Ink Review - Sailor Shikiori Shigure 

Hello it’s Chrissy here again and today I’m reviewing Sailor Shikiori Shigure ink. Shigure writes as a very dark purple, almost black ink. As a purple, it leans more blue than red and it is a well-saturated ink. If you leave your pen filled with Shigure for any length of time it will soon begin to look even darker.

I found it quite wet with very good flow. Lubrication on the nib felt very smooth across the paper. You don’t need to use Shigure in a really wet writing pen.

Shigure 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 fairly quickly in approximately 15 seconds on the Clairefontaine Triomphe paper and didn’t smear after it was dry.

I didn’t see any sheen and only saw some shading with the finer nibs that I used. Shigure was previously in the Jentle line up and I think it maybe even looks a little darker in the Shikiori version. It wasn’t difficult to clean out of my pens nor off of my hands.

Thanks to them for sending me a sample to review.

  •        Flow Rate: Very good. Wet.
  •        Lubrication: Very smooth.
  •        Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
  •        Start-up: Immediate.
  •        Saturation: Well saturated
  •        Shading Potential: Sometimes seen with finer nibs and drier writing pens.
  •        Show-Through: Sometimes 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 2 weeks - easy clean-up.
  •        Staining (hands): Washed off of my hands easily.
  •        Clogging: Not seen.
  •        Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof, but shows some water resistance.