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Iroshizuku

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:

Ajiai

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)

Tsuyu-kusa
Yama Budo (Crimson Glory Vine)
Yama Guri (Wild Chestnut) a dark sepia brown
Yu Yake (Sunset)

 

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.

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

momiji

momiji

 

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