Ink Review #744: Pilot Iroshizuku Murasaki-shikibu


Pilot Iroshizuku Murasaki-shikibu, aka Japanese Beautyberry is a pretty medium purple. I love purple inks, and this one is a great spring purple. I purchased my bottle of ink from Pen Chalet.


The color:

Murasakai-shikibu is a pretty medium purple.



In large swabs there’s a tiny bit sheen, it’s a dark, antique gold color.


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: medium, some of the ink washed away but you might still be able to read it.

Feathering: Low-it feathered in every nib size on Leuchtturm but did fine on the other papers.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-it only bled on 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:


Murasaki-shikibu is closest to Taccia Murasaki Purple. Click here to see the Pilot Iroshizuku inks together, and click here to see the purple inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Pilot Vanishing Point Twilight with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, I love the color and it has a nice flow but I’m not crazy about how much it feathered on Leuchtturm paper. I still really like it, I will just use it on the better papers.

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.