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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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Pilot Iroshizuku Shimbashi Iro

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Pilot Iroshizuku Shimbashi Iro

Pilot Iroshizuku Shimbashi Iro

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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Pilot Iroshizuku Fukugawa-Nezu

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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Pilot Iroshizuku Fukugawa-Nezu

Pilot Iroshizuku Fukugawa-Nezu

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.

Pilot Iroshizuku Edo-Murasaki

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:

Pilot Iroshizuku Edo-Murasaki

Pilot Iroshizuku Edo-Murasaki

Pilot Iroshizuku Edo-Murasaki

Pilot Iroshizuku Edo-Murasaki

Pilot Iroshizuku Edo-Murasaki

Pilot Iroshizuku Edo-Murasaki

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. 🙂