Ah yes, Iroshizuku ink! It's been quite a while since I last bought another bottle of this wonderful stuff, which is probably -certainly- because of its price. But even then, at the price of two bottles of Montblanc or Pelikan Edelstein ink, I couldn't resist getting some more of it. The color I chose this time is Ina-Ho (Translated: Rice ear). I actually wasn't planning on buying this specific color, but once I saw it in real life, I was smitten...
Ina-Ho is a rather light brown, almost gold-ish color. Brown-gold really is the only way I could describe it. As an Iroshizuku ink, I expected nothing less than perfection, which is exactly what I got. The color is absolutely gorgeous, both bright, vivid and relatively subdued at the same time! I wrote this with my Pelikan M1000 with BB nib, which has a gusher of a nib, and I think that's where this ink belongs. I didn't try it out with a dry writer yet, but I'm guessing it would get a lot lighter, and lose part of it's appeal.
This is not at all an EDC ink, I guess, except if you like your important documents to have a bit of a yellow color accent to it. It's not one I'd use for taking notes in class, that's for sure!
Ina-Ho has great shading properties, especially in combination with wetter nibs. It dries relatively fast, doesn't bleedthrough most decent paper, and it doesn't have the tendency to feather.
Pilot Iroshizuku ink is expensive, really expensive! Where I live, a bottle of Iroshizuku costs about 35-40 Euros, which is ridiculous. Luckily it can be found for less, if you search around carefully. In the end, it's a matter of choosing between another pen and a bottle of this. But every now and then, I think it's well worth it!
As a little extra for you, dear readers, I've made some more pen p0rn wallpapers, you can find them over HERE.
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