It may be just a tad too early, but Waka-Uguisu has us
looking forward to the chirping sounds of spring.
Sailor Waka-Uguisu is named after the Japanese Bush Warbler, a bird who’s sweet song is often associated with spring. This feathered friend has beautiful plumage on its back that matches the color of this ink. Waka-Uguisu is part of Sailor’s Seasons line and comes in their standard 50ml glass bottle that has a plastic reservoir to make filling easier. This review was done with a Pilot Metropolitan F, Sailor Pro Gear B, and on Rhodia No. 18 blank paper.
Waka-Uguisu is a delicate mossy-olive color that has Sailor’s characteristically good properties. The ink shaded well in both a fine and broad nib, which lead to a nice range of colors. The ink shades form a bright pear green to shades of olive and finally to a darker mossy green. In a broad nib, the mossy color was more apparent, but all stages of the color are on display.
I’ve never had an issue with Sailor ink and Waka-Uguisu is no different. The flow was good and there was no feathering or bleedthrough. It isn’t a very saturated ink, but the dry times were low at 15-20 seconds. Water resistance was low, but clean up was easy. Waka-Uguisu is a high shading ink, even in a fine nib.
I love green inks, so Waka-Uguisu has remained in one of my pens since its release. While it may not be appropriate for work for some people, I love enjoying its subtleties for all my other writing needs.
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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