review: pilot iroshizuku tsuki-yo - ink between the teeth

Mar 12, 2018

review: pilot iroshizuku tsuki-yo

Here's another Pilot Iroshizuku ink review! We're still looking at blues and blue greens today, so you know I'm a big fan of these tones.

Am I off the hook for talking about these bottles again? Shh, I'm gonna talk about them anyway.

All my Pilot Iroshizuku inks come in the smaller 15ml bottles. I've talked about these before, but they're a nice way for you to try out the relatively pricy Iroshizuku inks without breaking the bank. In the U.S., they usually come in pre-packaged, three-bottle sets: Spring, Summer, and Fall. I usually buy Iroshizuku in Taiwan, where indie stationery stores distribute these sets in build-your-own boxes.

Tsuki-yo is a dark blue, slightly greener than what you would call a navy. I'm a fan of blues and greens and blue-greens, so this ink was definitely right in my wheelhouse.
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My scan of Tsuki-yo isn't perfect, so here's a picture in natural light:
In my experience, this ink took a little while to dry. As you can see from my notes, it's a bit wetter than I expected from an Iroshizuku ink. I've found Iroshizuku to be slightly wetter than average already, so this was definitely interesting, but not something that I dislike.

It's not waterproof, but you'll be able to salvage most of your writing. I think this ink would actually be quite nice in watercolor applications, because it breaks up into this lovely light turquoise. I've never tried it before, but I really want to now.

In my Pilot Custom Heritage 92, a slightly dry writer, Tsuki-yo flows great. It actually flipped my thoughts on my CH92, which was once filled with Fuyu-syogun and wrote far too dry for me to enjoy it, particularly with the light amount of feedback the nib already had. I love the combination of the two, and while I'm rotating other inks into my CH92, I think Tsuki-yo is its soulmate.

In my (admittedly light) swatch, you can't see any sheen, but in my writing I can definitely catch hints of a red outline, particularly where the ink has pooled. I think in heavy applications you'll definitely express much more of its sheening qualities. Tsuki-yo has some moderate to heavy shading, which I'm a big fan of.
I've compared it to some other colors that I thought would be as close as possible, which really were only these two: De Atramentis Pigeon Blue and Pilot Iroshizuku Ajisai. As you can see? Not even close. And let me tell you, everything I included in my scan wasn't close either.

Would I purchase this ink again? I'm not sure. I think if I wasn't already packed to the gills with blue inks, I would. Pilot Iroshizuku has dropped in price in recent years, which means it's far more affordable for me as a "treat yourself" item.

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