Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki – Ink Review

Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-GakiThe subject of the second review is Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki. No great backstory on this one, but I had also seen a number of positive reviews of this ink. In general, the Iroshizuku line is well-regarded. Most UK retailers charge £25 – £30 per 50ml bottle, which normally put the ink in the “luxury” category. However, I bought this bottle from Amazon Marketplace for £12.68 – which I would consider puts this ink in the “mid price” range. The fact I can get a bottle sent all the way from Japan for roughly half the price I could but it in the UK could be the subject of a post in itself.

In this case the test pen was Pilot Prera with a medium nib. I usually test with a Pilot MR, but of this occasion I wanted to try out the Prera and thought this would be a good ink to use. The nib is very similar to the MR though.

The box has an attractive silver grained finish – the name and colour are clearly visible. The bottle is very heavy with a thick base and groove to help reach the last few drops. While the bottle does look very attractive, I must admit I am somewhat put off by what feels like a degree of unnecessary packaging clearly intended to give a luxury feel. The neck of the bottle is slightly on the narrow size for me.

The ink showed no water resistance when tested, and a few drops of water rendered text illegible.

The ink was very easy to clean from the pen.

The drying time on Rhodia was around 40 seconds, which I would consider moderate.

On a general note all the handwriting scans make this ink look more red than it is in reality. The photos are more accurate.

Rhodia Dot Pad No 16

Ink Review Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki - Rhodia Dot PadThe ink flowed very well and was a pleasure to write with. The ink dried slightly darker than it came out of the pen.

Ryman Memo Block 9cm x 9cm

Ink Review Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki - Ryman MemoAgain the ink performed well without problems.

Yellow Post-It

Ink Review Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki - Post ItEven on the usually troublesome Post-it the ink performed well with minimal skipping or feathering. The contrast with the paper was good too.

Field Note – Pitch Black

Ink Review Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki - Field NotesFeathering on this paper was minimal – this really could be a viable candidate for note-taking with character.

Mnemosyne Word Card

Ink Review Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki - Word CardThe swab showed more slightly more shading than in the scanned image, which is also slightly biased towards red. The photo of the card below the tile could a more accurate colour rendition.


This is a great ink which performs well. I like the colour, so will be using it again. I can’t see the lack of water resistance being an issue in the situations I would use the ink. The only issue that may put me off buying this ink again is if I had to pay full UK price – in that case I would look at other options first.

2 thoughts on “Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki – Ink Review”

  1. The sample card is amazing. Can you share with us you sampling “cook book”. What is the small car you are using and how do you store them?? I will appreciate the same style of ink sampling.

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