Ink Review: Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku

Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku Goulet Ink Drop March 2015
Pen: Lamy Safari EF
Paper: Rhodia Dotpad 80gsm

The final color in this month's Goulet Ink Drop is Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku (peacock).  It is probably my second favorite in this group.  Iroshizuku inks aren't cheap, but they have a glowing reputation of being some of the most well-behaved inks out there.  Many folks I know say that it makes their pens feel smoother on the page.  They're generally well lubricated and are pH neutral making them great for archival.

Ku-Jaku is a nice blue-green teal color with moderate to high shading.  No feathering, bleedthrough or ghosting are present on my Rhodia pad.  The best part about this ink is the amazing red sheen you get with a wetter writing pen.  The only time I've seen a sheen like that is on a letter I received from Stephen Brown (SBREbrown) where he used Private Reserve Electric DC Blue.


Ku-Jaku is definitely a great ink with a lot of character.  Add it to your Iroshizuku collection for $28 at Goulet Pens.