Pilot Iroshizuku Syo Ro takes the forest metaphor further with its name translating to pine tree dew. I reckon this would mean the dew one finds on the pine needles as the sun just breaches the horizon. It is in fact a very nice blue black that leans towards teal, reminiscent of the blue green that I have come to associate with evergreens. The ink goes on with a richer color than the duskier result you see here when it dries.
On the topic of dew, all I can say is this ink glitters. That is to say that it has a very pronounced metallic red sheen with hints of purple. In fact I had a hard time identifying exactly which color this sheen was, considering how much it was changing as I angled the paper trying to get a read on it. As an ink, the magnitude of and color sheen actually reminds me of Pilot Iroshizuku Shin Kai, but the sheen stands out differently on this green, exhibiting more of the red.
Syo Ro seems to slightly resist smudging, but it is no match for a soaking. It does happen to be the wettest ink of this batch, however, so I reckon the dew moniker is at least somewhat well earned. This is an ink that, while one may expect it to shade as seen in the flex stroke on the right of the test, the ink is sufficiently dark that any shading is only minimally apparent at best. Like Shin Ryoku, Pilot Iroshizuku Syo Ro falls in the family of dark green inks, and can be regarded to be suited to professional correspondence that calls for such an ink.
Shading – Minimal
Bleedthrough – None
Feathering – None
Sheen – Metallic red with a hint of purple
Smear Resistance – Limited
Drip Resistance – None
Flow – Normal
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