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Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-rin

Pilot’s Iroshizuku Chiku-rin is a light green ink in the company’s luxury collection of inks. Despite being a high-end Iroshizuku ink, Pilot has maintained reasonable prices throughout this line.

Chiku-rin is a light green ink that is reminiscent of a bamboo forest or freshly grown grass. It’s a great, natural color that isn’t too dark but still manages to stand out on a white page. While not technically a quick-drying ink, it does have very good dry times. Chiku-rin is some shading when applied heavily and no sheen.

This ink is sold on its own as well as in a 3-color set alongside Iroshizuku Shin-Ryoku and Iroshizuku Syo-Ro.

It’s generally sold in 50 ml bottles or 15 ml sampler sets.

Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-rin Ink Review

Chiku-rin is an excellent fountain pen ink. Like the rest of the Iroshizuku line, it has a good price ($20 for 50 ml), but more importantly it is a reliable ink that is extremely well-behaved. It works great in every pen we’ve tested, it has a great flow, and the color is quite nice.

Chiku-rin is a little light for day-to-day use and probably isn’t appropriate for office and professional use, but it’s great for journals and note-taking.

If you want a slightly darker green then Pilot’s Shin-Ryoku is the way to go. It has similar qualities but a deeper color — it’s deep green as opposed to Chiku-rin’s yellow green.

When testing this out with a range of papers — Midori, Tomoe River, Clairefontaine, etc. — the ink had no bleed through or feathering and always dried quickly. Dry times below 10 seconds are typical with this ink, though this will of course vary with your paper.

While this isn’t the most practical of the Iroshizuku inks, mainly due to the light color and the difficulty some people have in reading a green instead of a blue or black, this is still an excellent ink and a nice change of pace from the standard set of colors most of us use.

Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-rin Information

Street Price Check Price
Manufacturer Pilot
Ink Color Green
Secondary ColorYellow
Bottle Size 50 ml
Waterproof No
Archival No
Quick-drying Yes
Tamper-proof No
Fluorescent No
Lubricated No
Cartridge No
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