Miruai roughly translates to seaweed, and this ink really looks like the nori sheet used to make sushi. Sailor inks are a favorite of mine, and nearly everyone else that works at Anderson Pens. There are eight colors in Sailor’s Seasons line, and each color is sophisticated, complicated and has great properties. It comes in Sailor’s 50ml bottle which has a useful ink reservoir that makes filling easy, and ensures you get every drop from your bottle. For the Sailor Miruai review I used a Sailor Pro Gear Slim with a broad nib, a Lamy Safari 1.5 stub, and Rhodia blank no.18 paper.
The color is a piney green-black that at times can look more teal than green. Like other Sailor inks Miruai is well saturated, flows well, and has a good amount of shading. When you’re initially writing the ink lays down as nearly black, but it softens considerably as it dries to its nori green color.
I didn’t notice a huge difference in color between the broad and stub nib. The ink had a faint red sheen when it pooled in the swab test, but I was unable to notice it in any of the writing samples. I originally labeled the water resistance as low, but I would revise that to medium. While much of the ink was washed away in the drip test, you can still make out what was written.
I love unique colors, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a color that matches Miruai. If you’re looking for an ink that is workplace friendly, but has a lot of character, Miruai is a great option.
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 be sure it’s the color for you.
Ink it up!