Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-Ro Ink07/23/2008
Pilot has expanded its line of inks to include ten new colors this year and more are expected. Good news but the Iroshizuku inks are only offered in Japan. A very generous friend sent me four samples and at least the first to get a test is very much a winner.
Syo-Ro translates as “truffle” though that does not convey a sense of the color. It is a green-blue that is very eye-pleasing and more subtle than saturated. It is in many ways comparable to Diamine Teal. Teal is a blue-green so the green dominates whereas Syo-Ro is green-blue where the blue dominates. In low light conditions they are difficult to tell apart. In good light the difference is more obvious and the base color more evident. Teal has more shading though Syo-Ro has some, too. Syo-Ro has slightly crisper edges that might be attributable to greater color saturation. Reading page after page of it would be easy on the eyes, always a plus for long sessions.
This is my first test of the new Iroshizuku inks and, while not quite as free-flowing as my standard blue from Pilot, Namiki Blue, all of the use properties are within acceptable ranges. So flow, drying time, nib creep and coverage are mid-range. No standout perfection but very acceptable.
What I like best about Iroshizuku Syo-Ro is its color. Not resembling any blue in my collection makes it a standout since I am a sucker for any ink that has a good balance of blue and green. This would be a perfect signature color if it were available in the U.S. Hopefully, Pilot will release it to other markets and for my money and with my money, it won’t be a moment too soon.