Friday, August 9, 2013

Pilot Iroshizuku Ink Tsukiyo (Moonlight)

This is a neuron
The best moon picture I can take (with that Sony point and shoot)
Pilot Iroshizuku Tsukiyo (Moon Night/Moonlight, same difference) is a navy blue with a tad of warmth. According to this video (first found on FPN), Tsukiyo is the most-popular shade in Japan. Some categorizes it as a blue-black but on Lamy Safari fine, it get washed down a little to barely-deep blue. 

A quality that I kept seeing in Pilot inks (not just Iroshizuku) is how well they flow and how easy they are to wash off, even on the finest nibs. The water-consistency means that they got suck right into (and feathers a little on) porous paper while having very noticeable shading on glossier paper. 
Another bonus of Tsukiyo is that when used on a very wet nib (Lamy 1.9mm italic), there is a noticeable red sheen on the pooled part. Not the kind that requires you tilt the paper at a specific angle, under certain lighting or at a certain time of the day to be observed. The dry time was quick (by the time I am on the second line in the Rhodia pad paper, the previous one is already dried) and water-resistance is partial.

Scanned written review of Tsukiyo.


  1. Beautiful! I love your pictures - especially that close up with the sheen. I love inks that have a sheen. That is my favourite property, hands down.

    1. Thank you! I have seen your iroshizuku swatch broad and I like yours with the flex nib (your italic nib writing is also much better than mine). The secret to close up of writing sample, is just tilting the camera a little bit so the auto-focus creates some dimension(that will enhance the shading and sheen).

  2. Nice review! This is my favorite Iroshizuku.