Ink Review #270: Sailor Shikiori Yodaki


We are close to finishing up reader request week, and today's reader request is Sailor Shikiori Yodaki. The Shikiori inks were released in the last six months, and are the new Sailor 20ml size instead of the older 50ml bottles. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens.


The color:

Yodaki is a medium red with sheen.


I found the sheen hard to capture just right. It's a gold-ish green.


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: Low-there was some feathering in the flex nib on Rhodia.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib on Rhodia.

Other properties: Low shading, high sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen showed in every nib size on Tomoe River, and three nib sizes on Leuchtturm paper.

On 20 pound copy paper the ink behaved well, no issues that I noticed.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): PenBBS 175 Stendhal, Sailor Shikiori Yodaki, and Montblanc William Shakespeare. Click here to see the Sailor inks together.

Franklin-Christoph Terra Firma, Franklin-Christoph Urushi Red, and Rohrer and Klingner Morinda. Click here to see the red inks together.


Longer writing: 

I used a broad Conklin Durograph Forest Green on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow. 


Overall, I really like the flow this ink has, and it's an interesting red. It feels like a brighter red (less maroon) version of Sailor Jentle Grenade. Give it a try, you might love it.

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