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Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-yaki

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#1 Sandy1



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Posted 24 May 2010 - 14:02


Today I offer samples of the Pilot iroshizuku yu-yake ink on Rhodia paper.

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The main page is broken into four parts, as divided by '_' marks on the left-most edge:
  • Top: Written with a stock Pelikan M200 series g-p steel nib in M width. Row height is 8mm., which is common and suits my normal hand when writing with an M nib.
  • Second from top: Written with a Pelikan M200 series g-p steel nib ground to a 1.0mm width Cursive Italic shape by the Binder outfit. Row height is 8mm.
  • Third from top: Same nib as 'Second from top', but row height increased to 9mm., which I typically use for my wider nibs.
  • Bottom: Same pen and nib as Top, but with the Visconti 'Bordeaux' for relative colour comparison.
As shown, yu-yake does very nicely without rare or exotic implements or materials.

The ink does seem to demand enough 'air to breathe'; and certainly deserves a far better hand than mine.

The ink is really rather wet; and one must be careful not to impose upon the good manners of the ink by mistreating it with overly wet writers and/or 'thirsty' papers.

I wonder if a mono-line nib is the best for this ink : there's so much going on what with the colour and the shading, does the addition of an nonuniform line width become distracting clutter? Hmm. I did show curiosity about a Fine Cursive Italic nib, and haven't even speculated about the use of flex nibs. Oh my!!
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The shading is rather interesting. The sample shows that the ink, in my hand, has highly variable and complex shading. While I used a common pen & primary nib for this example, I do prefer a more rigid/stiff nib - which is suitable for the speed at which I write. (For this sample, the Ink Putti were seen to maintain three points of contact on the nib/feed, or hover. All came away with rather idiotic grins, so this yu-yake stuff must be a keeper, yes?)


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EDIT - Clarity, consistency in errors & grammar. (I'm jet-lagged, so please - cut me a bit of slack - just this once.)

Edited by Sandy1, 24 May 2010 - 16:48.

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#2 sfs6205



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Posted 24 May 2010 - 14:55

Thank you for a very informative review. I am just beginning to use Iroshizuku inks and will ad the Yu-yaki based on your review.
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Posted 24 May 2010 - 15:13

Sandy, I think I agree with you. I've got Yu-Yake in a CI nib right now, but I much prefer it in a round nib. i get much better shading that way.
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Posted 24 May 2010 - 16:20

Excellent review, Sandy! Love the beautiful shading this ink produces. This is my favorite iroshizuku ink and it is always loaded in my Orange Marble Montegrappa Micra!

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