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Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Syogun


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#1 maverickmage

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 23:46

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Here's a close up of my attempted flex writing.

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btw, the parts that looks like feathering really isn't. I just messed up with my nib on those parts. Sorry, the flex portion is all over the place. I hadn't really decided on what I was going to write til I got to the world portion.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 03:30

Wow, the water resistance is impressive! I have been wanting to try this ink for quite a while but sometime I am afraid that it would be too light for daily use...
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Posted 20 January 2013 - 12:48

I use this ink and it is not too light for daily use. And, as the OP says, it is a great blue/gray ink. Reminds me of one of the vintage Waterman Blue Blacks that turns a grayish-blue after a day or so. WOnderful stuff and the fact that it's water resistant an extra plus
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Posted 20 January 2013 - 15:54

It's not too bad. I found the Lexington Gray to be probably as light as I want to go, and this is darker than that. It would be easily used for daily use. If you're not sure, just order a sample and you can try it out beforehand.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 00:00

I've tried sever grey inks and I think this ink, and also the other Iroshizoku grey, Diamine Grey and Noodler's Lexington Grey would would work as everyday inks.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 00:58

Thanks for the accurate review. I have this ink, it was a gift and is my only iroshizuku.

Reminds me of one of the vintage Waterman Blue Blacks that turns a grayish-blue after a day or so.


I agree with this. I find this ink to really be a case of expensive-wine-tastes-better. Most comments regarding those grey blue-blacks refer to them as dull, and perhaps because they are called "blue-black" and are relatively inexpensive (my own experience with this was with a $5 bottle of Pelikan), we desire them to be more blue, or more black, or something other than the cold, nice-shading grey they are. With an iroshizuku in its lovely bottle and premium price tag carrying the name "fuyu-syogun" (Old Man Winter), we are more inclined to look closely at the grey and admire its subtleties. This is not a bad thing. I like the ink. I like to look at the bottle on my desk. It's a good thing. Expensive wine does, in fact, taste better.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 14:08

Thanks for the accurate review. I have this ink, it was a gift and is my only iroshizuku.

Reminds me of one of the vintage Waterman Blue Blacks that turns a grayish-blue after a day or so.


I agree with this. I find this ink to really be a case of expensive-wine-tastes-better. Most comments regarding those grey blue-blacks refer to them as dull, and perhaps because they are called "blue-black" and are relatively inexpensive (my own experience with this was with a $5 bottle of Pelikan), we desire them to be more blue, or more black, or something other than the cold, nice-shading grey they are. With an iroshizuku in its lovely bottle and premium price tag carrying the name "fuyu-syogun" (Old Man Winter), we are more inclined to look closely at the grey and admire its subtleties. This is not a bad thing. I like the ink. I like to look at the bottle on my desk. It's a good thing. Expensive wine does, in fact, taste better.


The Waterman is also waterproof, bottle has a great vintage look and can be found on ebay for about $15. Since it's so close to the color of this Iro ink, think I'll spend $28-35 elsewhere. Maybe on a bottle of fine wine or bourbon that I can enjoy more???
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 20:07

very nice ink :thumbup: thanks for sharing
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 20:07

Maverickmage,

Thanks much for this review. This is an ink I've been using for a bit, and I'm really happy to see it's waterfast. I didn't realize this, and this kicks the utility of this ink yet another notch.

I've used it in rather broad nibs for me (an italic Sonnet, and a Carene), and I have no problem reading my notes. It does take the place of pencil for me - and it's very comparable in terms of legibility. It does remove the temptation to erase which is the point in the way I use it. (Eliminates the self-editing which gets me off track)

I do love the shading also.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:45

Maverickmage,

Thanks much for this review. This is an ink I've been using for a bit, and I'm really happy to see it's waterfast. I didn't realize this, and this kicks the utility of this ink yet another notch.

I've used it in rather broad nibs for me (an italic Sonnet, and a Carene), and I have no problem reading my notes. It does take the place of pencil for me - and it's very comparable in terms of legibility. It does remove the temptation to erase which is the point in the way I use it. (Eliminates the self-editing which gets me off track)

I do love the shading also.


So far, from all the gray inks that I've tried thus far, this color grabs my attention the most.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 03:19

I love this color, I've tried Lexington Grey as well, and found this darker and more legible for everyday use.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:10

This is one of my favorite inks. My pilot C823 medium runs mainly on Fuyu-syogun and MB-Royal Blue.

Looks nice and aged on an off white paper too :)
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 13:26

Thanks for the accurate review. I recently got a sample that I have been using, and find this a really attractive ink. Iroshizukus are my favorite, and I find this to be a wonderful color.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 18:01

Thanks for the review! I was at my local pen store and saw this ink. I thought of buying a bottle, but then realized I could almost buy a Lamy Vista with that money. I decided to go with the pen and a bottle of Aurora instead, but it's a nice ink none the less.






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