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Iroshizuku Asa-Gao (Morning Glory)


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Again, here is one of the Pilot Iroshizuku line of inks, one I've had for a while. This is a very saturated blue ink. Another classic ink. I must admit that I forgot to do the writeup on the inkjet paper before emptying the pen. This may fall into the category of "ballpoint blue" which you'll either appreciate or loathe. Definitely a classy business or school use ink. And just a plain nice blue with a good rich amount of dye, not a wimpy, watery ink here.


And on Tomoe River there is sheen for those that go for that.

Pen: Edison Premiere (F-Steel)

Paper: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River


This ink was very difficult to adjust the color on the image(s) to try and match the actual page. The MvL image shows the ink much brighter than it really is, and I couldn't get that muted, desaturated color that Asa-gao is in real life. So feel free to check other reviews, images on the web, and order a sample or small bottle if need be.





I didn't even have enough ink to load the feed for the ink droplet, so had to make a mess.



Not terribly water resistant, but that wasn't expected.



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I have a sample on the way thanks to your review.


I have always been afraid of the intense brightness that I see in online images of this color. Glad to hear it isn't electric blue in person.

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PERFECT review, but THAT "goes without saying;" your expertise with thoroughness & always enjoyable quotations could always make us enjoy an ink. It is one of the Blues I have avoided, but it surely deserves it lovely name, thanks to your making the halo evident.


I have just begun a "run of reds," after practically avoiding them for MY journey; perhaps someday I will make it to appreciation & use of more Blues. This would certainly be a contender!

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I tried Asa-Gao early on, when several people here described it as their "go-to" blue ink. But I found it to be sort of boring. And I'd write a page and then get a blob of ink rolling down the nib onto the page. Write another page, and the same thing would happen.... :glare:

That got old really fast.

But thanks for the review.

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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Asa-Gao is officially the ink I had the most profound change of mind regarding. I got a sample on the basis of many raves here, and hated it. Thought it was a toxic blend of dull and annoying. Then, for some reason about a year later I put some in a different pen and decided i loved it. It's the Honda Accord of inks--everything you need, nothing you don't. It is also incredibly well-behaved.

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I had a sample of this ink, and used it down, but would not have expected the pink halo! Thanks for the review.


The pink absorbs some of the blue colour that might be reflected, and therefore makes the blue ink look darker.


“Them as can do has to do for them as can’t.

And someone has to speak up for them as has no voices.”

Granny Aching

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