Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki

Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki

Review Setup

Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki

Paper: Rhodia Line Grid (80g/m - 21.3lb)

Pen: Lamy Safari Charcoal Grey, Extra-Fine nib.

Thoughts

This is a ink I have heard of many times while listening to the Pen Addict Podcast.  If memory services me correctly, I think it is Myke’s favourite everyday ink. Ian (I think he might be my number one enabler) had sent me a message via twitter telling me that Pilot Iroshizuku inks are selling on Amazon for half the cost of anywhere else which led to me having this ink.  I have had this ink for a while now and heres what I have found.

For me this isn’t a standard orange ink, there is defiantly a noticeable shade of red to it.  This darkens it down from a bright orange to a blood orange.  This also really doesn’t allow for very noticeable shading.  The colour never really alters a lot when using for shading.

Another interesting element of this ink I noticed while it was drying after heavy shading was that there is a noticeable pinkish shade coming through in certain areas.  If you have been using this ink is this something you have come across?

As with the other Pilot Iroshizuku inks I have reviewed the drying times are super impressive.  This makes it great for drawing or everyday writing.

When I first got this ink for some reason it didn’t click with me, maybe I had the wrong expectations with it.  I had been expecting a brighter orange.  After using it for long periods I have now been won over by it.  If you are in the market for a good red/orange ink you can't go wrong with the Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki.

Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin

Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin

Review Setup

Ink:Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin

Paper:Rhodia Dot Grid (80g/m - 21.3lb)

Pen:Pelikan M400 Tortoiseshell, Extra Fine nib.

Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin
Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin
Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin
Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin
Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin
Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin
Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin
Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin
Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin
Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin
Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin
Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin

Thoughts

I had hinted via this website that there is a ink I have had that I was unsure of wether I actually liked it or not.  This is that ink in question.  Now that I have used it a lot more I feel I can give a more detailed review.

For a green ink I actually find it to look very washed out in colour.  It doesn't really have a lot of depth to it.  You really have to shade it heavily to get anything that resembles a dark green.  While shading I also noticed what looks like hints of a yellow(ish) tone appearing in the lighter areas.

One property of this ink that really impressed me is the drying time.  It drys very quick and in my tests (10, 15 and 20 seconds) it didn't smudge once.  This is my second Pilot Iroshizuku ink I have reviewed and it dried just as fast.  What makes this more impressive is that it lays down with the looks of a wet ink.

Comparing this to Diamine Meadow which I reviewed I feel this ink isn't really for me.  Overall I just find it to pale whereas Diamine Meadow has a nicer shade of green by default.

I might go back to this ink at a later date but for now I have to give it the thumbs down.