Hello, Chrissy here again and today I’m reviewing Pilot Iroshizuku muraski-shikibu ink.

From Japanese this translates to the Japanese Beautyberry fruit and is an interesting bright lilac colour.

I didn’t have many similar inks to this one to compare it with, so it’s quite a different colour to other lilac or purple inks.

Muraski-shikibu 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. The ink was very well-behaved.

It dried in 16 seconds on the Clairefontaine Triomphe paper and didn’t smear after it was dry.

 

Available in attractive Pilot Iroshizuku 50ml glass bottles from The Writing Desk.

 

  • Flow Rate: Very good.
  • Lubrication: Nicely smooth.
  • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
  • Start-up: Immediate.
  • Saturation: Not saturated
  • Shading Potential: Some shading seen.
  • Show-Through: Some seen 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 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 good water resistance.


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