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Shin Kai is the Iroshizuku ink I am most interested in. But... so close to Pilot Blue Black! You mentioned that PBB smells like crayons and have some water resistance, what are the advantages of Shin Kai over PBB? I read it has some sheen. Also, Brian Goulet claimed it looks different in person. Are they different enough? I'm looking for a reason to save me from importing this from Japan. PBB can be bought for a lot less on eBay, shipped from other Asian countries...

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Yes there is a difference in color, please see the image below where both inks were used fresh from the bottle with a glass pen. However as you can see from the co-razy sheet, the use of different pens/nibs can make this difference very hard to notice in practice.


As for which one you should pick, I'd say it depends on your intention. For writing both inks work equally well. However if you're into sketching / drawing / doing ink washes, you'll want Shin Kai as the Pilot BB resists washes:



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Shin-Kai seems a little bit darker. But maybe I will settle for Blue Black, I don't want to spend much. Do you think glass pens shade less? What about the paper you use? I see subtle shading on both of them, not sure if one of them would shade more (or display a "sheen").

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The drawings are on watercolor paper. In real life (on writing paper) none of them have significant shade / sheen.


Another difference is that Pilot Blue Black is drying pretty quickly. If you're left handed or use some paper with long dry time - this is an advantage.

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The drawings are on watercolor paper. In real life (on writing paper) none of them have significant shade / sheen.


Another difference is that Pilot Blue Black is drying pretty quickly. If you're left handed or use some paper with long dry time - this is an advantage.


That is nice. I am a right handed overwriter (I know, what a mess) and I have the same problem as left-handed people with ink smear, but I usually manage it well. I tried Pilot Blue Black in a cartridge in a Petit1 but I did not care much at that time, I was only looking into oranges. Now I got an opportunity to start needing to write in professional situations and studies, so I'm going back to mostly blues and black.

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Napalm, these are wonderful! Thank you.

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