Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-yake: Ink Review

Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-yake orange fountain pen ink

Hello inky friends! Madigan here, reviewing the glorious Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-yake. I used this ink in a recent Monday Matchup and liked it immediately. While it might not be the most audacious orange, it is still vivacious with gorgeous shading. Yu-yake translates to sunset and this ink will certainly set your writing ablaze! Read on to discover more.

Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-yake orange fountain pen ink
Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-yake orange fountain pen ink
Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-yake orange fountain pen ink
Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Medium– Under 30 seconds and this one is dry. That’s a pretty standard drying time. Not quick dry by any means, but you shouldn’t be too worried about turning the page when writing.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Medium– Surprisingly, this ink had pretty good staying power! It isn’t exactly waterproof (there was some smearing) but the lines stayed somewhat in tact and legible.


  • Medium– While there were definite fluctuations in color
    between the first and second swabs, there was no difference between the
    second and third.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Easy– The light hue of the ink made it easy to clean out of the pen. A couple of runs through the faucet, and my Lamy was clean.


  • High– Like a lot of orange inks, this one had gorgeous shading. When I worked with it in my Monday Matchup, I could see almost burnt orange, to this lighter shade. It’s seriously stunning.


  • Medium-This ink has wonderful flow! Not to heavy, not too light, right in the sweet spot.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • Beautiful 50ml bottle and box.
  • Bottle has a large round opening making it easy to fill.
  • The box is beautifully designed and pleasant to look at.

Inks Similar in Color:

Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-yake ink review

This is a fantastic ink! I’m not sure if it quite beats out Noodler’s Habanero for me, but it is gorgeous. I can see it working well as an alternative editing ink. It could work well for teachers who don’t want to grade in red as well. Obviously, orange isn’t the most professional of colors, but it could be used for letter writing or journaling.

You can find Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-yake at GouletPens.com in a 50ml bottle for $28 or a 2ml ink sample for $2.50.

What is your favorite orange ink?

Write on,

2017-10-11T14:37:51+00:00 August 31st, 2016|Ink Reviews|9 Comments
  • sbc405

    This looks good. How does it compare to Apache Sunset ?

    I am liking orange inks a lot nowadays. Had PR Orange Crush and got Diamine Sunset delivered today. Will pick up Apache Sunset some day.

    • Hey there! It has more red tones, less yellow when compared to Apache Sunset. Apache sunset can give you a wider range of colors, too, depending on nib size, paper quality, etc. Yu-yake is going to be more consistent in color. I hope that helps! 🙂

      • Aquaria

        It will have more consistent quality control as well. I’ve had some serious QC issues with Noodler’s inks in the past, with batches having significantly different color or composition variations that can wreak havoc on works in progress.

  • Kathy

    Madigan, thanks again for another great ink review! You’ve already answered my question regarding the comparison with Apache Sunset. I like that the Yu-yake has more red tones…going on my wish list!

  • David

    Nice, but I’m firmly rooted in the Noodler’s Ink ‘Apache Sunset’ camp. (And No – The name “Apache Sunset” is Not Cultural Appropriation! So you P.C./SJW Zombies just crawl back into your Safe Spaces – and stop bothering us!)

    • Aquaria

      Oh for crying out loud, keep the politics somewhere else.

    • William Jones

      That is quite the chip on your shoulder you have there – maybe it’s you who needs the safe space.

  • Vinstor

    Looks like a great ink. Definitely on the “possibility” list when I run out of Lamy Copper Orange — which I hope won’t be for a long time.

  • Aquaria

    夕焼け (Yuuyake) literally translates to “scorched evening” or even “baking evening,” an apt description for a lot of sunsets in warm or temperate climates with high humidity, like Japan.

    In many such places, the sun turns this color (and its shadings) just as hits the horizon.

    Hence, the color of this ink.