on saleSailor Shikiori Chushu - 20ml Bottled Ink

Product Code SL-13-1008-216

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on saleSailor Shikiori Chushu - 20ml Bottled Ink

Product Code SL-13-1008-216

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20ml square glass bottle of Sailor Shikiori Chushu fountain pen ink. Chushu, or Mid-Autumn Grey, is a very dark grey with just a hint of purple.

A set of small stickers with the name of the ink are included for labeling your ink converter, so you can always remember what ink you're using.

This smooth-flowing water-based dye ink is specifically formulated to be safe for all fountain pens.

Sailor's Shikiori ("Four Seasons") line of fountain pen inks features vibrant and unique colors inspired by the beauty of each season in Japan.

Bottled Ink
Bottle Material
Bottle Opening Diameter
20.6mm (0.81in)
Fast Drying

Whether or not the ink contains glittery particles.

Freeze Resistant

Whether or not an ink is specially formulated to better withstand freezing temperatures.

Iron Gall

Ink made from iron salts and tannic acids. Though quite permanent and waterproof, these inks are typically known for causing chemical corrosion to metal pen parts (especially the nib) and should be used sparingly or with less-valuable pens.


Whether or not an ink is specially formulated to increase flow in your pen.


Whether or not the ink contains finely-ground solid particles in liquid suspension.

Water Resistant

Whether or not the ink, once dried on the paper, will resist being washed away with water.


Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Love this ink!

I will be buying more from the Sailor Shikiori line! My Pilot Vanishing Point and Pilot E95s, both in extra fine nibs write incredibly smoother in comparison to other inks I've tried. My Twsbi Eco 1.1 Stub writes as smooth as butter with this ink, not to mention the color is just beautiful! It's a win in my book!

Ben V.
Subtle and sophisticated

This was a great pick up. I love that it's dark enough to use in the office, but has just a hint of tint to let others know it's not a simple black. Great way to show some flair without making it super obvious.

Linda D.

I've fallen in love with Sailor Shikiori Inks. The color is a muted plum with shading. It glides onto the paper with ease. I especially enjoy looking at the varieties of color within the swatch. Smooth and silky. Ethan was so helpful!

Joel A.
Beautiful ink!

Beautiful, subtle, and great performance! Flows smoothly and reliably in every pen I've tried it in. There's a definite purple undertone, which I love, but in most instances it appears mostly grey on the page. It's dark enough to always be perfectly legible, and writing stands out easily on the page, but it's not so dark as to ever be mistaken for black. There's a moderate amount subtle shading, depending on the nib. I have not observed any sheen. It dries pretty quickly and I've not experienced any accidental smearing. Chushu has become one of my absolute favourite inks!

Katherine S.
Love this ink!

A beautiful dark gray/purple. I bought the bottle after loving the ink sample. The flow and color of this ink from a Sailor stub nib is perfect.

FAQs about Bottled Ink

Which pens can accept this ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Any of these fountain pens will work with bottled ink. Typically, as long as the pen can be filled with a converter, has a built-in filling mechanism like a piston, or can be eyedropper-filled, it can accept bottled ink.

What is shading, sheening, or shimmering ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Shading - A common (and often desired) result of a fountain pen ink pooling in certain parts of a letter when writing, so that the color and saturation of the ink appears different within a single letter or word. This characteristic cannot be achieved with ballpoint or rollerball pens and is a very appealing aspect of fountain pen use for those particularly drawn to all the pretty ink colors.

Sheen - Characteristic of a fountain pen ink where when ink pools another color can be seen on top of the ink, especially when looked at in different light angles using certain paper types. There is no way to guarantee an ink will sheen, but using a larger nib on a pen will help obtain sheening results in your writing.

Shimmering - Fountain pen ink that has small particles of glitter mixed in.

Is shimmering ink safe to use in fountain pens? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Yes! Shimmering ink is a great way to add some flare to your writing. We have found that a larger nib will showcase more shimmering particles while writing, but you can use any nib size and shimmering ink. All the ink we sell is safe for use in fountain pens.

You can learn more in our blog: How to Write with Shimmering Ink.

My ink smells funny, is it safe to use? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Generally yes! Ink does not smell good- it usually has a chemical smell, along with other scents such as sulfur, rubber, chemicals or even paint. However, as long as you’re not seeing anything floating in the ink, it should be safe to use.

It’s cold and my ink froze; is it safe to use? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Yes, frozen ink will not hurt your pen (after it’s thawed of course!) The issue with ink freezing is primarily a concern because certain glass bottles could break as the water-based ink expands, and then you’d have a mess!

What is your return policy for bottled ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

We do not accept returns for ink that has been used. Otherwise, we accept returns on unused ink products for up to 30 days from purchase. You can read all our Return Policies here.

To initiate a return, please submit a request at the Return Portal. Our Customer Care team might reach out to you for more information.