Ink Review #91: Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi

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Pilot Iroshizuku ink is known for being smooth and lubricated. I purchased mine from Amazon, when they were available for 18$ but I'm thrilled that most retailers have recently decreased their price as well. (So apparently I decided I should spell Take-sumi with an "i" for a while, my bad).

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The bottle:

Pilot Iroshizuku bottles are gorgeous. I love the little divot in the bottom that helps you keep filling from the bottle, even when there's only a little bit of ink left. 

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The color...

Taki-sumi is a neutral black with a little bit of sheen.

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Dry time: 42 seconds

Water resistance: medium

Feathering: None

Show through: medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: No shading, medium sheen

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for RSS): Robert Oster Graphite, Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi, and Diamine Onyx Black

Pelikan Edelstein Onyx, Diamine Jet Black, and Robert Oster Grun-Schwarz. To see the black ink swabs together, click here

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Longer writing:

This ink is very smooth and lubricated. 

I really love this ink, it's smooth and wet. It's a nice black, but if you don't like sheen, this isn't the black for you. I love sheen, so I love this ink. I often use this ink for homework. It's a great black, give it a try.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.