Ink Review #584: Kyo-iro 05 Cherry Blossom of Keage


I’m so sick of winter. Maybe if I use enough happy spring inks it will magically be spring, right? Let’s take a look at Kyo-iro 05 Cherry Blossom of Keage, a pretty cherry blossom pink. I received a sample of this ink as part of an ink sample swap with a pen friend, but you can find it at Pen Chalet.


The color:

Cherry Blossom is a lovely medium pink. (I totally mislabeled the swab-my bad.)



In large swabs the ink has some lovely shading.


Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in all nib sizes, and a little bit of bleeding, so it’s not an ink I would recommend for cheap paper.

Comparison Swabs:


Kyo-iro Cherry Blossom is closest to Robert Oster Cherry Blossom, but they aren’t an exact match. Click here to see the pink inks together, and click here to see the Kyoto inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Pilot Vanishing Point Crossed Lines with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a dry flow.

Overall, I love the color, but the flow is very dry.

Disclaimer: I received a sample of this ink from an ink sample swap. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.