on salePilot Iroshizuku Shin-kai - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-PN69225

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on salePilot Iroshizuku Shin-kai - Ink Sample

Product Code IS-PN69225

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A 2ml sample of Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-kai (Deep Sea) dark ble fountain pen ink, in a labeled plastic vial.

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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.


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Customer Reviews

Based on 27 reviews
Donald P.
Ink Sample Review - Iroshizuku Shin-kai

The ink is good and looks great in the demonstrator pen (Asvine V200) that I am using it in. The color is fairly consistent although a light stroke vs a heavy stroke does definitely impact the depth in the color. I don't use a lot of colored inks but am a big fan of Pilot inks and this one has not disappointed.

Jan E.
Beautiful color

I lined up my pilot with this ink. It is beautiful on the page. It flows so nicely. Will be looking to get a bottle of this soon.

Nick T.

It looks like a dustier, grayer version of R&K Salix without the shading that Salix has. Spreads a bit more in comparison to Salix or Montblanc Midnight Blue. Seems to flow very well and has good lubrication. Worth a sample.

Michael D.
Mediocre at best

Kind of a let down after seeing photos of this ink. I expected good shading and flow. My experience was dry, lackluster ink. Id recommend a Colorverse ink instead.

Another perfect Pilot ink

I loved this ink sample so much I bought a bottle straight away. It's perfectly dark and stormy, blue gray. I love it.

FAQ about Ink Samples

How do I fill my fountain pen from an ink sample vial? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

It depends on the fountain pen's filling mechanism.

Check out our blog post on How to Fill a Fountain Pen from an Ink Sample Vial.

How much writing can I do with 2ml of ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

It really depends on how big or small you write, and the nib size you’re using. We find that usually you can get 2 good fills for a typical converter with our Ink samples, or one good fill with a piston-filling pen. How much writing depends on you more than anything else, so we recommend experimenting with different nib sizes to find what works best for you. 

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.

What's your return policy for ink samples? 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.