Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin is a color that translates to bamboo forest. I would assume this is a reference to the forests of giant bamboo, which in turn are actually giant grasses. This makes for a rather meta description, what with a reference to giant giant grasses. Oh my.
The ink itself is a youthful yellow green reminiscent of the young shoots one would expect to find growing from the bamboo plants. Incidentally, bamboo shoots also do grow rather vigorously, attaining inches of growth overnight. Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku Rin does grow roots of its own, feathering ever so slightly. Oddly for an ink of this lightness, Chiku Rin does not seem to shade very much at all. This is slightly disappointing, but is by no means a deal breaker.
In fact, this ink has proven to be remarkably resilient, with a high degree of resistance to a casual smudging and even maintains good legibility after a soak. It also seems to have a dark cyan core that is particularly stubborn. Presumably this means the ink is now too light for most serious uses in the office, clings stubbornly to one’s paper and probably equally stubbornly to one’s clothing. Spring has sprung indeed.
Shading – Slight
Bleedthrough – Limited
Feathering – Very slight
Sheen – None
Smear Resistance – Considerable
Drip Resistance – Moderate
Flow – Dry
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