Iroshizuku Momiji might be named after autumn leaves,
but it is the perfect Poinsettia red for the holidays.
Iroshizuku inks are produced by Pilot and are a mainstay in the fountain pen community. Their beautiful assortment of inks ensure there is a color for everyone, and the reduction in price from $28 to $20 a bottles makes them a lot more accessible. Momiji is a red that leans towards pink/magenta. Iroshizuku inks come in a 50ml glass bottles that is tall and oblong, but easily accommodates any fountain pen size. This review was done with a Pilot Vanashing Point F, Lamy Safari B and on Rhodia blank no.18 paper.
Momiji is a fairly uniform light red ink that doesn’t shade much. However, the color is more complicated than that. In a fine nib, where the ink is more concentrated, the red is similar to a Sheaffer red. With a broader nib the subtleties of the ink become apparent; what one thought was a standard red shifts into shades of pink and magenta. It is a hard color to pin down, but it’s not too bright or pastel like. The ink does produce some outstanding gold sheen but only on a high quality paper, and with a generous amount of ink.
Iroshizuku inks have great properties and Momiji is no different. The flow was good and there was no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. It is a moderately saturated ink with good dry times at 20-30 seconds. It doesn’t have any water resistance or shading, but clean up is easy.
Momiji is a great color for all your holiday card writing or to just use for journaling. If you’re looking for a corrections red but with a little more character, it also fits the bill. This is a color that I’ve found doesn’t translate well on a digital screen, so if you’re at all interested I would suggest trying a sample.
As with any ink review, the pen, paper, and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks. If you’re not sure about a color, try a sample to see if it’s the one for you.
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