A Regal Red: A short review of Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji

The language of colour is found throughout so much of our lives… They are part of the warp and weft  of our metaphors to the extent that we describe almost everything by them from our moods to the very way we think. I think that’s what makes using different coloured inks so engaging. Their use allows us to infect our writing with even greater individuality and meaning. So it’s always worth looking out for that particular ink that matches your mindset when writing

This ink is one that may be worth thinking about, being a vibrant red from the Pilot Iroshizuku inkmeisters over in Japan. This one is entitled ‘Momiji’  or autumn leaves and takes its inspiration from the colour of the Japanese maple leaves in Autumn.

Presentation: In my view you can’t really beat the presentation of the Iroshizuku range. Beautiful bottles and sturdy well thought out packaging that both have that charming Japanese aesthetic. As I’ve reviewed a few of these now there’s not a lot more to say, though maybe they cold imprve the cap ;)…

On Test: As you would expect this ink behaves well. A vibrant and regal red colour, good flow and decent drying time characterise this ink. In terms of water resistance I would say this ink is in the middle range. The magic of this ink though is in the shade. It is one of those that in my view improves on drying, becoming more nuanced and refined as time passes. This ink initially has a definite deep rose hue when wet, I think this lessens somewhat over time.

Summary: How to sum up this ink? How about seven words… Great to look at, brilliant to use. Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji is one of those special occasion inks that I look forward to using immensely. It may not reach your every day carry (then again it might) but it is a worthy addition to your ever-growing ink library.



4 thoughts on “A Regal Red: A short review of Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji

  1. Iroshizuku inks are great, but this one’s a bit too bright for me. I do agree with you on improving the caps though—they’re so small and squat and always get stuck to the bottle! Every time I want to refill my Yama-budo, I have to call on three different friends to help me loosen the lid enough so I can unscrew it. >:[

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