Ink Peek: Sailor Yurameku Inks, Round 2

You may remember a long post on a new line of ink from Sailor – the Yurameku inks. While I have no official confirmation on it, I believe this is the place Sailor is tucking away some of their more experimental inks that do not clearly fit in any current ink lines. A huge thank you to Dromgoole’s for sending these inks!

Like the first batch of Yurameku inks, Yurameku 2 inks are packaged with a swatch of the ink color on the label in 20 mL bottles. The two batches are easily differentiated by the color of the boxes themselves, 1 a light grey and 2 nearly black.

I appreciate the color swatch on both the boxes and the bottles. Square bottles and boxes are also wonderful.

Now for the inks themselves. The Yurameku 1 line up was full of nearly pastel inks. Not under saturated, but pastel. This seems to be the best way to show dramatic multi-chromatic shading. The Yurameku 2 line in the opposite with all five inks being dark and moody with hints of sheen.

The dramatic shifting in Yurameku 2 inks seems to be both the angle of the light and the paper type. When sheen is present in an ink, it isn’t the bright metallic sheen caused by over saturated ink. Instead, it’s almost shimmery without a shimmer particulate.

In contrast to most sheening inks, Yurameku 2 inks don’t seem to be overly dye-heavy. Suki Gokoro brings to mind Sailor’s Rikyu-cha with more depth to the color variation.

Suki Gokoro shows this same shimmer quality with the sheen – present through the ink rather than only on the edges of pooled ink. I haven’t seen evidence of this in writing yet, but further testing is needed

I haven’t offered ink comparisons in today’s review, because I believe more testing is necessary before I can even decide the base color!

Date Gokoro stands out from the collection with a rich blueish-purple that changes dramatically based on paper type.

Hana Gokoro is quite difficult to photograph. This is a purple-red-brown-grey ink that is also impossible to truly describe.


When I first swatched Zaire Gokoro, it seemed like a pleasant blue-black ink, but it… changed.

With the five newest Yurameku inks lined up, the overall presentation is dark, somewhat lacking in variation.

This is the point where the inks show their unique properties – paper types.

I’ve kept the order of the inks consistent on each page below.

Tomoe River 52gsm (TR7):

Cosmo Air Light 83gsm:

Midori MD paper:


Suki Gokoro is the first ink to catch my eye with the dramatic changes in color between paper types. Zare Gokoro loses all blue on Midori MD paper while the same paper removes the brightness and red undertones in Date Gokoro. Hana Gokoro shifts from blue to purple to brown-grey but Kokoro Guma doesn’t seem to fit in the same shifting pattern. One characteristic the is consistent across all papers and all inks is the dramatic shading.

I have loved every Yurameku ink so far and the second line is no different. At first glance, the two Yurameku lines don’t seem to belong in the same line, I have a feeling that further writing will start to show more unique properties. Keep an eye out for the second part of this ink sneak peek!

DISCLAIMER: The ink included in this review was provided free of charge from Dromgoole’s for the purpose of review. Some items were purchased with funds from our amazing Patrons.

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