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.