Pilot Iroshizuku “Fuyu-Syogun”: a unique and super-fast drying grey
Ink name: Pilot Iroshizuku “Fuyu-Syogun”
Unit capacity: 50 ml (glas flacon)
Price: ca. 20 €
Price per ml: ca. 0,40 €
|Leuchtturm 1917||Standard copy paper|
|Color||silver-grey with some blueish undertone||silver-grey with some blueish undertone|
|Shading||very strong, from pale light grey to pretty dark grey||slightly less pronounced than on the Leuchtturm-paper|
|Wetness||rather wet and well lubricated ink||less wet than on Leuchtturm, yet still very lubricated|
|Drying time||8 sec.||5 sec.|
|Smudging when dry||no||no|
|Regular smear test||ok||ok|
|Left-page smear test||ok||ok|
Handwritten review on Leuchtturm 1917 paper
Handwritten review on standard photocopying paper
I would like to take the opportunity to thank The Pen Company for supporting the review of this ink. You can also buy the Iroshizuku ink line in their webshop (no affiliate – just a friendly pointer).
Pilot Iroshizuku “Fuyu-Syogun” – or Old Man Winter, as the colour theme goes – is a beautiful and unique grey ink. The colour is indeed very cool and minimalist, a silverish-grey that has some blue (and sometimes purple) undertones.
The way how the ink generally comes out does depend quite a bit on the paper used. As you can see in the handwritten writing samples, the grey looks a lot different on ivory and on white paper. What is more, coated paper such as the Leuchtturm above, for some reason, makes the writing line run a lot wider. I am not exactly sure why that is, as it normally is the more absorbent cheaper paper that draws the lines into width. I can only assume that it is the rather wet ink that sort of stays afloat on top of the coating, hence drying a bit wider. I have never noticed this characteristic with any other ink before and thought it was interesting to observe and point out.
Having said the above, there is no trace of bleed-through or feathering on any of the papers tested. Fuyu-Syogun is a moderately wet ink that is very well lubricated, but still dries at the speed of light. With between 5-8 seconds of drying time, depending on the paper used, this grey Pilot ink is amongst the fastest drying inks that has been reviewed on Scrively.
Pricewise, the Iroshizuku inks are premium inks and range – especially in Europe – in a rather high segment. Still, the ink bottles are a true piece of art and the ink quality is top notch, as expected from a Japanese ink.
As for its ‘leftyness’, Fuyu-Syogun is as great as it can get: super-fast drying on the page – and no smudging once dry whatsoever.
Lefty approved? For sure!
I hope this was helpful – feel free to check out my other ink reviews as well.