Saturday, January 12, 2013

Pilot Iroshizuku, Completing the Line



With the release of the Ama-Iro, Take-Sumi, and Shin-Kai, Pilot has now completed the line of their 24 Iroshizuku inks. This is a broad overview of the brand as a whole, showing how the new three inks fit in to the palate. Full reviews of the three latest inks will be coming soon.





Write On,
Brian Goulet 

12 comments:

  1. I like the new intro. Props to whoever did that.

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  2. Nice video. The color rendition came out great - I can even see the differences between the two greys. One thing, you said the video was being done in January "2012". Oops. Also, my Ink Drop sticker this month had a purple logo on it?? I knew Brian would someday use up all the blue ink! LOL

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  3. Thank you. I've been waiting to hear about these new colors. What you said about Take-Sumi sounds very much like what you said about Edelstein Onyx in your review of that ink, and both sound very attractive. Will you be doing a comparison in your review of Take-Sumi?

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  4. Waski_the_SquirrelJanuary 13, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    I'm very fascinated by this ink. Aside from a few Noodler's colors I want to add to my collection, these are the next ink I'm interested in. My notebooks are already a strange collection of colors with no pattern or system.


    I like the theme of this ink: colors of Japan. I've lately been playing with a little pen and ink sketching, so these may be some worthwhile acquisitions for that purpose. Practicality means that I may buy one or two bottles. After all, how much ink can one person use?

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  5. Can't wait to try these out. I usually have two or three pens inked with Iroshizuku... apart from water resistance; they just do everything so well!

    Another interesting feature of the bottles is that they are almost impossible to tip over, especially when half-full. Try it sometime (with the lid on!!!). Not that any fountain pen user would be clumsy enough to accidentally hit an ink bottle when filling a pen, but it is nice to know that you probably won't end up with a desk full of expensive ink.

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  6. I like the Iro inks I've tried, enough that I bought the shin-ryoku, but half of their colours are shades of blue (or blue/grey)! Would it really have been too much to push their palette a little further?

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  7. Yeah, I'm so used to saying 2012 that I didn't even notice it...when I said it or in my post-production! Oops...


    Your Ink Drop sticker was purple? Ug...our printing company had a problem with that before, they must have screwed up this last batch, too. Dang, I'll have to check that out.

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  8. They do actually seem pretty similar, and I am going to mention Onyx in my Take-Sumi review. I won't spend a lot of time on the comparison, but it's worth noting.

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  9. I'm a big fan of Noodler's, and I can definitely appreciate Iroshizuku as well. I'm a bit like you, my notebooks look like they were written by a rainbow :) The only objection I ever hear about drawing with the Iro inks is the price...usually artists want to be frugal with their inks because they go through a lot of it. But the fast dry time on *most* of the Iro inks would make them great for drawing.

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  10. That's a great thing to point out, I can say that I've never personally tipped one over :)

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  11. I'm sure they had their reasons for choosing the colors they did, but I agree...there seem to be a lot of close blues/grays to each other. A lot of brands are like that in one way or another...Diamine has a lot of pinks, Noodler's has a ton of blacks.

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