Ink Swab: Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-Ro


My Pelikan M600 had been out of rotation for a few months. I decided to ink it up yesterday and since Syo-Ro looked a bit like a suitable blue green, I decided to try it out. It’s one of those inks that look very different when wet and dry. The photos below will show that. The one on the left is how it looks when it’s wet and the one on the right is when it’s dry.

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When wet, it looks similar to the base color of J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor, just without the sparkles and the pronounced red sheen. As it dries, the green component of the ink becomes more obvious. It’s a nice teal shade that leans more on the green side. As expected of the Iroshizuku line of inks, this ink performs really well. It dries relatively fast (less than 10 seconds on a wet, medium nib), and flows really good. I would put this at a moderate to wet flow. It’s not waterproof but it leaves behind traces of blue when wet.

It’s an interesting-looking ink, not your run-of-the-mill teal. The shading has some dark blue in it, reddish under some kinds of light. Check out some close ups of my writing sample below:




Pilot has this way of making their ambiguous-looking inks very eye-catching.

Overall, I like this ink a lot because it’s something I can be comfortable using at work while still looking like a unique color. The flow is so pleasant, and it behaves very well. What’s not to like? 🙂

I bought this as part of a set of three small bottles from Everything Calligraphy.


2 thoughts on “Ink Swab: Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-Ro

  1. I’m also using Syo-ro right now! I have it in my Sheaffer Touchdown and I absolutely adore it! 🙂 I’m a huge fan of good blue-greens and this definitely qualifies. Really nice review and summary of the ink!


    • Pao says:

      It is quite pretty. Blue-greens are a newly acquired taste for me. I think Emerald of Chivor was my gateway drug, so to speak. 🙂 Thank you for dropping by. 🙂


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