Iroshizuku ajisai (ink review)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

This ink review is about the Iroshizuku ajisai ink. I bought this bottle at PenGallery in Malaysia. My experiences with this shop are good.

I bought some new flash gear, so had to try a lot and made a lot of pictures of this ink ;-)
Iroshizuku Ajisai

A nice vivid bluish purple color. It is named after the beautiful flower Hydrangea. But the color is more blue then purple.
Iroshizuku Ajisai
Iroshizuku Ajisai

The flow of this ink is great and it writes really smooth. Drying time is lightning fast in a Moleskine (3-5 seconds). On Rhodia paper it takes (7-10 seconds).
Iroshizuku Ajisai

Written review
Iroshizuku Ajisai
Can't read it? Here's the translation:
"Iroshizuku ajisai

I filled my Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point (medium) with Iroshizuku ajisai.

The color is described as vivid bluish purple. And that is just what it is. It is named after the beautiful flower Hydrangea. It is more blue then purple.

The ink behaves perfect in combination with this medium nib on this Moleskine paper. It does not bleed through or feathers. It has a lightning fast drying time on this paper, so it could be great for lefties.

Ink is not cheap $0,45 - $0,50/ml. But it is really great.

Iroshizuku Ajisai

The Bottle
The bottle contains 50ml of great ink. The bottle has a great design. Can't they get a design award or something? In the bottom is a little hole to put the nib in when filling the pen. So every drop of ink will get into the fountain pen.
Iroshizuku Ajisai
Such a lovely bottle comes of course in a great looking box!
Iroshizuku Ajisai

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Iroshizuku Ajisai

100% Moleskine proof
This ink is 100% Moleskine proof. I could not find a Moleskine where the ink showed any bleed through. Another great ink you can 100% trust in every Moleskine without bothering about bleed through.

So let no one tell you a Moleskine is not well suited for fountain pens. With the right ink it is a great companion. Click on this link to see more 100% Moleskine proof inks.

For more Iroshizuku pages look on this page for more links and reviews.

The Iroshizuku ink is a luxurious line of inks created to reflect the beautiful natural scenery of Japan. The gorgeous shades will fill your fountain pen with bold, beautiful and vivid colors. Each bottle is a beautifully crafted glass container designed with an innovative dip at the bottom to ensure the savory enjoyment of every last drop. Every bottle has 50ml and are a great piece of art.


Anonymous said...

Great review & lovely photos - as always. Very stylish!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your excellent review! Iroshizuku Ajisai has been my favorite blue ink for some time now, it is lighter than Sailor Blue and PR DC Supershow Blue, my other two go-to blue ink colors. I must say, however, that my experience differs from yours with regard to this ink being Moleskine safe. Using a Pilot medium nib Capless/VP pen, I see a lot of bleed-through -- more than with the other blues -- and I am not able to write on both sides. In fact, this ink alone has led me to leave Moleskine and begin using Quo Vadis Habana journals. I would much rather switch paper than ink. I love Ajisai!

Note Booker, Esq. said...

I couldn't resist ordering some Iroshizuku as soon as I saw the bottle. Your photographs are fantastic! I'm going to be a little embarrassed by my photos when I review the Tsuki-yo and Tsukushi that I bought recently.

Unknown said...

Excellent review and the pictures are gorgeous! I am intrigued by your pen and the cool looking blue-purple ink.

SunnyDaiki said...

Hi, I'm staying in Tokyo now and there's a shop near my house that carries Iroshizuku ink in various color. Thank you so much for the review, I guess I should check this brand out.

And what fountain pen is that in the picture? I don't know much about fountain pen, and as you mentioned about the Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point, i googled it out but it's not the one in the picture. Can you tell me what that fountain pen is? I like it! Thanks.

Richard said...

Thanks for your compliment. The fountain pen is a Pelikan M205.

Unknown said...

I am waiting for my Ajisai to arrive (ordered it a couple of days ago). Can´t wait. Thank you for a wonderful review with great pictures.

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