Iroshizuku Syo-ro Review and Fountain Pen Day/JetPens Giveaway!

Iroshizuku Syo-ro

Iroshizuku Syo-ro and a JetPens giveaway! Happy Fountain Pen Day!

I want to thank JetPens for providing me with a bottle of Iroshizuku Syo-ro for this review and also sponsoring the giveaway for a new bottle of the same ink. Details are at the end of the review.

By now, Namiki (Pilot) inks have been in the US market for some time. Iroshizuku, for the benefit of newcomers, is a combination of two Japanese words. “Iro” meaning coloring and “Shizuku” meaning droplet. According to the Namiki web site, this “Embodies the very image of dripping water.”


Syo-ro does homage to its name. The ink color is supposed to represent the shade of green you would see when viewing a dew droplet reflecting pine needles. I do think the ink reflects on its name nicely. The shade of greenish blue when wet dries to a more dusty blue spruce pine green.

Iroshizuku inks are known for their deep color saturation and lubrication. Syo-ro is no exception. I noticed it especially in broader nibs. I used four pens for my ink testing that included a Waterman Harley Davidson V-Rod pen, Italix Parson’s Essential, Kaweco Art Sport and Lamy CP-1.

I wrote several letters with the ink (hopefully everyone has received them by now) to get a better feel for the ink. Overall, I like the color and there is some very slight shading but not anything to get excited over. This highly saturated ink does not disappoint in the sheen department. There is a definite red sheen visible at certain angles. Water resistance is almost non-existent. Just the blue component of the ink remains on the page after about one minute of water droplets sitting on the page. I blotted the water off the page. Please see the written portion of the review for scans of the water test.


If you like green ink or blue inks that lean green, you owe it to yourself to try Iroshizuku Syo-ro.

Thank you for reading,


The Fountain Pen Sith Lord




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17 thoughts on “Iroshizuku Syo-ro Review and Fountain Pen Day/JetPens Giveaway!

  1. Great review! Also, I learned something new! I haven’t tried much in that color range, I think Noodler’s Navy is my closest, but I would love to try more.

  2. Thanks KI for your usual meticulous review and classy photos.
    Syo-ro (Dew on the PineTree) is a very appealing colour in the blue-green range. Your review shows off its colours splendidly and the effect of different nib wides too.
    You demonstrate quite a startling change in colour after it has been affected by water.

  3. This is one of the Iroshizuku inks that passed under my radar. I like what I see and will give it a try. Thanks so much for the review.

  4. Thanks for the review! I hadn’t seen this color before, and I’d call it green more than I would blue, but it’s pretty. Would look great to sign holiday cards with, I think…kind of like a Christmas tree…

      1. But I find it interesting too that when you do the water test, the underlying color is kind of a turquoise blue…whatever color it actually is, it’s nice:)

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