Pilot Iroshizuku Ama Iro

Sky blue is the roughly translated name of Pilot Iroshizuku Ama Iro. It must be a rather optimistic sky to be this particular variety of ever so slightly turquoise flavored bright blue. Like Iroshizuku Ajisai, this ink is definitely dry, yet well lubricated. Remarkable, really, because I fully expect such dry inks to be a pain to use. Pilot has really made this ink series work well. In addition to this, Iroshizuku Ama Iron shares the edge darkening of Iroshizuku Ajisai, which does make the ink pop right fine.

This ink is less legible on smudging, and I definitely do not recommend that one let this ink come in contact with water. Predictably enough, it is also dismal on a soak, but a bad smudge usually does not forebode good water resistance anyway. Given its lightness I reckon Iroshizuku Ama Iro is less suited to formal use, but the beauty of that color and the subtleties it holds will likely yield it a loyal following regardless.

Shading – Moderate, lovely edge darkening to give it that pop.
Bleedthrough – None
Feathering – None
Sheen – Subtle metallic purple
Smear Resistance – Dismal
Drip Resistance – Nonexistent
Flow – Dry


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