pilot Iroshizuku which I got from Everything Calligraphy. It’s a very mellow kind of baby blue color. It looks like it’s best used with medium nibs or wet writers. The color is very light.

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It would also probably be very nice to use for calligraphy nibs.

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I’m not sure it would be very suitable for official writing (like signatures and other work documents). I see it more as an ink color for creative applications.

Pilot Iroshizuku Shimbashi Iro

It’s saturated enough to make it a readable ink, but I must admit I prefer darker blues. It flows great, though. It’s a wet-flowing ink that dries moderately fast (15-20 seconds, depending on nib and paper). It also has expressive shading. If you like light blue inks, this one is a great option. It’s not waterproof, but it also doesn’t completely wash off. Here are a few close ups of the writing sample:

Pilot Iroshizuku Shimbashi Iro

Pilot Iroshizuku Shimbashi Iro

Pilot Iroshizuku Shimbashi Iro

Pilot Iroshizuku Shimbashi Iro

Pilot Iroshizuku Shimbashi Iro

Pilot Iroshizuku Shimbashi Iro

Pilot Iroshizuku Shimbashi Iro

These limited edition Iroshizuku inks are available at Everything Calligraphy.

Ink Swab: Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo (Crimson Glory Vine)

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Bexley BX802, 1.1mm stub inked with Yama-Budo

I’m not overly fond of pink ink. I find them a little too…sweet. I cannot see them as something I would use on my daily journal, let alone for daily use. That being said, I’ve always been curious about Yama-Budo. Before I ordered this bottle, I had decided that if I will have one pink ink, maybe this would be it. I wasn’t overly excited about it when I got it, but when I inked a pen with it and wrote my first lines…gasp. This ink is crazy gorgeous.

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It reminds me of this beautiful flower my mom used to have in her garden. it’s deep pink on the outer parts of the petals, rich crimson towards the center. Looking at it gives me butterflies of delight in my tummy. This ink has a similar effect on me; it was love at first write. <3

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This luscious pink ink may very well be my first and last of the shade. I’m happy with it, and I think that it looks gorgeous in person. The first time I tried it, the color’s vividness just popped out of the page, and it was so smooth and flowed really well that it was such a pleasure to use with my Bexley BX802.

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It dries pretty fast (10 seconds) and retains some colors even when smeared or soaked a bit in water. It isn’t waterproof, though. Just highly saturated. That being said, it’s probably not the best idea to use it with a white pen (like what I did) or a demonstrator because it can stain. Being so gorgeous, though, you’d think that the stains are worth it. Sigh.

Even if the ink is highly saturated, it’s still expressive in shading. It also has some gold sheen on it, which may be visible depending on the kind of paper that you’re using. Here are a few close ups of the writing sample.

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This ink is a pleasant surprise for me, and I’m happy I took the chance and tried it out. It may seem strange to use a pink  or crimson colored ink in my daily journal, but that’s what I’ve been doing this week. I’m on my second converter fill in just a matter of four days, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s simply gorgeous!

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.