Curl up with a good notebook as you indulge in Sailor Shikiori Sound of Rain Harahara.
As the name would imply, Sailor Shikiori Harahara is part of a series celebrating the various sounds of rain. The Shikiori line comes in Sailor’s recognizable 20ml glass, rectangular bottle that makes the pen filling process easy, and Sailor Shikiori Rikyu-Cha is also available in cartridges. This review was done with a Pilot Metropolitan F, Lamy Studio B, and on Rhodia blank No. 18 paper.
Harahara represents the drizzle sounds of rain in the Autumn. The gentle warm violet shade perfectly matches the feeling of a damp fall afternoon. When this ink meets water, a surprising green tone becomes visible on the edges. While it doesn’t sport the highest levels of shading, there is enough to be visible in a fine and broad nib.
Sailor Shikiori Harahara was a pleasure to work with. It had excellent flow, low feathering and bleedthrough, and had a good average dry time of 15 to 30 seconds. It even holds a certain amount of water resistance, allowing the text to be very readable beneath the drops.
I’m a real sucker for a warm violet, and I have always loved Sailor inks, so Sailor Shikiori Harahara checks a lot of boxes for me. It’s the perfect mix of an interesting color without being so punchy as to be distracting.
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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