4 New Iroshizuku Inks

Several months ago, Pilot came out with 4 new Iroshizuku ink colors that were released exclusively in Japan and set to arrive in the US around March. Well, they showed up early! We just got them in at GouletPens.com and I wanted to introduce you to these 4 new, rather unique colors.

I have already done ink reviews of the 17 previously existing Iroshizuku inks (much like I did with the Rohrer and Klingner inks here), and I will be posting those soon. Now I have 4 more to add to them!

Though at this point I’ve only done swabs and not actually inked them up, I expect the same characteristics I found with all of the other Iroshizuku inks: great flow, nice shading, and fast dry time. The inks aren’t cheap, but they are nice.

What do you think of the new colors?

2017-10-11T14:38:06+00:00 February 21st, 2012|Ink Reviews|24 Comments
  • Brian, you are to be commended. You have created for yourself the coolest job in the solar system. An astronaut bartender would be cooler, but I haven't heard of any of those. May you grow wealthy and remain happy regardless.

  • StevenHorvat

    Brian, I was really looking forward to trying a sample of  these inks. I was hoping the saturation of them would be higher too. hmm… what to do?

  • vampyre wolf

    Looks like I have another order to put through.  That purple one looks like it might be interesting in my usual pen…

  • Nicky

    I'm really looking forward to the reviews. Iroshizuku has definitely piqued my interest. 

    BTW, I think it's awesome that you're wearing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles t-shirt. Cowabunga dude! 

  • Rocky Huang

    I am using Murasaki Shikibu in my Edison Nouveau Premiere and the shading that I get on Rhodia paper is subtle but gorgeous. I had no problems with saturation but that's probably because I usually use wet writers and press down quite firmly. 

    As you probably don't know already, indigo is my favourite colour, yes that particular indigo! To have my favourite colour as an ink was exciting enough but the name, oh wow, I love Genji no Monogatari, it's probably my favourite classical Japanese work, though I can only understand around 20% in Japanese since the language is quite archaic and 'romantic' in the poetic sense. Genji was written by Murasaki Shikibu and this ink was probably released to celebrate 1000 years since the book was written. Actually 2008 was the 1000 year celebration but I think Yama Budo and three other inks were released then (correct me if I am wrong) so that's probably why they (Pilot) wanted to wait a little while before releasing 4 more.

    The bottles are incredibly well designed and very gorgeous so thanks for the presentation and showing everyone the beauty of these amazing inks. Hey Brian, if you're reading this, get on Skype because I'd love to talk to you about these inks, by the way, I speak Japanese and your pronunciation of Murasaki Shikibu isn't far off. Cheers! ^_^

  • I really like the beige one.

  • anaximander

    Thanks for the overview of these new colors, Brian. The Ina-ho looks especially interesting.

  • Greg

     Glad to see I'm in good company, that caught my attention first too 🙂 Samples of Chiku-rin and Ina-ho will definitely be in my next order.

  • JanT

    I'd love to get updates — Alaska has no pen stores. We generally order from Fahrney's and other competitors. Your site looks super, and did you know that the blogger people have added a new plugin/widget for email subscribers. I'd add my email in a heartbeat.
    btw, that one sample looks almost gold on my iPad. I'm pondering. So glad I found you when someone mentioned you on Flickr.

  • Thanks! Yeah, I won't lie, I love what I do 😉

  • Yeah, I didn't really know what to expect before they came in. They're not very saturated, but I'll have to see how they look in a pen. I'm anticipating great dry time and some pretty awesome shading as a result of the lesser saturation.

    And I'm glad you like my shirt! TMNT was my FAVORITE as a kid, both me and Drew actually. I saw this shirt at Target a few weeks ago and just couldn't pass it up.

  • The purple is the most impressive to me, it's the most vibrant of the bunch.

  • Haha, you like my shirt too? I remember watching it a LOT as a kid, and in fact, the first live-action TMNT movie was the very first movie I ever saw in the movie theater. 

  • You're sure you want to Skype? You know that I'm pretty excitable on a webcam! 😉 Thank you for all of the detailed info on the Murasaki Shikibu, that's pretty awesome! 1,000 years of history is pretty hard for us to conceive over here in the very 'young' US, but that's pretty awesome.

  • It is an interesting color. It didn't strike me as that unique when I first swabbed it, but when I flipped through my swab book and tried to find something similar, I really couldn't!

  • You're very welcome.

  • I'm glad you like my site 🙂 I put a lot of work into it, obviously! I'll definitely check out the email widget, thanks for the heads up! The sample looks gold, huh? One of the frustrating things about different browsers is that each one uses a different color profile, so even though I'm uploading one image, it can look a different color based on what web browser you use. It's a little frustrating, but there's nothing I can really do about it. 

  • JanT

    I did find an subscription whatsits for the Goulet store when I looked under Tips and Tricks, and signed up there. I don't know how you've set up the two sites, of course. But if signing at the store site means I'd miss seeing your t-shirt and videos, I'd sign up twice or more.

  • Rocky Huang

    Hah, no worries. I would love to chat on Skype, that'd be awesome. We should definitely do a hangout with Brian Gray and the gang again! xD I think Eric and Dan would love to get on board again. Cheers.

  • Ah, the subscription on GouletPens.com is for our weekly store newsletter, which is separate entirely from the blog. I'll work on setting up an email subscription feature here (there is one already, but it's kind of buried). 

  • I think that would be a blast 🙂

  • StevenHorvat

    I'm sure they will look better too. It looks good on the glass pen, I saw a post from Japan back in December that had them inked, it looked much better. I'm on the fence on this one I'll just have to wait to see if it grows on me. 

    Yeah TMNT was my Favorite too!

  • Marianne Vest

    I've tried the murasaki-shikibu and the chiku-rin.  The purple just seems like diluted R and K cassia to me but I love the chiku-rin.  I have used it in both a fine point preppy and a flexible point Mabie Todd.  It is great in the Mabie Todd for both drawing and writing and it is good in the preppy for drawing and even for writing it's not as light as it looks.  The color is very organic like celery with the standing ranging from pale to darker celery green.  I love it and will soon try the other two. 

  • You're right about the Murasaki-Shikibu, that's pretty spot on. It does dry faster than Cassia though 🙂 Chiku-Rin is a really interesting color, not a lot of others like it.