This is the Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji: Autumn Leaves (specifically Red Maple in Autumn). Interestingly, while I did manage to see winter as a kid, and have been around a couple select cities, I’ve never actually personally seen autumn. I hear it is pretty, and have seen a good number of photos on the topic. I guess it is an understandable consequence of having lived on a tropical island all my life, but I seek to change that (and will accept aid to help that along =p). That said, this particular species of purplish near-blood red is something I may have seen in pictures of autumn leaves, so I guess the inspiration holds true here.
As is common to the family of reds and purples, this ink actually has a pronounced metallic gold sheen. Arguably slightly green, but I would place it in the family of gold. Interestingly, this sheen can subtly rim the writing itself, which leads to a very subtle effect that can catch the eye in fleeting moments and invite the reader to examine the paper more closely. Well, perhaps a reader who cares about this sort of thing anyway.
I really like this ink, and think it to be a fairly reliable red that can lend itself to formal use. That is, if one can make do with moderate smear resistance and no soak resistance. I think the sheen makes up for that particular shortcoming, and I would expect that the ink still flows well enough to satisfy most users.
Shading – Slight
Bleedthrough – None
Feathering – None
Sheen – Pronounced metallic gold
Smear Resistance – Moderate
Drip Resistance – None
Flow – Dry/Normal
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