Pilot Iroshizuku Tsukushi

This Pilot Iroshiuzku bears the name Tsukushi, which apparently refers to the Horsetail Plant. Sadly, I have no personal experience with Horsetail Plants, and the images I see of these herbs seem to show green stems and little else. I figure Tsukushi must refer to the Horsetail Plant when it has dried out in autumn.

Tsukushi itself is a red brown ink that prefers its brown side of the family. It maintains a subtle but distinctive sheen that reads metallic green with some gold. This is a sheen that is only apparent when one is actively looking out for it, and is unlikely to show up on normal writing with campus quality Japanese paper.

Pilot Iroshizuku Tsukushi is in fact quite resistant to a smear, in that while most of the red seems to have come out in a single dab, the darker elements of the color cling stubbornly to the paper. It is less resistant to a soaking, but is actually slightly legible after. This color is sufficiently brown that it will not be mistaken for a black, but I do believe it is sufficiently dark to maintain that degree of seriousness that office folk may appreciate. That ready red splash from a wetting may also be welcome to some artists.

Shading – Minimal
Bleedthrough – None
Feathering – None
Sheen – Metallic green with some gold
Smear Resistance – Considerable
Drip Resistance – Minimal, still legible after a soaking.
Flow – Dry

 

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