Iroshizuku Substitutes – When Color Matters2010/06/02
The subject of color substitutes has come up in the past for a handful of unique though retired inks. Some are just simply irreplaceable like the long discontinued Parker Penman Ruby and Sapphire inks. Others like the recently discontinued Montblanc Racing Green have a few close color neighbors though none that have the other stellar qualities of MBRG. Sometimes only the original will do.
Then there is the category of substitutes for inks that are not marketed internationally like the Sailor Kobe and Pen Gallery inks. One has to order from Japan for those beauties.
Lastly there are inks that, for some fountain pen aficionados, are too pricey, whether on principle or for budgetary constraints. Pilot’s Iroshizuku line now fits that category so finding substitutes, albeit imperfect ones, has resurrected a discussion about likely prospects at Fountain Pen Network. Check it out if you balk at paying $35 retail or even $28 at discount for a single bottle of ink.
Caveat: None of the substitutes will function like Iroshizuku but the colors should be acceptable. In fact I prefer Rohrer & Klingner Magenta over Yama Budo but that might be considered heresy so do keep that little tidbit under your hat. Much appreciated.
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