Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-Kai with Sheaffer Sagaris Metallic Blue: Monday Matchup #75

Hi there, fountain pen friends! Zippy here. I got the winter blues
for this week’s Monday Matchup. I picked Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-kai and
paired it with a Sheaffer Sagaris Metallic Blue fountain pen with a fine
nib. I chose this color combination because it felt cool and wintry.
I’d tried the ink before but I’d never used a Sheaffer. I’m happy to
report that this combination exceeded my expectations, especially the

I wanted to create a scene of openness, and
mountains immediately sprang to mind. From a distance, mountains can
make you feel small or fenced in, but while standing atop them, you get a
feeling of liberation. I also equate openness with simplicity. I wanted
to bring that feeling to life with my pen and ink, so I got to work.

started out with a pencil, sketching the treeline and mountains. I took
the Sheaffer and went over the outlines. I liked the thin line the fine
nib produced! It was now time to do the shading. I knew I wanted to
contrast the darkness of the treeline with the lighter mountains,
leaving the snow caps bright white. I took an empty brush pen and dipped
the tip into the lid of the bottle of ink. I got as much ink as
possible and spread it through the trees, creating a deep blue ink wash.
Then, I filled the brush pen with water and moved on to the mountains,
dipping the tip in the cap, and creating a much lighter shade of blue. I
was able to gauge a happy medium shade for the sky after finishing the
ink wash for those two parts of the work.

I liked
working with this pen and ink a lot! I have to say, I was not exactly a
fan of Sheaffer before trying out this pen. I was impressed with how
smooth the nib was. It was also really well balanced, especially
unposted. The nib design was also unique and really interesting.

though I’d used this ink to write before, I’d never used it in a piece
of artwork. I was surprised with how wet it was! It took awhile to dry,
but I loved the color so that was OK.

I think this
would make a great pen and ink combination for letter writing,
especially if you had time for reflection or could set aside the page to
dry. Since the ink is so wet, this would be something to use for
contemplative writing sessions, not quick notes. If you paired the pen
with a different ink, it would work well in professional setting.

The Sheaffer Sagaris Metallic Blue is available at Gouletpens.com for $49.50. You can find Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-kai in a 50ml bottle for $28 or a 2ml ink sample for $2.50.

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Write on,

2017-10-11T14:00:54+00:00 December 28th, 2015|Monday Matchup|15 Comments
  • anaximander70

    Nicely done! I think the Sagaris is an underrated pen that should get a bit more press than it does.

    • Hey there! I couldn’t agree more. It’s a nice writer. Do you have one?

      • anaximander70

        I do. Wine and chrome with an F nib. Not showy, but the nib is fantastic!

  • Tom Johnson

    I love this, Zippy! Mountains are really special. I think less than 10% of the earth has mountains, something like that. Such a nice dark ink but it has a lot of character. Another Monday made better! Thanks.

  • Kathy

    Zippy, this is a great Monday Match-up! I love the various shades of this ink. It is wet, but the shading is incredible. I love Sheaffer pens, and am glad you featured the Sagaris. Hope you and the team had a great Christmas and enjoyed the long weekend!!! Thanks for ending my Goulet blog withdrawal symptoms!

    • Hey Kathy! We all had a great Christmas, thanks for the well wishes. I hope you did as well! 🙂

  • Leyira

    I’m relatively new to the Iroshizuku inks, but I love them! I have found they are a very wet ink, but I don’t mind. The shading and vibrancy of the inks make up for any ‘excessive’ wetness. Beautiful artwork this Monday!

    • Hey there! I love Iroshizuku inks as well, but I’m partial to wet writing inks in general. Do you have a favorite Iroshizuku yet?

  • Denise

    so which brush pen did you use? I have yet to pick one for my first foray into brush pens and I’m less confident about that than about picking pens to write with.

    • Hi Denise! We have a bunch of left over brush pens that used to come free with select Noodler’s pens, so that’s what we use around the office. There are a ton of good options out there! We carry some Noodler’s as well as some Platinum ones. What are you planning on doing with them?

      • Denise

        Well, I’m absolutely not an artist, but sometimes I like to copy ideas of simple line drawings and would like something more subtle than filling them in from one of my fountain pens. I love the color washes you and others get in your artwork and would love to play around with it. But I’m not a serious artist so would want to dabble with something before committing to a nicer brush pen. I think I’d like the individual fibers, though, rather than a soft felt-tip pen.

  • Otter

    Beautiful drawing, Zippy! I’m a big fan of Sheaffer and also the Iroshizuku inks. Nice combination on this Monday match-up!