Next to Sailor's excellent...
, February 22, 2010
Next to Sailor's excellent blue-black, and Noodler's deep, deep dark and,
nearly, permanent, blue-black, Pilot's Tsuki-yo Iroshizuku (Colors of Nature)
ink is certainly one of the best blue-black inks that are currently available.
Tsuki-yo, literally Moon-like ("tsuki" means moon), is "Moonlit night," a more
appropriate translation (a beautiful Japanese idiom). The ink has a lovely
intensity and richness that makes many other blue-black inks look watery and
Currently, Pilot manufactures a pretty, well-made fountain pen to match this
color. It is a Custom Heritage 91 model to match Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo. The pen
retails for 10,500 Yen in Japan which is about U.S. $115.00. I have one and it
writes very well with its 14K rhodium-plated nib. I recommend that JetPens
market this model and the other Iroshizuku Custom Heritage 91 pens in Yama-budo,
Yama-guri and Kiri-same (models available as of Feb. 2010). More colors will be
coming out with barrels and caps made of plastic resin that match the various
ink colors, and clips & trim are rhodiumplated steel. They are wonderful writing
instruments to go along with some of the most beautiful inks ever produced.