Pilot Iroshizuku Yama Guri is apparently the wild mountain chestnut. I have not personally seen a chestnut up in mountains (not that I have visited enough for me to qualify as an expert on matters of mountains) but I have eaten horse chestnuts. This particular Yama Guri seems to be geared more towards the deeper dark brown relative to the red browns I am accustomed to see on chestnuts.
This ink brings back memories, because I first encountered it a couple years back in one of my ink samples when I was on a quest to acquire my grail ink. This fell under the sepia category, mostly inspired by squid sepia and its generally purple quality. Of course, Yama Guri clearly isn’t a purple, even though on wetting it does show up something of a squid sepia coloration.
Iroshizuku Yama Guri is possessed of a subtle metallic green-gold sheen, which is also unlikely to show up in common fountain pen use. I imagine it might were the nib exceptionally wide and wet…perhaps something a Pilot Parallel may achieve, or a dip nib.
Yama Guri is of moderate dryness, and quite resistant to illegibility on a smudge. It is also vaguely readable after a soak. Laid on thick, this ink is actually easily mistaken for a black, which makes it a nice candidate for an office ink if one’s workplace is less than flexible on ink colors (hah! Joke’s on you, stern office management person!).
Shading – None
Bleedthrough – None
Feathering – None
Sheen – Metallic green-gold
Smear Resistance – Considerably legible after a smudge
Drip Resistance – Minimal
Flow – Dry
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