on saleSailor Shikiori Shimoyo - 20ml Bottled Ink

Product Code SL-13-1008-220

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on saleSailor Shikiori Shimoyo - 20ml Bottled Ink

Product Code SL-13-1008-220

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20ml Bottle

20ml square glass bottle of Sailor Shikiori Shimoyo fountain pen ink. Shimoyo, or Frosty Winter Night, is a dark blue/black color.

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

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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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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 5 reviews
Gorgeous in subtlety

I'm still fairly new to fountain pens and inks, so I don't have a whole lot to compare this to. That disclaimer out of the way, this is the first ink I've tried that immediately gave me poetic inspiration. The blues are very prominent without overbearing the black hues. It does shade, but the way an animal crossing the snow on a winter night would shade across the field. Subtle, but noticeable and beautiful. I used this ink with my 1.1 stub on Rhodia 80gsm paper and had no issues at all with feathering, bleed, or ghosting. The ink is wet, but controllable enough that it doesn't get out of hand with my stub nib. A stunningly gorgeous ink that I may end up buying multiple bottles of just in case it ever goes out of production. An amazing find.

Michael C.
A great ink for blue-black fans

This ink is a gorgeous deep blue, almost blue-black. Anyone who appreciates the subtlety of Lamy blue black will find this ink a pleasure to write with. It leans more to black than some of the other Japanese blue-blacks like Platinum, but still retains a dark blue undertones. It doesn't for example have the green or teal leanings like Noodler's 54th. It was surprisingly water resistant. Some ink washed right off but enough remained on the paper (Ayush) to be readable. It doesn't offer the shading of, say the Manyo series, but enough shading is noticeable with medium, broad and stub nibs to bring out its distinctiveness. An excellent choice for professional use. This might become my go-to ink for business!

goulet pen and sailor rocks!

I love, love, love this ink! one of the best colours ever!

Rodrigo D.
Beautiful ink

I don't know if it is a blue-grey or a ...purple-grey? The swab in the photo is pretty accurate. The ink flows really nice and the color is so calm and pretty. I wish it come in a bigger bottle so I could use it more often. I love it.

Sasha R.
Nice blue-black, but the bleed-through though!

This ink is a pretty, desaturated blue-black that has an indigo/purplish undertone. It's pretty, if a little bland. (I have gotten none of the reddish/brown sheening in the picture) Unfortunately, this is an extremely thin/wet ink which is very prone to bleeding through even on paper that is quite nice. Strongly recommend a sample to test in your preferred notebook before buying the whole bottle.

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.