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Iroshizuku

iroahizuku

 

I read such positive comments about this ink that I put it on the list of inks that I should try sooner rather than later. I am glad I did, and over the the past years I continue to enjoy using this line of ink. The information I have read indicates the PH level of the ink is above 7 so the ink is considered acid free and archival safe.

The iroshizuku inks are made by Pilot in Japan. The price point is on the higher end. But for that price you get an excellent ink, a wide range of colours, and it all comes in an bottle that is beautifully designed. It feels so nice in the hand.

I say well designed ink bottle as it is tall and narrow so getting a large nib fully submerged is not an impossible challenge. The opening at the top of the bottle is wide enough for a large pen, like a M1000. The bottle has a heavy base and is stable enough that if you need both hands on your pen to twist a piston filler for example, the pen can rest, standing, and the bottle is secure. But I must say, if there ever is going to be a bottle where after it has set for some time I have a difficult time getting the cap off, it would be iroshizuku bottles. Wrap an elastic band around the cap, it will help create a stronger grip.

ajisai

aijsai ink by iroshizuku

 

ajisai

Do not be persuaded by the colour of the label on the box. This ink does not look as light as you may think the ink will be. The ink is sometimes described as a blue-purple. I do not see the purple in the ink. When I see swabs made with cotton tips, it does have a washed out look.

Yes when I write with this pens that have a very broad nib, the lighter tones start to come out. The name means a hydrangea and here on the west coast I see the colour of this in in some of the beautiful shades of blue in that plant's blossoms.

It is commonly referenced that this ink has medium shading.

Good writing performance. This in writes on par with the other inks the line.

 

ina-ho

ina-ho

ina-ho

The English name for ina-ho ink is "rice ear". It is meant to reflect the autumn colour. It is a brown gold colour with some green. I find it an interesting colour, but one that varies in tone depending on the nib and the paper. The broader the nib you use, the more colour tone will come as as you write.

I have used this ink for a number of years, but also on smaller dedicate projects. Right now for a journal of data results. I tried it at work and it did not come out right, in my mind for business writing.

Good performance, reasonable try time.

fuju-syogun

fuju-syogun

During 2020 I started the search for the perfect grey ink. It gave me a focus! After trying many brands, each with their own slightly different colour tone I find the fuju-syogun to be one of the inks I like the most. It dries with a solid grey look, not a light-toned black. The colour is deep enough so that it can be used in both business and personal use.

Good performance, the ink has good flow. It looks slightly darker when wet and then dries to a slightly silver grey colour. Perfect.

tsuki-yo

tsuki-yo

tsuki-yo

The English name for this colour is Moonlight. It comes across as a dark-toned blue and I have used it quite a bit. Good for business and personal writing. The ink has a good wet flow, nothing "dry" about how this ink flows from the nib. The ink has a real presence on the paper.

 

asa-gao

asa-gao

asa-gao

This is a beautiful bold, bright blue ink in the iroshizuku line. I like its brightness, it certainly has a solid presence on the paper. There is always a regular search for the perfect blue, this ranks up near the top.

Very good writing performane, good flow, the inks holds its bold colour tone with both broad and narrow nib widths.

tsukushi

tsukushi by iroshizuku

 

tuskushi

Here is one of the brown inks that I have been using for years. It is a dark, deep rich brown. In the irishizuku line there is a darker brown (yama-guri) and much lighter tones (ina-ho) but this is the brown that I find I use the most.

Deep true brown colour. Excellent flow. Holds its tone with a good range of nibs.

yama-budo

yama-budo

yama-budo

In my search for a truly bold ink, I found yama-budo to be the bold, bright colour that I was looking for. Kind of a purple but with deep pink tones, this ink looks truly different.

It has solid writing characteristics, good flow and consistent colour in various nib widths. I find the colour is best for short messages. When I have looked back at where I have used it for full page after page of writing the boldness of this ink kind of takes over!

 

 

 

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