This particular Pilot Iroshizuku ink translates as forest green, presumably related to the temperate forests that are found throughout the spine of Japan. It runs a deep green with a slight bluish influence, which reminds me of Graf von Faber-Castell’s Moss Green.
Pilot Iroshizuku Shin Ryoku almost seems to want to have a purplish sheen that is common to inks in the neighbourhood of this hue, but stop short of having anything but the faintest of purple, which I can only identify as shading and not quite a proper sheen.
As an ink, Shin Ryoku seems to shade fairly nicely, exhibiting good variance of color. However, it seems to lack a finer transition between the tones, so it winds up going fairly abruptly from a dark green to a lighter tone without a gentle gradient in between. Upon smudging, the ink proves to be barely resistant, and most definitely not resistant on a drip test. This is a forest that probably would not stand in the face of a tsunami. However, it does serve rather nicely as a green ink with authority, for those who are careful with their work.
Shading – Moderate, abrupt transition between tones.
Bleedthrough – None
Feathering – None
Sheen – Very very faint metallic purple
Smear Resistance – Negligible
Drip Resistance – None
Flow – Dry
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