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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.

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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:

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These limited edition Iroshizuku inks are available at Everything Calligraphy.

Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku Fukugawa Nezu

Pilot Iroshizuku Limited Edition Itoya Inks

Here is another one of this year’s limited edition inks from Pilot Iroshizuku. It’s called Fukugawa-Nezu. It’s a grey ink that’s quite cool to the eyes but still saturated enough so that it’s easy to read. I think it’s a pretty shade of grey, and reminds me of the color of a koala bear’s fur.

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Pardon the wobbly drawing. I iz tired, gaaah.

Anyhoo, I like that this ink is almost silver in color. The only grey ink I have in my collection is Stormy Grey. I’m not much of a grey ink user so I never thought of adding more to it. This seems a bit lighter in color than Stormy Grey’s base color. It has some shading, though not very expressive. There’s  also no noticeable sheen.

This ink flows pretty well, but it dries fast too (around 10 seconds with a cursive italic fine nib). What’s pretty remarkable is that it’s water resistant.

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Coolness. The color would probably make it an interesting ink to use for pen and wash paintings (if you want your lines to be less obvious than black ink) or for pen and ink sketches.

Here are a few close ups of the writing sample.

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Overall, I like it the ink because it’s readable but stands out as a grey ink, not just a washed out black ink. Also, it’s water resistant so I can really use it for drawings and watercolor paintings in my journal.

Iroshizuku Fukugawa Nezu and other limited edition inks are available at Everything Calligraphy.

Pen used: Franklin Christoph pocket 40, steel cursive italic (fine) nib
Paper: Tomoe River white

Review: Pilot Iroshizuku Edo-Murasaki

Pilot Iroshizuku Limited Edition Itoya Inks

The wonderful folks at Everything Calligraphy sent over a few samples of the Limited Edition Pilot Iroshizuku inks. These were made specially for Itoya, Tokyo, I believe. They’re all pretty interesting colors, but I made a beeline for the Edo-Murasaki first. I’ve been wanting to try out Pilot’s Murasaki Shikibu but I never got around to buying a bottle. My first impression of the ink was that it’s a very beautiful shade of purple. I don’t have a lot of purple or purplish inks in my collection, so I decided to buy this one for myself.

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I can easily see this as a great ink for everyday writing. It’s nicely saturated and it’s a dusky kind of purple. Not too fruity-looking or too loud. It’s a nice, conservative, dark purple ink. It kind of reminds me of J. Herbin’s Poussiere de Lune, but a tad darker.

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It has nice shading, but the shading becomes less obvious with my 1.1mm nib. I like how it looks so rich and velvety. It has some sheen to it, but it’s not too noticeable. It takes a bit long to dry (about 15-20 seconds with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper), but it’s a very well-behaved ink, as I’ve come to expect from the Pilot Iroshizuku line. It flows so well and makes the writing experience that much more pleasant. Here are a few closeups of the writing sample:

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It’s not very water resistant, though it leaves a faint bluish mark behind. It also seems to get a bit darker after leaving on paper for a few hours.

Overall, another drop-dead gorgeous Iroshizuku ink. Watch out for my review of the other two limited edition Iroshizuku inks in the next few days.

These LE inks are available at Everything Calligraphy.

Ink Swab: Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-Ro

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My Pelikan M600 had been out of rotation for a few months. I decided to ink it up yesterday and since Syo-Ro looked a bit like a suitable blue green, I decided to try it out. It’s one of those inks that look very different when wet and dry. The photos below will show that. The one on the left is how it looks when it’s wet and the one on the right is when it’s dry.

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When wet, it looks similar to the base color of J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor, just without the sparkles and the pronounced red sheen. As it dries, the green component of the ink becomes more obvious. It’s a nice teal shade that leans more on the green side. As expected of the Iroshizuku line of inks, this ink performs really well. It dries relatively fast (less than 10 seconds on a wet, medium nib), and flows really good. I would put this at a moderate to wet flow. It’s not waterproof but it leaves behind traces of blue when wet.

It’s an interesting-looking ink, not your run-of-the-mill teal. The shading has some dark blue in it, reddish under some kinds of light. Check out some close ups of my writing sample below:

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Pilot has this way of making their ambiguous-looking inks very eye-catching.

Overall, I like this ink a lot because it’s something I can be comfortable using at work while still looking like a unique color. The flow is so pleasant, and it behaves very well. What’s not to like? 🙂

I bought this as part of a set of three small bottles from Everything Calligraphy.

Ink Swab: Pilot Iroshizuku Shin Ryoku Review

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I’ve had this ink for a while but I got so many new inks afterwards that I forgot to upload my review for it. Well, today’s as good a time as any. This ink was a gift from my husband a few months ago. Since I love green inks, he thought I’d like this too. It’s hard not to like these Iroshizuku inks. I’ve yet to meet an Iro ink that did not perform great in pens.

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I used this ink with my Faber Castell Emotion (medium nib). At first I didn’t want to put brown pen and green ink together, but Shin-Ryoku has this natural vibe to it. Using it with a wood pen didn’t feel incongruous. Shin-Ryoku means “Forest Green”, by the way. How apt.

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Like with all the Iroshizuku inks that I’ve tried before, this one flows so well. it feels like writing with silk. This ink is more expensive than others, but I can say it’s totally worth it. This one’s no exception. It flows so well, and at first glance the ink looks like what you would expect of a “forest green”, but then there are subtle things about it that makes it even more beautiful.

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On to the technical little nitty-gritty first. The ink dries moderately fast (between 10-15 seconds, depending on nib grade and paper). It’s not prone to nib creep as far as I can tell. The flow is moderate to medium, it actually feels like lubricated ink.

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It’s not waterproof or water resistant by any stretch, but it does leave behind a bluish outline. Not dark enough to be too noticeable though (see the photo below).

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In certain kinds of paper and under certain kinds of lighting, it shows tinges of red in the shading. It does show some shading, but I wouldn’t call it expressively shade-y. Here are a few close ups of the writing sample:

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Overall, it’s a nice, vibrant green that is nicely saturated. I prefer expressively shade-y inks, but this one’s pretty nice too. The red undertone gives it a subtly distinct character.

The great news for people living in the Philippines is that Iroshizuku inks are now available through Everything Calligraphy (nationwide shipping is available). There was a time when the only way to get this ink is through a balikbayan or through international shipping. It’s amazing how times have changed. 🙂

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 Asa-Gao (Morning Glory)

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Bexley Corona, 1.1 mm stub nib inked with Asa-Gao

I have to admit that I was waffling between another blue ink or a beautiful green ink to increase the greens in my collection. I just thought that Asa Gao seems to be a popular blue among my pen friends, I decided to see what all the love is about.

I have to admit that, again, Asa-Gao is a spot-on name for it. This blue ink positively pops out of the page in its vibrance without looking too unusual. It’s a very vibrant, vivid kind of blue.

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It’s highly saturated and is not showy in terms of shading. It dries pretty fast and does not lose its vividness or vibrancy after its been dry for a while.

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My first impression of this ink was that it had a purple glow to it. A closer look at the lines it lays down will show that it actually has a reddish sheen around the edges. It lends to the look that it has a purple undertone to it, especially in parts where the ink is darker on paper. Below are close up shots of the writing sample.

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The red sheen isn’t obvious at first glance, though it does achieve the overall effect of a morning glory flower, which is to increase the vividness of the blue with a touch of red.

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I must admit that as gorgeous as it is, it’s not exactly a very unique color. It’s not very complex nor does it have expressive shading or sheen. However, it is an excellent blue ink for daily use. It straddles that line between normal blue and vivid, unusually beautiful blue so perfectly.

It flows really well (like other Iroshizuku inks, no surprises there) and is very well-behaved even though it will stain your converter. If you’re looking for a blue ink for daily writing that stands out in vibrancy without looking too crazy…this is definitely it.

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.

6-Pen Lineup for the Week

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I’ve been a very good girl. I haven’t breached my self-imposed “6-pen at a time” rule. Seeing that I have a few new iro inks, I decided to use all of them in my lineup this week, plus a Noodler’s ink because I did not think of buying a green iro ink (facepalm).

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Here’s my line up for this week:
TWSBI Micarta, Medium – Yama-Guri (Wild Chesnut)
Pilot Vanishing Point, Medium – Tsuki-Yo (Moonlight)
Bexley BX802 1.1mm – Yama-Budo (Crimson Glory Vine)
Edison Pearlette, 1.1mm – Ina-Ho (Rice Ear)
Bexley Corona 1.1mm – Asa-Gao (Morning Glory)
Parker 51, Medium – Noodler’s Burma Road Brown (which writes more like a vintage green for my pen’s nib, my favorite Noodler’s ink)

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It’s gonna be a happy, happy week. 🙂

A Few Iroshizuku Inks in the Mail

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So this snugly bubble-wrapped package came in the mail for me today. It’s the inks I bought from createcrafts.ph, which I preordered back in Early February. It was a long wait, but I’m glad they’re finally here.

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They’re Asa-Gao (Morning Glory), Yama-Budo (Crimson Glory Vine) and Ina-Ho (Rice Ear). All of them are gorgeous but I have to say that my favorite is (surprise, surprise) Ina-Ho. It’s a gorgeous, very organic-looking brown. I’m pretty much smitten by it.

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Reviews coming soon-ish! 🙂