The 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
Ryman Memo Block 9cm x 9cm
Field Note – Pitch Black
Mnemosyne Word Card
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.