Pilot celebrated their 100th anniversary with some vey expensive fountain pens and a set of 7 limited edition Iroshizuku inks. I decided to break the set up into 2 groups to review them. Let’s tackle Bishamonten, Benzaiten, Daikokuten and Ebisu first. You can find the 50ml bottles of these inks at Pen Chalet.
Bishamonten is supposed to be a red, but it’s really a dark pink, Benzaiten is a light warm pink, Diakokuten is a dark but vibrant yellow, and Ebisu is a lovely sky blue.
Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.
The inks took 20-30 seconds to dry.
Water resistance: Low
Feathering: Low-there was just a little bit of feathering in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm.
Show through: Medium
Other properties: All four had medium shading. Bishamonten had medium sheen and Benziten had a tiny bit of gold sheen.
On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was lots of feathering in the larger nib sizes as well as a bit of bleeding.
Bishamonten is closest to Caran D’arche Divine Pink. Benzaiten is much warmer than Kosumosu. Daikokuten is close to Akkerman Gele Oker van Frans. Ebisu is similar to Sailor Jentle Yuki-akari.
I used a Bond Travel Gear A5 notebook. The inks all had a wetter flow.
Overall, they are all ok and perform well, but out of the four I like Daikokuten the most. I’m just not excited by any of them.
Disclaimer: I purchased these inks myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.