Review by Laura Cameron
What color ink I’m craving pretty much changes every week, and last week was a grey week. It’s still bright and sunny here and sometimes way too hot, so a cool grey is a nice contrast. Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun (15mL for $9.90), or “Old Man Winter” is that cool grey.
Fuyu-syogun is reminiscent of grey winter skies, perhaps even that interminable January and February period where the world is still and cold and crisp.
Which is not to say that Fuyu-syogun isn’t a great color; it is. It ranges from a cool, pale grey to a darker, foreboding storm cloud grey. There’s no shimmer or sheen, but plenty of shading.
I don’t have a ton of greys to compare Fuyu-syogun to. Pilot Iroshizuku Kiri-same has more brown and mushroom tones to its grey, and Sailor Shikiori Shimoyo is more of a slate color with shades of blue and black.
I think of the three swatches above, I am actually drawn to Fuyu-syogun as my favorite grey of the batch. What are your favorite grey inks?
- Paper: Crossfield Journal ($24.00) and Maruman Mnemosyne N182A Inspiration Notebook A5 ($10.50)
- Pen: Delike Glass Signature Pen ($37.80).
- Swatches: Col-o-Ring Ink Testing Book ($10) and Col-o-Dex Rotary Cards ($15)
- Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun (15ml for $9.90)