Ink Review - Pilot Iroshizuku fuyu-gaki


Hello, I’m Chrissy, and today, for The Writing Desk, I’m reviewing Pilot Iroshizuku fuyu-gaki ink. This translates to Winter Persimmon and is a lovely reddish-orange colour.

Fuyu gaki is an unusual colour. It’s neither orange nor pink. It matches the colour of a ripe persimmon fruit very well. The nearest ink I could find to compare it to was Diamine Coral.

Fuyu-gaki isn’t a saturated ink and exhibited some nice shading.

I wrote mainly with a Lamy Nexx M pen with Medium steel nib. The flow was excellent and felt nicely wet, and lubrication at the nib tip was very smooth across the page.

Lines were mainly crisp with no signs of spread or feathering.

It 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.

It dried very quickly within 6-8 seconds on the Clairefontaine Triomphe paper and didn’t smear after it was dry.

I didn't experience any clogging in my pens and saw no "crud" on the nib.

Clean-up out of my pens and converters was very easy, and I only used warm water.

It washed off of my hands with one wash.

 It is not waterproof but showed a little water resistance.

Available in Pilot Iroshizuku 50ml glass bottles.

  • Flow Rate: Excellent - wet.
  • Lubrication: Excellent - felt very smooth across the page.
  • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
  • Start-up: Immediate.
  • Saturation: Not saturated
  • Shading Potential: Some nice shading seen.
  • Show-Through: Some seen on the extra papers I used.
  • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Seen on Maruman Mnemosyne paper.
  • 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 a little water resistance.