Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku fuyu-gaki (Winter Persimmon)

Today I’m reviewing Pilot Iroshizuku fuyu-gaki ink. From Japanese this translates to Winter Persimmon and is a lovely reddish orange colour.

Fuyu-gaki is an unusual colour. It’s neither orange nor pink. It matches the colour of a ripe persimmon fruit vey well. The nearest ink I could find to compare it to was Diamine Coral.

It didn’t suffer from any hard starts or non-starts when I put the uncapped pen down to do swab tests, dry times and water resistance.

It dried very quickly within 6-8 seconds on the Clairefontaine Triomphe paper and didn’t smear after it was dry.

Available in attractive Pilot Iroshizuku 50ml or 15ml glass bottles from many outlets worldwide.

  • Flow Rate: Excellent – wet.
  • Lubrication: Excellent – felt very smooth across the page.
  • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
  • Start-up: Immediate.
  • Saturation: Not saturated
  • Shading Potential: Some nice shading seen.
  • Show-Through: Some seen on the extra papers I used.
  • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Seen on Maruman Mnemosyne paper.
  • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after several days in the pen.
  • Staining (pen): Not seen after several days – easy clean-up.
  • Staining (hands): Washed off of my hands easily.
  • Clogging: Not seen.
  • Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof, but shows a little water resistance.

PI fuyu gaki

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