Ink Review #476: Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-yake


It’s time to tackle some orange inks! Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-yake, aka Sunset, is a beautiful summery orange. You can find this ink at Pen Chalet. I have a full week of Pilot Iroshizuku ink reviews planned for later this month, so keep an eye out if you want to see more of them.


The color:

Yu-yake is a beautiful medium orange.



In large swabs the in looks more red.


Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-just a little in the flex nib, but I was using a very wet flex nib.

Other properties: medium shadingno sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was just a little bit of feathering, and some bleeding the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Noodler’s Apache Sunset, Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-yake, and Sailor Jentle Apricot. Yu-yake is lighter than both Apache and Apricot. Click here to see the Pilot inks together.

Diamine Blaze Orange, Noodler’s Golden Aspen, and Diamine Golden Honey. Click here to see the orange inks together.

Longer writing:

I used a medium Lamy Al-Star Purple on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had a wetter flow.

I used a medium Lamy Al-Star Purple on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had a wetter flow.

Overall, I really like this ink. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to try it. I think it’s a great summer orange with great flow and some good shading. I’m definitely putting a full bottle on my wish list.

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.