Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-rin

Review by Laura Cameron

I know I’m not the resident green expert here at The Desk, but when Jesi offered this bottle of Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-rin (15mL for $9.90) to me, I couldn’t resist it.

Chiku-rin is a gorgeous green. I think of it as almost a lemongrass color, but Chiku-rin translates to bamboo forest.  Either way it is the perfect spring green.

The ink does shade a bit, and it is very legible even in lighter shades. I don’t see any sheen, but on darker applications I do see a much bluer green which was a little surprising.

When I pulled out my green swatches to match, I found that Robert Oster Sublime was a pretty good match for the light tones.  I didn’t have a great match for the darker tones, bit without a pretty wide nib I don’t think the darker greens will show up that much.  I also looked at J. Herbin Olive Vert, which is a smidge yellower in tone.

Overall, I think our green addict would approve!


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