Oh wow! Can you believe its already August? I know right, seems the older I get the faster time seems to go by. People who say their 30’s are amazing need to tell me how its done, because i’d jump back to basic arithmetic and three month holidays in a heartbeat. Enough about my old age, lets jump to the ink at hand.
The Iroshizuku line is a premium fountain pen ink created by Pilot, and in my opinion they’ve done an excellent job. According to Pilot they chose the name Iroshizuku because its a combination of the Japanese words “iro” (colouring) expressing high standards and variation of colours, and “shizuku” (droplet), which embodies the very image of dripping water. Each ink name derives from the expressions of beautiful Japanese natural landscapes and plants, all of which contribute to the depth of each individual hue. In this case the name Yama-Budo is translated to Crimson Glory Vine.
The box it comes in feels expensive and the bottle is pure simplistic elegance, the only other thing in the box is a simple pamphlet.
The bottle is beautiful and has a large opening as well as a handy functional dip, that should allow you to get the very last drop out.
Now this was an exceptionally difficult colour for me to try and capture, it has a chameleon quality depending on the lighting. My definition of this colour would be a darkened magenta. Its neither pink, red nor purple but more like a mixture of all the above. The colour is reminiscent of red wine, when is spilled on a white carpet.
This ink handles and flows like a charm, and with standard fountain pens this ink performs flawlessly. I really think pilot did a great job with this line. I did get some bleedthrough, and feathering but only when using an exceptionally fine calligraphy nib. Once I switched to a smoother larger one – the problem was no more.
The pilot parallel gave me no problems whatsoever, and demonstrated the range of shading this ink can accomplish. The water resistance in this ink is pretty good, with cleaning still remaining relatively easy.
The closest colour comparison would be Rhorer and Klingner Magenta, closely followed by Noodlers Cactus Fruit Eel which is the same range, but a brighter slightly more pink tone.
From the two Iroshizuku inks I own, and from the inks that I own, only Sailors ink formula beats it for me. The inks write smooth without hard starts, clean out easily and
As always this ink can be found online at Write Gear and for those of you lucky enough to live in the mother city, why not stop at the physical store and see the perrrrdy for yourselves?