Ink Review #744: Pilot Iroshizuku Murasaki-shikibu

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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.

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The color:

Murasakai-shikibu is a pretty medium purple.

Swabs:

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

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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:

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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:

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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.

Ink Review #743: Monteverde Wisdom

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Monteverde Wisdom Purple is from the Emotions collection. It’s almost summer so I’ve been reaching for fun, more vibrant colors, and I think this one fits the bill. Thanks to Monteverde for sending it over for review.

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The color:

Wisdom is a bright, medium purple. Not too red or too blue, but right in the middle.

Swabs:

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In large swabs there’s a tiny bit of greenish-copper sheen. I love how it shifts in-between both colors of sheen.

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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-there was just a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib on Rhodia and 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:

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Wisdom is similar to Waterman Tender Purple. Click here to see the Monteverde inks together, and click here to see the purple inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Sailor Pro Gear Slim Purple Cosmos with a zoom nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, I love the bright purple color, it has a lovely wet flow and it’s affordable. It’s a yes for me. I have two bottles of Wisdom to give to readers, so join the giveaway below!

Update: Congratulations to Michael and Lea for winning the giveaway!

Disclaimer: This product was provided by Monteverde for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #742: Pilot Iroshizuku Ajisai

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I love Pilot Iroshizuku inks, they have a lovely flow and come in pretty colors. Let’s take a look at Ajisai, aka Hydrangea. I purchased my bottle of ink from Pen Chalet.

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The color:

Ajisai is the perfect purple-blue as spring hydrangeas. It’s a unique color, there aren’t many inks this shade.

Swabs:

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In large swabs there’s a tiny bit copper sheen.

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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: Low, when exposed to water the purple washes away and only a bit of the blue is left.

Feathering: Low-there was just a bit of feathering in the larger nib sizes on Leuchtturm.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was just a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib on Rhodia and 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:

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Ajisai is closest to Organics Studio Potassium, but it’s more vibrant. Click here to see the Pilot Iroshizuku inks together, and click here to see the purple inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Platinum 3776 Nice Lavande with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, I love this color for spring and late winter. It has a great flow and the color is beautiful. It’s a win for me.

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.