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Iroshizuku

Iroshizuku Inks

Iroshizuku inks are made by Pilot. "iroshizuku" means droplets of colour.The folours are said to be inspired by the colours of nature. From the moment this line of ink came onto the market it has been a signficent success. Some may have thought its hefty price, especially at the time it was launched, would prevent the ink being so popular. But no so. And over time, Pilot has brought down the price so now it ranks on par with what would be called premium inks.

The bottles are something to admire and appreciate. The oblonge shaped bottles are taller than the width so they are a very well designed. As a pulse there is a small indent in the bottom of the bottle for the tip of the nib to rest, and this facilitates maximizes the fill of a pen.

Colours include:

Amo Iro (Sky Blue)
Asa Gao (Morning Glory)
Chikurin (Bamboo Forest)
Fuyu Gaki (Winter Peersimmon)
Fuyu Syogun (Old Man Winter) a cool grey with maybe a hint of purple
Ina-ho (Rice Ear) light brown
Kiri-Same (Autumn Shower) a warm grey
Kon Peki (Deep Cerulean Blue)
Kosumosu (Autumn Cherry Blossom)
Ku Jaku (Peacock)
Momiji (Autumn Leaves)
Muraski Shi Kibu (Japanese Beautyberry)
Shin Kai (Deep Sea)
Shin Ryoku (Forest Green)
Take-sumi (Bamboo Charcoal) a rich black
Tsuki Yo (Moonlight)
Tsukuski (Horsetail) described as a medium brown, this is a dark colour
Tsukuji (Azalea)
Yama Budo (Crimson Glory Vine)
Yama Guri (Wild Chestnut) a dark sepia brown
Yu Yake (Sunset)

Asa Gao

Asa Gao

asa-gao

Asa-Goa means morning glory blue. Here colour represented on the the packaging is not the colour of the ink. There is no purple tone byt rather a beautiful rich blue. Good performance, reasonable dry time, no feathering or bleeding.

Ku-Jaku

Ku-Jaku

 

ku-jaku

The colour of this ink is often referred to as peacock. It is like a teal, and I have enjoyed this ink very much. The ink takes just a bit longer than some of the other colours to fully dry, somewhere around 10+ seconds. The ink does not bleed or feather. Colour tone if fairly consistent in different width nibs.

fuyu-gaki

fuyu-gaki

 

 

fuju-gaki

kon-peki

Kon Peki

kon-peki

A rich brillant blue. One of the most popular colours in the iroshizuku line. I like this, but it seems on regular fill-ups, my pens seem to gravitate to some of the other blues in the line. The ink does have a good dry time.

tsukushi

tsukushi

 

 

tsukushi

A beautiful dark brown ink. Real brown, no warm tones. Infact, at time this ink can almost take on a black/brown look. Good performance, dries in 5-10 seconds. Great flat finish.

ajisai

ajisai

 

ajisaiTranslated, this ink is called

hyhdrangeas. It is described as a blue-purple ink. I like the rich blue tone. It performs well and drives in under 10 seconds.

tsuyu-kusa

tsuju-kusa

 

tsuyu-kusa

This is called asiatic dayflower blue.

fuyu-syogun

fuyu-syogun

fuyu-syogun

fuyu-syogun

There are two greys in the iroshizuku line of inks. fuyu-syogun is the cool grey colour. I like the ink for short notes, and it looks great on cream toned paper, but it is too pale for an full written page. Performance is good, very consistent performance with the other colours in the line.

shin-kai

shin-kai

shin-kai

shin-kai

momiji

momiji

momiji

momiji