Ink Review #742: Pilot Iroshizuku Ajisai

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I love Pilot Iroshizuku inks, they have a lovely flow and come in pretty colors. Let’s take a look at Ajisai, aka Hydrangea. I purchased my bottle of ink from Pen Chalet.

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The color:

Ajisai is the perfect purple-blue as spring hydrangeas. It’s a unique color, there aren’t many inks this shade.

Swabs:

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In large swabs there’s a tiny bit copper sheen.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 15 seconds

Water resistance: Low, when exposed to water the purple washes away and only a bit of the blue is left.

Feathering: Low-there was just a bit of feathering in the larger nib sizes on Leuchtturm.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was just a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm.

Other properties: medium shading, tiny sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen was only visible in large swabs on Tomoe River paper, and even then there was just a tiny bit.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was a bit of bleeding and feathering in the larger nib sizes as well as some feathering in the smaller nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:

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Ajisai is closest to Organics Studio Potassium, but it’s more vibrant. Click here to see the Pilot Iroshizuku inks together, and click here to see the purple inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Platinum 3776 Nice Lavande with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, I love this color for spring and late winter. It has a great flow and the color is beautiful. It’s a win for me.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

2 years and 700 inks

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Today, May 17th, is Mountain of Ink’s two year anniversary! Not only has it been two years, but we have reached over 700 inks! Every time I complete 100 ink reviews I talk about my favorite inks by color, but this time, by reader request, we are going to tackle them by brand instead. These are my current favorites, not favorites of all time or ones you should rush out and buy, just some inks I'm really enjoying right now. Since it’s almost summer I find myself reaching for brighter, fun colors.

The First 100 Inks

The First 200 Inks

The First 300 Inks

The First 400 Inks

The First 500 Inks

The First 600 Inks

The rules: the inks have to have been in the first 700 ink reviews. They have to be my current favorites from that brand, meaning the ones I use the most often. My favorites change often, so these are the ones I have used the most in the last month.

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Akkerman

  • Shocking Blue

Ancient Song

  • Offering Incense

Aurora

  • Black

Birmingham

  • Daisy Lace

  • Marmalade

Blackstone

  • Sydney Harbour Blue

  • Barrier Reef Blue

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Bungubox

  • 4B

  • Ebisu Gold

  • Mother Pink

Callifolio

  • Andrinople

Colorverse

  • Lights on Ceres

  • Einstein Ring

  • Photon

  • Hayabusa

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De Atramentis

  • Pine Green

Diamine

  • Silver Fox

  • Gerbera

  • Peach Haze

  • Marine

  • Soft Mint

Franklin Christoph

  • Honeycomb

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J Herbin

  • Corail des Tropiques

  • Ambre de Baltique

Kaweco

  • Ruby Red

  • Paradise Blue

Kingdom Note

  • Uca Arcuata

KWZ

  • Old Gold

  • El Dorado

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Kyoto TAG

  • Kyo-no-oto #1 Nurebairo

  • Kyo-no-oto #7 Hisoku

Lamy

  • Vibrant Pink

  • Coral

  • Pacific Blue

  • Dark Lilac

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Montblanc

  • Oyster Grey

  • Lucky Orange

  • Irish Green

Monteverde

  • Confidence

  • Moonstone

  • Garnet

  • Sapphire

  • Amethyst

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Nagasawa Kobe

  • #30 Oji Cherry

Nemosine

  • Pleiades Blue Black

  • Blue Snowball Nebula

  • Coalsack Nebula

Noodler's

  • Apache Sunset

Organics Studio

  • Nitrogen

  • Walden

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Papier Plume

  • Sazerac

  • Garden District Azalea

  • Calle Real

  • Lake Michigan Summer

Pelikan

  • Onyx

  • Mandarin

  • Jade

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Pen Saijiki

  • Jakujoya

  • Fujifusa

  • Syurei

Pilot Iroshizuku

  • Take-sumi

  • Tsutsuji

  • Yu-yake

  • Yama-budo

  • Ajisai

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Platinum

  • Lavender Black

Private Reserve

  • Buttercup

Sailor Ink Studio

  • 123

  • 130

  • 143

  • 150

  • 160

  • 162

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Sailor Ink Studio

  • 230

  • 264

  • 350

  • 442

  • 452

  • 543

  • 743

  • 935

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Robert Oster

  • Blue Water Ice

  • Tranquility

  • Yellow Sunset

  • Peach

  • Thunderstorm

Rohrer & Klingner

  • Alt-goldgrun

  • Salix

  • Verdigris

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Sailor

  • Yama-dori

  • Irori

  • Sei-boku

  • Kiwa-guro

  • Black

Taccia

  • Ao Blue

  • Tuchi Golden Wheat

Waterman

  • Radiant Pink

  • Tender Purple

What inks are you loving right now?

Disclaimer: All photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page, and this post is not sponsored in any way.