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.