100th Anniversary Pilot Ebisu Ink Bottle

Pen Chalet Ink Review & Giveaway: 100th Anniversary Pilot Ebisu Ink

Pilot 100th Anniversary Ink commemorated the Pilot Namiki 100th anniversary in 2018. To celebrate the massive milestone, the company released a series of seven Maki-e fountain pens each representing one of the seven Gods of Good Fortune. Along with the Maki-e pens, Pilot released a set of seven complimentary, limited edition ink colors representing the same seven Gods of Good Fortune. Pilot’s 100th Anniversary inks are created under the Iroshizuku platform using the popular Iroshizuku bottle and packaging without the “Iroshizuku” branding.

The 100th Anniversary Pilot Ebisu ink is a light blue color that represents Ebisu. Traditionally known as the God of plentiful fishing, Ebisu is now considered the God of happiness and prosperity. Pilot 100th Anniversary Ebisu ink is a light blue turquoise color reminiscent of a sparkling sea where fishing is bountiful. The blue color is light and vibrant and is a great ink choice for specific projects, letters, notes, or other ventures requiring a vibrant turquoise ink. The other six Pilot 100th Anniversary colors include yellow, black-green, coral pink, red, green and purple. All seven of the inks in the Pilot 100th Anniversary line represent a different Japanese God of Good Fortune.

Continue reading for a chance to win the bottle of 100th Anniversary Pilot Ebisu ink we used for this review.

100th Anniversary Pilot Ebisu Ink Review

100th Anniversary Pilot Ebisu Ink Review

During our review of Pilot 100th Anniversary Ebisu ink, we found the following traits that you may find helpful when choosing your next ink color:

Testing Factors

For our 100th Anniversary Pilot Ebisu ink review, we used a French-made J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen on Rhodia dot pad paper. Please note that different pens and paper may produce different results.

Bottle Sizes

Pilot Ebisu ink comes in the distinctive Iroshizuku ink-well 50 ml. glass bottle, which is one of the best ink display bottles currently on the market. The glass bottle is heavily weighted with a well-designed internal ink well that allows users to gather up the last few drops of ink with their fountain pen. The lid is large and faceted, which makes it pretty easy to open and close.


Pilot 100th Anniversary Ebisu ink retails for $30.00 in the US but is available for less at Pen Chalet. This is a little more expensive than standard Pilot Iroshizuku inks, but since this is a limited edition ink and one of the first new “Iroshizuku” ink colors released in years, it seems well worth the additional cost.

Dry Time

During Pen Chalet’s Pilot Ebisu ink review, we found a very fast dry time of approximately 4-5 seconds. The fast dry time makes Ebisu an everyday ink option. Pilot Ebisu ink has a nice saturation and wetness, making the dry time even more remarkable.

Bleed Through

We found absolutely no bleeding during our review of Pilot Ebisu ink, even during our cotton swab test.


During normal use, we experienced no feathering using the glass dip pen on Rhodia dot pad paper. Even during our water test we saw almost zero additional feathering, which is quite unusual for a non-waterproof ink.

Water Test

We conducted a water test during our review of Pilot Ebisu ink. During this test, we let an ink sample dry for about 3 minutes. Our results were very light color smearing and almost no additional feathering or line distortion. Although Pilot 100th Anniversary Ebisu ink is not waterproof ink, it held up almost as if it were.


Pilot Ebisu ink seemed to have some nice shading possibilities. From a deep turquoise blue to a lighter dusty shade of light blue, Pilot Ebisu ink will produce some shading depending on penmanship and which writing instrument is used.

Conclusions about Pilot 100th Anniversary Ebisu ink

Pilot Ebisu ink is a fun shade of light blue reminiscent of a sparkling calm sea representing good fortune. All the characteristics of this 100th Anniversary ink are fantastic from its dry time and shading to its Iroshizuku bottle and packaging. The ink is a little more expensive than regular Pilot Iroshizuku ink but will not be around for long as it is a limited edition release. For exceptional good fortune, pick up all seven colors! Happy Writing (and Anniversary) from Japan!

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Alysha Balch
4 years ago

This ink makes me want to go to the beach

Steven G
4 years ago

This looks cool! The standard Iroshizuku line has some of the best behaving/performing, easy-to-clean inks I’ve ever used – and the colors are so vibrant too… I’m really looking forward to trying these 100th anniversary inks as well!

Aaron McVicker
4 years ago

Is this the worlds wettest turquoise?

Stephanie S.
4 years ago

How gorgeous! I just love a pure clear turquoise ink! My current favorite ink is Noodler’s Rome Burning… quite different from this beauty, but I have room in my heart for many favorite inks 🙂

Julio Mazariegos
4 years ago

I would like to see organic studios inks.
Thanks for the review and giveaway

Andrew Mulnix
4 years ago

I’d love to win this special ink.

4 years ago

Beautiful color!

Ashutosh Thakur
4 years ago

It would be awesome to win this LE ink

Roy c
4 years ago

That is a beautiful light blue ink

Mobin Ul Haque
4 years ago

Beautiful color.

Jean M. Hara
4 years ago

Now Ebisu. Before,asa gao,kon peki and tsuyu kusa…its amazing how Pilot can produce the best blue inks in the market…

Laurie Lafond
4 years ago

Such a beautiful color.

Mike Solinas
4 years ago

Very nice, bright blue!

4 years ago

Current favorite ink is Diamine Night Sky. I would like to see more reviews on shimmering / sheening inks. Thank you!

4 years ago

A very lovely ink.

Eugen Lang
4 years ago

That’s a beautiful light blue, so refreshing and rich. This would match perfect with my ordered custom 743 <3 I love it

Geoffrey Dunn
4 years ago

Nice bright blue! A great addition to the lineup!

Ron Parish
4 years ago

The Pilot Ebisu Ink absolutely beautiful. When will you kindly review some of the old standby inks such as Waterman, Parker and Sheaffer? Thanks.

4 years ago

This is a beautiful blue for sure. It reminds me of March’s birthstone.

Sara Hagen
4 years ago

This ink is gorgeous! It reminds me of Lamy Pacific, another turquoise, except it’s slightly lighter.

4 years ago

I’d love to see a review of the other Pilot Anniversary inks!

Gini Cooper
4 years ago

I’d love to see the Monteverde sweets inks reviewed, especially comparisons to similar colors. Thanks!

Nicholas Blackwell
4 years ago

Love this one!

Ron Parish
4 years ago

This is a beautiful ink I would enjoy using very much. Will you review some of the old standby inks such as offerings from Waterman, Sheaffer and Parker?

Nya Hue
4 years ago

Awesome looking ink and bottle, thanks for the giveaway!

Sharon A.
4 years ago

A nice blue. I would like to see reviews of the VInta Inks.

Emily j
4 years ago

What a great blue!

4 years ago

It’s so turquoise! I love the shading potential. More shading reviews are always good.

Sonny T
4 years ago

Whoa, cool. This would be awesome. Would be interesting to see this next to Kon-Peki.

Favorite ink right now would have to be Momiji, for the Autumn season.

It would be great to see reviews of the new Sailor Manyo line once they arrive!

4 years ago

Baystate 😉

matthew fitzgerald
4 years ago

Gorgeous blue.

Cheryl S Gebhart
4 years ago


Cheryl S Gebhart
4 years ago

I have too many favorite inks to list them all, but one of my favorites is Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-jaku.

The Hardcore Dilettante
4 years ago

Please review some of the new Sailor flower inks!

Colton H.
4 years ago

I knew about the Maki-e pens, but I didn’t know they had accompanying inks too! Nearly everyone into fountain pens loves the Iroshizuku inks, and this anniversary blue really does embody prosperity. The shading qualities look great (anyone else notice the faint green?). It’s nice to see more Japanese and Korean ink reviews. Is there any chance of coverage for the Kyoto TAG lines, too? I’d really like to see some of them demoed sometime.

John Stein
4 years ago

I love this ink! I’d love to see more Iroshizuku reviews.

Julie Hendrickson
4 years ago

Love that blue!!!

Rhonda Wise
4 years ago

Pretty ink, it reminds me of some of the late summer skies we had this year

Jeffrey B
4 years ago

Awesome blue color; definitely need to do a beach trip sometime soon seeing that shade.

Margot C
4 years ago

Lately, I love all sailor Inks. The Miruai is my current favorite.

4 years ago

Gorgeous shade

Heather Burke
4 years ago

Just beuatiful

Michael S. Simon
4 years ago

My favorite ink is Akkerman #5, Shocking ing Blue

Kyle Knight
4 years ago

The ebisu really is a lovely color. Pilot iroshizuku inks are all excellent but the blues tend to be darker, so a nice lighter blue is a welcome change.