Ink review: Iroshizuku Yama Budo
Pen and nib: Pelikan M205 - B nib
Color: Deep purple/magenta
Dry time: 5 seconds! Very good! Wow, that's fast! The pen used was a nice-n-wet Pelikan B, so this is really good results for such a nib.
Smear when dry: NO
Lubrication: Moderate - not superb, not bad.
Shading: Low. It is there, but barely...
Feathering: None on good paper, just a little on cheap paper. And I do mean a little.
Bleedthrough: None on good paper or cheap paper!
Notes: This color is very pretty but what I like most about this ink is it's amazing behavior! It seems to be a common trait of Iroshizuku inks - the good behavior. Excellent dry-time, but not a lot of feathering. I would highly recommend this ink!
There you have it! You gotta' love that color, and that great dry-time too. This ink has gone on my "elite" list. There is one problem worthy of noting though - this ink costs a LOT. At $25.00 for a 50ml bottle, plus shipping, it's not an ink that I'd use often. Sadly the company has forbid anyone to sell it for less than $25.00 shipped. Most retailers have it for around $32.00...
Aside from that, I think you really out to try this ink if you never have. Get a sample - it's cheap, and you'll get to see how you like it before spending $25.00 on a bottle.
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777 - Tyler Dahl