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The Rolls Royce of Inks?
on 2 March 2014
If you have been looking at Pilot inks elsewhere on Amazon, you have probably stumbled across my review of Pilot Murasaki-shikibu (Japanese Beautyberry) ink.
I was so impressed with the qualities of that ink and the price offered by this Japanese seller that I made up my mind there and then to buy one Pilot ink to my collection each month.
This month, as I really like orange inks for notebook use, I ordered a bottle of Fuyu-Gaki (winter persimmon) from the Japanese seller above.
It arrived safely and undamaged (even the box was uncreased) within two weeks of placing my order.
As with all Pilot inks, it shares the same silver grey box but with the label showing the colour of the ink, and understated minimalist lettering, which looks very classy on the shelf or desk.
The bottle is a very tactile heavy glass, with a concave dip at the base which will make filling a fountain pen much easier as the ink level lowers. Again it's adorned with subtle labelling and the trademark Pilot silver cord around the neck of the bottle.
The ink itself is a bright, but flat orange leaning towards the red (as opposed to the yellow) spectrum. I use fine and extra fine nibs, so it is always difficult to see shading in any ink, but I have this ink in a Waterman Kultur clear demonstrator with a medium nib and even through the very wet Waterman nib, it shows little shading, just a vibrancy of colour.
It sits slap bang between the in your face brightness of Diamine Pumpkin (which shades amazingly), and the yellowy orange of Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin. It's very impressive on the page.
On 120gsm Nuco cream paper it flows perfectly, with no startup problems - both my Pilot inks start first time every time without any prompting - and there is no sign of feathering or bleedthrough to the other side of the page....but I would expect that from a high end paper and a good class ink.
It's with the cheaper stuff this ink really shows its pedigree.
With T*sco 60gsm copy paper, there is only slight feathering and bleedthrough, unlike some Private Reserve and Noodlers inks, which seem to spread out and feather massively on cheap stuff..plus with Pilot inks, I have found the one ink that makes both sides of my Leuchtturm 1917 notebook pages usable.
Two days ago I was sitting in a coffee shop researching a book, and making notes as I went, using Diamine Umber for the text and this ink for any 'To Do' work., when a female acquaintance sat down next to me and glanced over and said:
"where did you get that gorgeous colour of ink? I didn't know they made ORANGE inks, it really stands out doesn't it, I'd never given that colour of ink a thought before I saw this?"
This ink is that striking, and I recommend it to you.
In summary it's free flowing, bright and exciting on the page without being garish, treats all papers as equals, and looks as though it will clean out from any pen with the minimum of effort.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely, it's an exceptionally lovely ink.
I hope this helped.
As an aside - if you are a dedicated fountain penner and think that some ink comparison images would help your choice, please leave me a quick comment and I'll put some up with each review I do from now on.