Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao

This is a lovely blue colour, slightly lighter than the Waterman Serenity Blue, my former number one blue. This ink is now in that position. I have paired it with the Edison Glenmont, my number one pen.

The ink is very well behaved and is easy to clean. It is not waterproof but I have no need for such properties. Dry time is good, not too long. I have noticed some feathering but I am sure that this was due to my pen digging into the paper and not caused by the ink itself (the nib currently in use is an EEF).

The ink, to my eye anyway and in lower light, has an appearance of glowing on the page. Not really but I cannot think of a better way to express it. The colour lifts off the page. I have been unable to capture this effect  in a photo. I swear, I am not imagining it. I hope I am not imagining it…

Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao

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Diamine Oxblood

A very deep, rich red with some browns. The name is perfect, it does look like blood. This ink could double up as Halloween make-up should you wish.

This ink is very dark on ivory coloured paper, appearing more of a deep brown than than a red. Therefore I tend to not use it often, preferring to use Waterman Absolute Brown instead as it is lighter.

Like all saturated Diamine inks I have used, there tends to be a build up of residue on the nib. It cleans away quite well but should this clump move on the nib it can interfere with the line being put down by the pen. This has at times changed the writing performance of my nibs from extra-fine to more like stub nibs. It does lead to some interesting results, though not reliably.

Diamine Oxblood


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Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo

A beautiful purple. Picked up a sample of this from The Writing Desk and after one fill I have decided to buy a bottle. I’ve been looking for a good purple for quite some time, this is bright while not being too much for use in the office. I do get the occasional look but who really cares.

In a wide nib the colour is deep and rich. In a finer nib the colour is lighter, leaning toward pink. It is bright on the page, really standing out. Works very well as a markup ink but I use it as a main ink.

Like its stablemates, it is easy to maintain and clean, which is good as it is expensive.

I note that when I use a wide nib this ink sits on the page when it dries, I can feel the ink as a residue on the page. I have never noticed this with other inks though that could be due to my tendency to only use very fine nibs for writing. This is not a bad point, rather just an observation I have had. It can bleed through even Rhodia 90gsm paper when in a particularly wet nib so care may be required there.

Pilot Iroshizuku Yama Budo

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Cult Pens Deep Dark Orange

This is a great colour. Somewhat of an outlier in the Deep Dark range from Cult Pens as it is quite a bit brighter than its stablemates. The ink currently functions as both a main and a markup ink. On white paper the ink “pops” nicely. On ivory (e.g. Rhodia Webnotebook) it appears darker but still clearly orange.

One property in which this ink is very much a part of the Deep Dark range is its flow; it’s quite a dry ink and leads to regular hard starts. Leaving a pen uncapped for what feels like a few seconds leads to a stop in flow and not using it for a week or so is just asking for trouble. Starting again takes quite a bit of effort. Thankfully it’s an easy ink to maintain being straightforward to clean.

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