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    Cool Tono and Lims Hiiragi ((柊 )

    This is my first pigment ink from this brand.
    According to Shigure inks website: Tono & Lims is a Japanese brand whose inks are a collaboration with South Korean ink producer, Lim's Lab.

    The inks are made in Korea.

    This is a pigment ink belonging to the Tono & Lims Fixation Line, for fountain pens.
    It comes in cute glass bottles, which is very appealing.
    31D6467B-B602-4DA4-853C-431AE1E3EB07_1_201_a.jpg

    The name of the ink (柊 Hiiragi) is only in Japanese.

    柊 (Hiiragi) from what I gleaned from google, is Osmanthus heterophyllus, or false Holly a lovely shrub with dark holly shaped leaves with fragrant flowers.

    Im guessing the colour corresponds to young shoots or a certain cultivar with yellowish green leaves.


    At my first try, I was ready to throw the ink down the drain. However, leaving the pens for a while, some feeds got happy (The Kanwrite Ebonite/ and the Jinhao 440)
    Ink is vaguely lubricated and depending on feed it can be wet. Like a blob of spinach juice
    Check the Chroma
    TOno and Lims Hiiragi - Chroma.jpeg

    I rarely have had so much frustration and cursing at an ink and Im very tolerant of naughty inks
    But then again, if any members like a challenge, with waterproof, pigment, unsaturated ink, go for it! (you know who you are )

    Writing samples
    I used a Pilot Kakuna Medium as a replacement for a European Fine nib and used the reverse to recreate the EF.

    Rhodia
    Rhdoia - T&L.jpg
    Midori
    Midori- T&L.jpg
    TR 68gr
    TR68gt - T&L.jpg
    Maruman
    Marumann- T&L.jpg
    It doesn't like cheap paper very much:
    Front
    Cheap Front T&L.jpg
    Back
    CHeap - back.jpg
    Pens used: Pilot Kakuna M/ /Jinhao 450 (medium)/ Kanwrite Ultra flex /TWSBI Go Stub
    Shading: None
    Ghosting: No
    Bleed through: No
    Flow Rate: Dry. But with time and the right feed, it becomes better. Not recommend for Ef/F nibs
    Lubrication: Nonexistent
    Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
    Start-up: RegularlyI would call it the runt of ink litter.
    Saturation: Pale, almost illegible. But with time and evaporation it becomes better.
    Shading Potential: See for yourself.
    Sheen: None
    Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not noticed
    Nib Creep / Crud: Yes.
    Staining (pen): I doubt it.
    Clogging: No. But flow is iffy.
    Water resistance: Excellent
    Availability: 1 oz/ 30 ml bottles

    Comments appreciated!

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    Default Re: Tono and Lims Hiiragi ((柊 )

    Blob of spinach! Love it!!

    Great review - I like the look of this very much.

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    Default Re: Tono and Lims Hiiragi ((柊 )

    I, too, found the "blob of spinach juice" bit smile-invoking! Thank you for enduring a frustrating ink to provide us with such a thorough review. I'm just dying (not) to try this out in my EF nib... I can't decide whether I like the color or not. The chroma, and darkest samples (stub on Rhodia and Maruman) look somewhat appealing, the rest, not so much...

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    Default Re: Tono and Lims Hiiragi ((柊 )

    Great review! Thank you for doing it Yazeh! I know, that with time, you will have this ink whipped into shape and we will likely see it some day in "guess the ink".

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    Default Re: Tono and Lims Hiiragi ((柊 )

    Thank you Yazeh for posting the review despite your frustration!
    From the packaging I would had expected a purple-grey ... how bad, I can't read Japanese.

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    Default Re: Tono and Lims Hiiragi ((柊 )

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Tono and Lims Hiiragi ((柊 )

    Thank you all for the kind remarks.
    @mizgeorge, it's a perfect in for Popeye
    @LizEf, the trick is to forget it in a pen for 48 hours. And write on super absorbent paper.
    @DrPenfection, it has been already been guessed by the one & only mizgeorge
    @InesF, I have a purple/black review (Kala Hematite) coming later on

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    Default Re: Tono and Lims Hiiragi ((柊 )

    I love murky greens, and yes, 'blob of spinach' is accurate, but reluctant to write? Naaaahhhh.

    Thanks, Yazeh. Your handwriting is pretty! ❤️
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

    And my other blog is a tumblr!

    My eBooks. Because why not.

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