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Favorite Iroshizuku Ink Poll Results


Ink lovers have spoken and the results are in for the Iroshizuku poll. Tsuki-yo and Yama-budo tied for favorite with Kon-peki just a step behind. Asa-gao came in next with Shin-kai and Ku-jaku tied for fourth place. Every color earned votes so there are no losers in this line of inks.

Polls on Inkophile are about you so I never vote in them. However, Tsuki-yo, Ku-jaku, and Syo-ro are my top three although I own bottles of fewer than half of the colors. Perhaps one I don’t own would make my short list. Ina-ho looks promising. Which one will you buy next?


On My Desk – February 2014


Well, sort of. These are the inks in use today from the assortment of pens on my desk. The tally is telling with seven of nine in the blue family. The nibs are with one exception in the wide range and only the Platinum and Lamy nibs were not tweaked in some way. The paper is the outstanding Tomoe River from It might be unfair that it makes every ink and nib look good, but that’s hardly a complaint.

March is the month in which green ink invariably gets a twirl. This year it will be either J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage or Iroshizuku Shin-Ryoku or possibly both. Now for the pen. Italic or flex? Which would you choose for green ink?

The ink colors could be more saturated and the paper is actually a warm white, but adjusting the scan might make it less honest. So no adjustments this time.


Poll: Which Is Your Favorite Iroshizuku Ink?


Iroshizuku inks are pictured on the Pilot site. You can select up to three colors for the poll.


Sweet Deal on Iroshizuku Ink


At around $20 per bottle plus free shipping, now is the time to grab a few bottles of Iroshizuku on Amazon. You may have to order more than one item to qualify for free shipping, but isn’t it worth it?


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Pink, Meet Greens!


My ink rotation is looking a bit somber for the almost-spring weather with its blue skies and 65° of warmth. Tuesday’s snow has melted from the surrounding mountains. One neighbor’s gardener is whacking off tree limbs while the house across the street is getting demolished in favor of a boring, modern structure. It is far too noisy to hear the birds but they are around even if drowned out by the blare of machinery. Their chatter can be heard in the early morning before the sound of man takes over so with certainty they have returned. New growth is sparse yet, but that lack of color can be remedied by some vivid hues in my pens.

Rohrer & Klingner Solferino is my annual choice for the ink that announces the retreat of winter. To complement that jolt of pink, a green is in order. For comparison, I swabbed a few available options on a sheet of Strathmore Windpower Sketch paper. None of these inks look wrong but a few look more right than others. Which green would you choose?

  • Diamine Emerald
  • Diamine Kelly Green
  • Diamine Sherwood
  • Diamine Ultra Green
  • Diamine Umber
  • Diamine Woodland
  • Iroshizuku shin-ryoku
  • J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage
  • J. Herbin Vert Empire
  • Montblanc Racing Green
  • Rohrer & Klingner Verdura
  • Private Reserve Avacado
  • Sailor Epinard
Pink, Meet Green Inks!

Pink, Meet Green Inks!


Pen Aficionados, These Links Are For You


This may be a first. Every link is pen, ink, or paper related. Aficionados, indulge…


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