Iroshizuku Inks And Their Meanings, Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my Iroshizuku Ink review series. This time I will be looking at Shin-ryoku, Tsuki-yo, Yu-yake, Yama-budo, Ku-jaku, and Syo-ro. For a brief of how I do my ink logging, have a look at my write-up here. It may help to understand some of the references I make and the terms I use. Iroshizuku Shin-ryoku   Shin-ryoku (深緑) means “dark green”. I can’t find a direct reference to a part of the Japanese culture from the name…

Iroshizuku Inks And Their Meanings, Part 1

Pilot has launched their Iroshizuku range of fountain pen inks for some time now, and it is a very popular range among fountain pen enthusiasts and collectors of inks. Following the success of their 50mL glass bottled Iroshizuku inks, Pilot has recently launched the Mini Iroshizuku inks that come 3 in a set. Each mini glass bottle contains 15mL of an ink, and you can mix and match your preferred colours for each set. I decided to dive in and…

Get Started On Logging Inks In 10 Steps

Everyone does ink logging in different ways. I have come across a variety of interesting ways that people record their inks. Some techniques may be good representations of ink being laid down on paper when writing with a fountain pen, some may not. For me, my method is not perfect, but I like it anyway. Here’s sharing with you the procedure by which I log my inks. Materials used: Memo word cards, 90mm x 38mm Round paper stickers (Sun Flower…

3 Inks from Caran d’Ache Colors of the Earth

Caran d’Ache produces quite some nice colours of inks, and while I have done a couple of ink samples late last year, I haven’t gotten down to reviewing them on this site yet. The brand has had a range called the Caran d’Ache Colors of the Earth inks, which has been discontinued and replaced with their Chromatic range. I was lucky enough to have snatched up 3 of the old inks before they were all out of the market. Before…

Noodler’s Blue Ghost – A Fun Fountain Pen Ink!

I do quite like special and fun things, and I love most colours… until one day, I found out that there is a particular ink that is COLOURLESS. That would have to be the Noodler’s Blue Ghost, of course. Initially, I couldn’t figure out for the life of me, why anyone would want to use a colourless ink. I got a 5mL sample from a nice friend and took it home. I’ve heard that one needs to use a black…

Pre-Christmas review: J. Herbin Scented Ink

I have been trying to find a way to do ink reviews for this blog but have never gotten down to doing any — so when I was sponsored this J. Herbin Scented Ink set from Fook Hing Trading Co., I knew I had to design a nice ink review! J. Herbin is a French brand specializing in calligraphy supplies, and I guess it is safe to say that it is one of the more popular European ink brands for fountain…