Today I’m reviewing Pilot Iroshizuku shin-ryoku ink.
From Japanese this translates to Forest Green and is a mid-range emerald, forest green colour that leans slightly blue.
It was well-behaved while writing with all of my pens, had good flow and smooth lubrication across the page. When the pen lays down a lot of ink on a smooth, coated paper you can sometimes see an attractive red sheen.
It did not suffer from any hard starts or non-starts when I put the uncapped pen down to do swab tests, dry times and water resistance.
Available in attractive Pilot Iroshizuku 50ml and mini 15ml glass bottles from many outlets Worldwide. Prices vary quite a bit so it’s wise to shop around.
- Flow Rate: Very good.
- Lubrication: Very good – smooth.
- Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
- Start-up: Immediate.
- Saturation: Not saturated
- Shading Potential: Some shading and red sheen seen.
- Show-through/Bleed-through: Only noticeable on cheaper papers.
- Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: None seen.
- Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after several days in the pen.
- Staining (pen): Not seen – easy clean-up.
- Staining (hands): Took two or three washes before my fingers were clean.
- Clogging: Not seen.
- Water resistance: Not a waterproof ink.