Syo-ro

Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-ro Ink Review

If you have been to my blog before you may have noticed that I use Pilot Iroshizuku inks a lot. It is the brand of ink I have reviewed the most, you could say I am a sucker for these inks.

This ink looks great in a demonstrator fountain pen

This ink looks great in a demonstrator fountain pen

The main reason I enjoy the Pilot Iroshizuku brand of inks is as a general rule they handle really well. They are nice and wet which means you get a good flow in your fountain pen and when using high quality paper you are usually treated to some gorgeous shading!

Today I am here to talk about one particular colour, the Syo-Ro. The english name for this ink is ‘dew on pine trees’. The colour does remind me of lush green forests similar to what you may find in the Scottish Highlands so I think the name rings true. I have found Syo-Ro similar to the Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku. Ku-Jaku is a bright teal coloured ink, but using these two inks in conjunction with one another the differences are very subtle. The Syo-Ro is a darker shade of green and has less shading when using on normal writing paper.

However to contradict myself to a point I have noticed with the Syo-Ro when using it in my Hobonichi Techo or on Midori paper in my Travelers Notebook, you do get some lovely shading. It’s not visible on other paper stock, but there are some definite red and blue undertones that gives this ink a lovely sheen.

The Syo-ro shown in my Techo. The light doesn't show the shading quite in the way I'd have liked it to.

The Syo-ro shown in my Techo. The light doesn't show the shading quite in the way I'd have liked it to.

I have really enjoyed using Syo-Ro. I received this ink as part of a 15ml Iroshizuku gift box. It was not an ink colour I sought out or had an expectations of. I have it inked up in one of my most used pens, the TWSBI 580 RB with an EF nib and use it to write with most days. The demonstrator pen means I get to enjoy the ink sloshing about in the barrel and appreciate its lovely deep tones. With the TWSBI fountain pen I get a nice thin line for writing and the lovely dark green Syo-Ro is something a little bit different from the normal blue or black inks.

Written review of the Syo-ro in a Nock Co A5 notebook written with my TWSBI 580 RB with an EF nib

Written review of the Syo-ro in a Nock Co A5 notebook written with my TWSBI 580 RB with an EF nib

I would in most cases always recommend trying an Iroshizuku ink. They are quite expensive and if you’re in Europe more than likely you can only get your hands on the large 50ml bottle. In most cases though if you’re confident on a colour you should enjoy using this brand of ink. They are really fun to use, easy to clean out of fountain pens and write really well.

With this colour specifically it’s not my favourite within the Iroshizuku range but I think in the winter months this ink would fit very well into my wintery mood. At this time of year I enjoy using bright coloured inks that reflect the onset of Spring.