Cerulean Blue is the namesake of Pilot Iroshizuku Kon Peki. I am unsure as to the Japanese cultural connotations of the color, but I would interpret it as a reference to the azure hue of the open sea. Seeing as how Ama Iro has the sky covered, I reckon a maritime interpretation is called for here. And I must say that this ink does in fact remind me of the sun shining through clear blue waters.
Iroshizuku Kon Peki is a remarkably popular ink by all accounts, and I think it is easy to see why. As a dry medium blue leaning on turquoise, Iroshizuku Kon Peki is sufficiently well associated with blue to count towards being a staple ink at work, yet has enough fun in it to prevent it from being a boring Just-Another-Blue. Like the other Pilot Iroshizuku blue inks, Kon Peki shares the metallic purple sheen and tendency to develop a distinct dark edging to its lettering. Fetching, really.
Sadly, Iroshizuku Kon Peki is also very vulnerable to smudging and don’t for a moment think of wetting the writing. This utter lack of waterproofing is a black mark by my book, but much of the sin has been absolved by its gem-like beauty.
Shading – Slight, with the classic Iroshizuku blue dark edging.
Bleedthrough – None
Feathering – None
Sheen – Metallic purple
Smear Resistance – Nope. Don’t even try.
Drip Resistance – I said don’t even try, and I mean it.
Flow – Dry.
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