Sailor Shikiori Yozakura
Let your writing bloom with Sailor Yozakura.
Sailor Yozakura is one of Sailor’s newest inks in their Shikiori line. The ink is a blush salmon that is surprisingly easy to read despite its light appearance. The Shikiori line of ink comes in a new 20ml glass rectangular bottle that makes filling your pen easy. This review was done with a Sailor Pro Gear F, Lamy Safari B and on Rhodia blank No.18 paper.
Yozakura roughly translates to evening cherry blossom, and appropriatly describes this muted pink ink. The ink shaded moderately and displayed the same colors in both a fine and broad nib. At its lightest, the ink is a salmon/flamingo color. The ink quickly becomes darker with murky magenta colors. At its darkest, the ink has a mauve appearance, but it still retains its pink base.
As with other Sailor inks, Yozakura has good flow with no feathering or bleedthrough. While the saturation is on the low side, it still presented some nice shading. Dry times were good at 20-30 seconds and clean up was easy. What surprised me the most was its water resistance. After the water test it was easy to make out the writing, and only a small amount of the ink has washed off.
Yozakura is unique in all the best ways. The color is hard to describe but has a striking appearance. Everyone in the office was worried that it would be too light to read in a fine nib, but there was no issue, no matter the nib size. I’m not a pink fan but I found this ink quite enjoyable to use.
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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