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    Default Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku asa-gao (Morning Glory)

    Today I’m reviewing Pilot Iroshizuku asa-gao ink.

    From Japanese this translates to Morning Glory and is a rich royal blue colour.

    Asa-gao is a well-behaved ink that didn’t suffer from any skips or hard starts when I put the uncapped pen down to do swab tests, dry times and water resistance. It felt quite wet and smooth writing.

    It dried quickly in 15 or 16 seconds on the Clairefontaine Triomphe paper and didn’t smear after it was dry.

    Available in attractive Pilot Iroshizuku 50ml glass bottles and mini 15ml bottles from many outlets worldwide.


    • Flow Rate: Very good.
    • Lubrication: Very smooth.
    • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
    • Start-up: Immediate.
    • Saturation: Not saturated
    • Shading Potential: Some nice shading seen, and occasionally a little red sheen.
    • Show-Through: A little seen on some of the papers used, but I could write on the reverse of all of them.
    • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not seen
    • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after a couple of weeks in the pen.
    • Staining (pen): Not seen after several days - easy clean-up.
    • Staining (hands): Washed off of my hands easily.
    • Clogging: Not seen.
    • Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof, but shows a little water resistance.

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    Last edited by Chrissy; July 12th, 2020 at 02:23 AM.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku asa-gao (Morning Glory)

    I've been using asa-gao for years, and if I had to live with only one ink asa-gao would be it. (If I were permitted two inks, iro. yama-guri would be the other.)

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku asa-gao (Morning Glory)

    This is one of my favorite inks!

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku asa-gao (Morning Glory)

    Lovely review of a lovely ink. This was my first Iroshizuku, given as a present (first one's always free).
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku asa-gao (Morning Glory)

    Quote Originally Posted by Marsilius View Post
    Lovely review of a lovely ink. This was my first Iroshizuku, given as a present (first one's always free).
    You're welcome. It is a lovely ink. I don't remember if my first ever bottle of ink was free.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku asa-gao (Morning Glory)

    Lovely review. Such a beautiful bold blue.... It's funny, I have some Japanese Asa-Gao growing this year ...Though the will be flowering much later....I'm hoping Mid August.... But I doubt mine will be as deep, as a rich blue as this ink.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    Lovely review. Such a beautiful bold blue.... It's funny, I have some Japanese Asa-Gao growing this year ...Though the will be flowering much later....I'm hoping Mid August.... But I doubt mine will be as deep, as a rich blue as this ink.......
    On the contrary, your flowers will almost certainly be more beautiful than the ink. The ink only hints at the depth & richness of the flower’s color.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku asa-gao (Morning Glory)

    Quote Originally Posted by guyy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    Lovely review. Such a beautiful bold blue.... It's funny, I have some Japanese Asa-Gao growing this year ...Though the will be flowering much later....I'm hoping Mid August.... But I doubt mine will be as deep, as a rich blue as this ink.......
    On the contrary, your flowers will almost certainly be more beautiful than the ink. The ink only hints at the depth & richness of the flower’s color.
    Thanks that's so kind.
    I should have been more precise, my morning glories, albeit Japanese are of the light blue kind......

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku asa-gao (Morning Glory)

    Thanks for the review. This ink is one of two bottles of ink that I have, the rest are all samples. I just love this ink, I think it is in 4 of my pens right now. I almost feel that I never have to try another blue ink, which really helps when it comes to picking one. It looks and preforms exactly the way I want it to and the color both wet and dry is gorgeous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscweaves View Post
    Thanks for the review. This ink is one of two bottles of ink that I have, the rest are all samples. I just love this ink, I think it is in 4 of my pens right now. I almost feel that I never have to try another blue ink, which really helps when it comes to picking one. It looks and preforms exactly the way I want it to and the color both wet and dry is gorgeous.
    You're welcome. Four pens filled with the same ink is a very good recommendation.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku asa-gao (Morning Glory)

    Is Blue Velvet quite similar, but more saturated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSherbs View Post
    Is Blue Velvet quite similar, but more saturated?

    Sent from my Moto E (4) using Tapatalk
    Yes it is but it doesn't lean as purple as asa-gao.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TSherbs View Post
    Is Blue Velvet quite similar, but more saturated?

    Sent from my Moto E (4) using Tapatalk
    Yes it is but it doesn't lean as purple as asa-gao.
    roger roger

    Imma have to try some Velvet.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku asa-gao (Morning Glory)

    A fabulous review. As always. Thank you a lot, Chrissy!
    Arguably one of the best blue inks. If it is availble for a reasonable price (nothing like 40 USD what it costs in some European countries), it is a must.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aurore View Post
    A fabulous review. As always. Thank you a lot, Chrissy!
    Arguably one of the best blue inks. If it is availble for a reasonable price (nothing like 40 USD what it costs in some European countries), it is a must.
    You're welcome and thank you for your recommendation. I'm going to have to try to find a reasonably priced bottle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by aurore View Post
    A fabulous review. As always. Thank you a lot, Chrissy!
    Arguably one of the best blue inks. If it is availble for a reasonable price (nothing like 40 USD what it costs in some European countries), it is a must.
    You're welcome and thank you for your recommendation. I'm going to have to try to find a reasonably priced bottle.
    The best is probably from Japan, especially if shipped airmail/SAL instead of EMS. I would suggest the same merchants as in case of Pilot Blue-Black 350ml, that would mean appx. 18-19 pounds incl. shipping.
    While a nice ink, 30 quid is a bit too much

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    Another must have review!
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    I like this ink as well. I have it in my collection.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku asa-gao (Morning Glory)

    Quote Originally Posted by aurore View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by aurore View Post
    A fabulous review. As always. Thank you a lot, Chrissy!
    Arguably one of the best blue inks. If it is availble for a reasonable price (nothing like 40 USD what it costs in some European countries), it is a must.
    You're welcome and thank you for your recommendation. I'm going to have to try to find a reasonably priced bottle.
    The best is probably from Japan, especially if shipped airmail/SAL instead of EMS. I would suggest the same merchants as in case of Pilot Blue-Black 350ml, that would mean appx. 18-19 pounds incl. shipping.
    While a nice ink, 30 quid is a bit too much
    I looked on ebay.com and Amazon.co.uk and the prices from Japan sellers that I found were no cheaper in total than they are at The Writing Desk. I've also seen information that Japan Post isn't currently working internationally.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: Pilot Iroshizuku asa-gao (Morning Glory)

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by aurore View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by aurore View Post
    A fabulous review. As always. Thank you a lot, Chrissy!
    Arguably one of the best blue inks. If it is availble for a reasonable price (nothing like 40 USD what it costs in some European countries), it is a must.
    You're welcome and thank you for your recommendation. I'm going to have to try to find a reasonably priced bottle.
    The best is probably from Japan, especially if shipped airmail/SAL instead of EMS. I would suggest the same merchants as in case of Pilot Blue-Black 350ml, that would mean appx. 18-19 pounds incl. shipping.
    While a nice ink, 30 quid is a bit too much
    I looked on ebay.com and Amazon.co.uk and the prices from Japan sellers that I found were no cheaper in total than they are at The Writing Desk. I've also seen information that Japan Post isn't currently working internationally.

    It is again working Internationally. As I posted elsewhere:
    Since rakuten international passed away everything has became more tricky. Basically there are 2 options: order from anywhere in Japan and use a forwarding service or order from some of the reliable merchants directly (I know at least 2 from my buying on rakuten, both are great).

    If you do not want to use a forwarding service I can recommend two stores who ship abroad (no affiliation, just a flawless experience):

    1)https://www.instagram.com/komamono_honpo/ - they are really superb, bought many times from them on rakuten international and off rakuten, you may contact them directly via instagram
    2) they run rakuten store https://www.rakuten.co.jp/wow/ their non-rakuten email is: officeoc.kana0320@gmail.com
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