I’ve decided to start my journey on the explorations of ink with the wonderful Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-Gao. Pilot was founded almost a hundred years ago (99 to be exact) and they are definitely a key player in the pen industry. This ink is no joke. It is affordable, easy to purchase, and is such a powerful blue ink.
Iroshizuku roughly translates to “Color Dew” or “Color Droplet” and Asa-Gao translates to ‘Morning Glory”, as in the beautiful blue flower, and I truly believe Pilot has captured that magic in this ink. I’ve never really been a “Blue” kind of guy but when I wrote with this I was speechless.
Asa-gao is not waterproof by any means (as you can probably see from the image below where it is supposed to say “Water Proof”.. or doesn’t?) but it did surprisingly dry quickly. It is a saturated ink that varies from a light sky blue to a rich Blue depending on how much pressure you write with.
Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-Gao
Price: 15ml ~$13 50ml ~$25 jetpens, amazon
Retail: 50ml ~$35 pilotpen.us
This ink really is a great choice for someone just getting into fountain pens. The price is just right and can even be purchased in smaller to larger sizes. You absolutely cannot go wrong with this ink. I can’t wait to try some of the others in the Pilot Iroshizuku line.