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Extra Fine Nib Ink Review: Sailor Shikiori Chushu


This is review #129 in my series.  Here's the YouTube video:


Post-recording notes: I don't have any inks very close to this color.  The color going down the sink reminded me of grape popscicles (or snowcones) after you've sucked some of the flavoring / syrup out of it (or before you've added enough syrup).  The scan is about as accurate as anything I can imagine - perhaps it's a little lighter than in real life, but not much.  How strange - it seems the cameras like this color!  The zoom is also quite accurate.  The screen capture gives you an idea of how dark this ink looks from a distance in an EF nib - it's really hard to see the colors that the scan and especially the zoom bring out.  Cleaning was amazingly quick and easy.


And here is a screen of the final result, for those not interested in the video:
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Scan of Completed Review:
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Zoomed in photo:
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Absorbent Paper Closeup (top is puzzle paper like thick newsprint, bottom is old 20lb copy paper):
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Images also available on Instagram: @zilxodarap


Previous Review: ESS Registrars Ink.


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Hope you enjoy.  Comments appreciated!

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Great job, Liz :thumbup: This is the first time, you recommend a sample over a bottle. When I used my sample, curtsey of @A Smug Dillthe lubrication was all right.... although I put it in a vintage wet pen... 

I learned a new verb today, portalling, which spellcheck, insists it's portaging :D

 

 

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1 hour ago, yazeh said:

Great job, Liz :thumbup:

Thanks!

 

1 hour ago, yazeh said:

This is the first time, you recommend a sample over a bottle.

Really?  Haven't been paying attention. :lol:  My standing recommendation is to always sample first if at all possible.

 

1 hour ago, yazeh said:

When I used my sample, curtsey of @A Smug Dillthe lubrication was all right.... although I put it in a vintage wet pen... 

Yeah, I suspect it was that wet pen that made the lubrication good.  A Japanese EF is going to reveal lubrication extremities faster than pretty much anything else. :)

 

1 hour ago, yazeh said:

I learned a new verb today, portalling, which spellcheck, insists it's portaging :D

:lol:  Sometimes specialists need to create new words.  I couldn't decide whether it should be portaling or portalling, and went with the shorter - hooray for obscure rules in English spelling...  Maybe I should insert an interlude where the Wizards' Advisory Counsel on Linguistic Concerns meets to debate proper verbification of various repurposed nouns.

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3 minutes ago, LizEF said:

 

 

:lol:  Sometimes specialists need to create new words.  I couldn't decide whether it should be portaling or portalling, and went with the shorter - hooray for obscure rules in English spelling...  Maybe I should insert an interlude where the Wizards' Advisory Counsel on Linguistic Concerns meets to debate proper verbification of various repurposed nouns.

That would bore the viewer/reader to death, of a bunch of old wizards talking linguistic... Nowadays audiences, need to be shocked out of their stupor by action/ battles/ provocation every nano second otherwise........they'll be distracted by their phones....  :D

 

 

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4 minutes ago, yazeh said:

That would bore the viewer/reader to death, of a bunch of old wizards talking linguistic... Nowadays audiences, need to be shocked out of their stupor by action/ battles/ provocation every nano second otherwise........they'll be distracted by their phones....  :D

OK, OK.  Hint taken.  I have a hard time skipping over what leads to the action, though.  I've been considering adding extra to my website, so I can tell the whole story but only include the more active bits in my reviews...  Hard to know when skipping bits would be skipping too much though, since I know the whole story, including what's never written at all...

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6 minutes ago, LizEF said:

OK, OK.  Hint taken.  I have a hard time skipping over what leads to the action, though.  I've been considering adding extra to my website, so I can tell the whole story but only include the more active bits in my reviews...  Hard to know when skipping bits would be skipping too much though, since I know the whole story, including what's never written at all...

Sorry that's not what I meant. It was meant as a criticism of the movie industry...which there's style but no substance....  :)

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5 minutes ago, yazeh said:

Sorry that's not what I meant. It was meant as a criticism of the movie industry...which there's style but no substance....  :)

:D Thanks.  I see where you're going now - a movie that's all action and no plot or characterization - yeah, definitely too much of that.

 

But I'm still very conscious of how long it takes to tell a story in 3-4 sentence blocks, and don't want to bore my readers.  I'm hoping there's enough of interest not to make folks yawn.

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38 minutes ago, Sailor Kenshin said:

Somewhat odd color

Dry time far too long for me

Reviews always fun

Yes.

Yes.

Thanks! :)

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54 minutes ago, Sailor Kenshin said:

Dry time far too long for me

 

As I recall, the dry time of this ink is quick coming out of a very fine nib.

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Wonderful ink. I have gone through 60mL of this ink. Chushu has a permanent home in my Kaweco Liliput (ef), and Pelikan m200 Grey Marbled (IB). I first used this ink while taking a Graph Theory course in undergrad. The dry time is a nonissue for me (Rhodia). Moreover, my professor complemented my ink. Everyone I know likes this ink!

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Reminds me a bit of Eclipse.

Life is too short to drink bad wine (Goethe)

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1 hour ago, TitoThePencilPimp said:

I have gone through 60mL of this ink.

Wow!  That makes you the expert. :)

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1 hour ago, lapis said:

Reminds me a bit of Eclipse.

Hmm.  In subtlety of color, perhaps, but images of Eclipse show a blue color pretty clearly.  Even looking at Chushu up front, I have a hard time seeing the color, but what I see is definitely purple (ish).

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Thank you @LizEF as always - great review!

 

This is an interesting ink, I used to use it a lot (and I mean a lot - I'm on certainly my third proper Jentle sized bottle), but recently, I've become fonder of lighter shades and gravitate more to something like Earl Grey (though it has less purple) or Poussiere de Lune. 

 

I think I might try it with a bit of dilution - I suspect I would like it more that way. I've never had lubrication problems with it, but i don't think I've ever used it in a really fine nib - so perhaps that's what I need to try too!

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3 minutes ago, mizgeorge said:

Thank you @LizEF as always - great review!

You're welcome!  And thanks. :)

 

4 minutes ago, mizgeorge said:

This is an interesting ink, I used to use it a lot (and I mean a lot - I'm on certainly my third proper Jentle sized bottle)

We have a new expert!  You're going to have to do a lot of writing to catch up, @TitoThePencilPimp! ;)

 

5 minutes ago, mizgeorge said:

I think I might try it with a bit of dilution - I suspect I would like it more that way. I've never had lubrication problems with it, but i don't think I've ever used it in a really fine nib - so perhaps that's what I need to try too!

Let us know how it goes!  I think either a larger nib, or a little bit of dilution would make it more interesting, but the dilution would harm the lubrication, so I'm thinking either way, a larger and/or wetter nib is best.

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2 hours ago, ENewton said:

I might be tempted if I did not already have a bottle of Robert Oster Purple Rock.

:)  So many inks, so little time.  One must prioritize.

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This is one I have been keenly interested in but, now that I see it with your Pilot EF, I'm not sure I want something this dark (though it is quite nice). For regular writing I'm gravitating more to shades that are soft and light while still being highly legible, and I typically use Japanese Fs.

 

So, another useful review for me - thanks!

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