Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun: Ink Review

Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun Fountain Pen ink bottle and swabs on dark background

Part of the Pilot Iroshizuku ink line, Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Syogun or 'Old Man Winter' captures the icy grey-blue of the winter, read on to learn more about this gorgeous grey!

Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun fountain pen ink review

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Ink Review 

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • ~20 seconds – We found this ink sits pretty solidly in the middle of the road in terms of dry times. It's not super quick drying but also doesn't take a long time either, it would be great for less fountain pen friendly paper.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Medium – Despite not having any water resistant properties this held up pretty well to water and while most would wash away you may see some bits left behind if a writing sample were to get wet.


  • Medium – The biggest difference was between swab one and two, going from light to a deep blue-grey, this allows some great shading.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • High – This ink doesn't have any water-resistant properties so it rinses out easily with no staining.


  • High – Starting light grey Fuyu-Syogun deepens into a darker grey color on the loops and crosses sections of writing giving it a gradient and depth of color.


  • Medium – Not wet or dry writing this fits neatly in the middle and would work well on most paper.

 Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • This lovely 50ml glass bottle is very distinctive, and perfect for displaying your ink. This distinctive shape is instantly recognizable, and the clean label ties the look together. The opening is wide enough to fill most pens from..

Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Syogun fountain pen ink bottle and swab

If you're interested in similar colors, check out our Swab Shop where you can compare colors side by side.


This is a fabulous ink that is perfect for a non-traditional grey for daily writing. Well behaved and gorgeous shading make this neutral a stand-out!

Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu Syogun ink bottle with ink splatters on dark background

Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu Syogun ink splatter

Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu Syogun ink splatter with writing

 This color is available in 50ml bottles as well as our ink samples.