Benzaiten is one of Pilot’s 100th anniversary inks. It’s a soft pink colour that shades beautifully going from a pastel pink to something stronger and vibrant. Among all the 100th Anniversary colours, I like the yellow (Pilot Iroshizuku 100th Anniversary Daikokuten) which I’ve reviewed previously and this one. Both are unique colours to the Iroshizuku stable of inks. Too bad they are limited edition inks. It’s worth buying a bottle of Benzaiten even if it’s not a collectable.
This is one of the Pilot Iroshizuku ink made specially for Pilot’s 100th anniversary. Daikokuten is a bright yellow ink that shades nicely from a sunshine yellow to a yellow-orange colour when it pools. I really enjoy how bright and happy this colour is. It is surprisingly visible against bright white paper. Sadly this is made just for Pilot’s 100th anniversary celebration. I wish this ink is part of Pilot’s standard line up.
My thanks to Sunny of Straits Pen for the ink sample. Pilot Iroshizuku Ajisai is a purple - blue ink. Like other Pilot Iroshizuku inks, it is well behaved. It shades well. In terms of colour, there are quite a few inks that matches it. Personally, this isn’t my favourite blend of purple and blue.
My personal complain of Pilot Iroshizuku ink series is there are too many blues in the series. Tsuyu Kusa is one of these blues. Personally, I’m not a fan of blue inks in general. Tsuyu Kusa as a blue ink isn’t very outstanding. It’s not a light blue ink like Ama Iro or vibrant like Kon Peki. It’s not a royal blue like Asa Gao or dark like Shin Kai. I found Tsuyu Kusa rather boring but that’s just me. It shades slightly from a matte blue-grey colour to a darker royal blue. My thanks to Sunny of Straits Pen for giving me the sample.
- Private Reserve Naples Blue
- Sailor Jentle Souten
- Diamine Royal Blue
I got my mother to get me a bottle of Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku Rin when she visited Japan last year. I am finally getting around to reviewing this ink. This is a blend of yellow and green. It leans towards the yellow end of the spectrum. It can look very light and difficult to read if it was paired with an EF nib. Chiku Rin shades slightly from a pastel shade of yellowish-green to a darker bamboo green. Dry time on this ink is excellent. This is an interesting colour but it isn’t for everyone.
Pilot Iroshizuku Kosumosu is the pink ink of the series. This is very much a pink ink. It doesn’t have too much red in it to push it into salmon or coral’s territory. It shades from a pastel pink to a hot bright pink. The shading is very nice and the ink stands out from the page. It’s dark enough to be readable on the paper. If you are looking for a pink ink, Pilot Iroshizuku Kosumosu should be on your list.
When compared to Momoji, Kosumosu is the softer pink. Momiji is stronger and has more red to it. However when compared to Tsutsuji which is also similar to Kosumosu, Tsutsuji has more purple to the colour.
My thanks to Sunny of Straits Pen for the sample of this ink.