Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho Ink Review

Pilots Iroshizuku Ina-Ho has been an ink colour that caught my eye a long time ago, but I was never brave enough to buy a full 50ml bottle, especially at Iroshizuku ink prices. I bought some items from JetPens a few months ago so I took the opportunity to pick up a 15ml miniature ink bottle and I am so glad that I did. 

Ina-ho translated into English means 'rice ear' a name that I found very unusual. After a quick google search the name makes perfect sense. I think this ink colour is great for the Autumn/Winter season. It is a subdued brown/gold colour with some small hints of green. This is perfect for writing Christmas cards and looks great in my Hobonichi Techo for the winter journal entries. 

One aspect of Ina-ho that I love is its great shading! The light and dark tones for this ink are at the extremes which makes it a really enjoyable ink to use. I have only been using this with a medium nib, but inked up in a broad or double-broad this would be gorgeous! The ink flow, as with all Iroshizuku inks, is wet which is good for writing. I haven't experienced any skipping or flow issues at any point when using this ink and I have found it really smooth to write with. 

The only negative I can think of with this ink colour is that due to the gold tones it may not be to everyones taste for long form writing. Lighter colours can be hard to read on the page, and Ina-ho could fall into this category. 

I have really enjoyed using this ink colour. It may not be my most used ink, or be consistently inked up but I think this ink colour is lovely and suits this time of year perfectly.