Pilot Iroshizuku Murasaki Shikibu

This is the Pilot Iroshizuku Murasaki Shikibu ink. Some may translate it to the Japanese Beautyberry, but my first exposure to the name lies with the poet/author by the same name, also creator of the Tale of Genji. I am ashamed to say I have never actually read the copy in its native language.

That told, the ink itself is actually a fairly delicate purple, more determinedly purple than images of Japanese Beautyberry I have seen online: Those lean more towards magenta than an actual purple. I do not really know what to make of the ink, because it is a generally light example of an Iroshizuku ink, yet tries to be purple. Would that make this a pastel purple, perhaps?

I cannot say that I recommend this ink, considering all those other wonderful Iroshizuku offerings. This one is somewhat anaemic, and I had high hopes of the output considering its name, but alas. Still, this ink seems fairly smudge friendly, even though it will not survive a thorough wetting.

Shading – Slight
Bleedthrough – None
Feathering – None
Sheen – Subtle purple gloss
Smear Resistance – Moderate
Drip Resistance – Very slight
Flow – Dry/Normal

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