Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku yama-budo (Crimson Glory Vine)

Today I’m reviewing Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-budo ink. This translates to Crimson Glory Vine and is a bright deep magenta colour.

Although this colour may be a bit bright for some users, I think it’s fun to use some bright colours like this when writing letters or journals.

I wrote mainly with a Lamy Al-Star pen with Medium steel nib. Flow was good and felt neither wet nor dry, while lubrication at the nib tip was very smooth across the page. I consider it a well-behaved ink.

Yama-budo isn’t a saturated ink. It exhibited a little shading with finer nibs and some sheen with broad nibs and coated paper..

      • Flow Rate: Very good.
      • Lubrication: Nicely smooth.
      • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
      • Start-up: Immediate.
      • Saturation: Not saturated.
      • Showthrough: Oxford 80gsm pad, Rhodia Bloc, Rhodia Dot Pad, Tomoe River 52gsm.
      • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not seen
      • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after a couple of weeks in the pen.
      • Staining (pen): Not seen after several days – easy clean-up.
      • Staining (hands): Washed off of my hands after three washes.
      • Clogging: Not seen.
      • Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof, and shows little water resistance.
      • Available in Pilot Iroshizuku 15ml and 50ml glass bottles. from many sources worldwide.

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