Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku ina-ho (Rice Ear)

Pilot Iroshizuku ina-ho ink translates from Japanese to Rice Ear and is a light to medium brownish yellow colour similar to the colour of wheat.

It tends to lean slightly blue/grey and has a water resistant blue dye content when chroma tested. It’s an unusual shade of ink and I found it difficult to find comparison inks to match it against from my collection.

Ina-ho is a well-behaved ink that didn’t suffer from any skips or hard starts when I put the uncapped pen down to do swab tests, dry times and water resistance. It flowed well and felt quite wet and smooth writing.

In my experience it showed up much better when writing on white papers than it did when writing on cream papers. I also didn’t experience any feathering on the papers that I wrote on.

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

Available in attractive Pilot Iroshizuku 50ml glass bottles and 15ml sample bottles from many retailers worldwide.

  • Flow Rate: Very good.
  • Lubrication: Very smooth.
  • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
  • Start-up: Immediate.
  • Saturation: Not saturated
  • Shading Potential: Lots of nice shading seen.
  • Show-Through: None seen on Clairefontaine Triomphe.
  • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not seen
  • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after a week 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 the blue grey content is water resistant.

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