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Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji Ink Review & Giveaway!

Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku inks are well know in the industry for producing high quality inks that dry well, have nice lubrication and high saturation qualities. Iroshizuku ink is also known for its high price, making it one of the few “luxury” inks on the market today. Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink is no exception for having all the qualities that people have come to expect from Iroshizuku ink.

Although, Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink is not a true red of what people expect from a “fire engine red” or “cherry red”, but is a lighter red ink with pink hues and tint to the color. The Momiji ink is a nice satisfying red fountain pen ink. It writes dark and saturates well, creating a red color on the paper. However, when the ink is applied lightly you will see the pink come out. During the water test, the color distortion and smearing is pink in color.

Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink is just one of many colors Pilot Pen Company has produced which presents the beauty of Japan’s nature. Momiji means “autumn” or “autumn leaves” in Japanese.

Continuing reading for a chance to win the bottle of Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink we used for this review.

Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink

Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink

We found the following traits while reviewing Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink, which you may find useful:

Testing Factors

We used a J. Herbin glass dip pen with a fine tip on Rhodia Bloc paper for this ink review.

Bottle Sizes

Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink has a luxury bottle to go with this luxury ink. This 50 ml. bottle is fantastic, probably the best in the industry and serves as an inkwell for display on a shelf or desk. Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink is also one of the few Iroshizuku inks that come in the smaller 15 ml. Namiki Iroshizuku 3 bottle ink set. The other two ink colors that come with Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink in the 3 bottle set are Kon-Peki and Yu-Yake.


Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink is on the expensive end and at the top of the ink market in price. The high quality 50 ml. glass bottle retails for $35.00 and is available at Pen Chalet for $28.00. The smaller 3 ink set of 15 ml. glass bottles retail for $40.00 but is available at Pen Chalet for $32.00. These prices put Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink in the luxury ink category along with Pelikan Edelstein ink and Caran d’Ache bottle ink.

Dry Time

Using a glass dip pen on Rhodia paper we experienced a dry time of approximately 5-6 seconds, although there was very little residue remaining after 3 seconds. With a larger nib, you may experience a longer dry time, but still within the reasonable range for everyday use.

Bleed Through

Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink produced no bleeding at all, even during the cotton swab test.


With Rhodia paper, there is no feathering at all with Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink and the lines are distinct and crisp.

Water Test

Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink is not water proof or water resistant. During our water test where we run a soaking wet cotton swab over an ink sample, the color smeared, the wettest lines distorted and feathered.


Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink has some shading ability and characteristics when used with the right nib and pen strokes. This ink can produce a darker red line along with a lighter shade of red-pink.

Conclusion about the Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji Ink

Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink is a nice color if you are looking for a unique red. If you love Iroshizuku inks, you will love this red color and its characteristics, quick drying, easy flow and nice saturation. Yes, it’s on the expensive side, but is discounted at Pen Chalet, making it more affordable. Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink is a perfect red lover ink for journal writing, notes, and letters.

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Ramblings from Canada
6 years ago

I love Pilot Iroshizuku inks – definitely up there in my favs! Tsutsuji, Kosumosu, Yama-budo and Momiji are my very favs in the lineup 🙂 All very beautiful, expressive colours.

Eric Aycock
6 years ago

That is a perfect red/pink combo.

6 years ago

I love Pilot Iroshizuku inks! They are quite pricey, but worth it because they really are so well behaved in every single pen I’ve ever tried them in. The sheen and shade I get in Yama Budo make writing such a joy, especially when flexing. And the shading in Chiku-rin just makes my heart sing! Yes, totally a Iroshizuku fangirl. Been eyeing up Momiji for a while now, and the pinkish red is a beautiful springtime petal color in my mind. I’ve got to grab a bottle.

Jack Linos
6 years ago

I love all the Iroshizuku inks, but Momiji is one I’ve only had a sample of and I went through that quickly. If I don’t win the drawing, which I usually don’t, it’s time for a bottle!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Logan S
6 years ago

I recently got a bottle of the yu-yake and have sampled the kon-peki. Both are great to use and provide a nice brilliant color.

Chaney Tse
6 years ago

I don’t have this particular ink, but Iroshizuku inks have certainly been well-behaved and well-colored for me in the past. This color would be a nice addition.

Andrew Mulnix
6 years ago

I’ve been wanting to try one of Pilot’s inks.

6 years ago

This one has been on my wish list for a long time!

6 years ago

I LOVE Iroshizuku inks! This is one of the few I don’t yet have a sample of, but it has been on my wish list for a while now.

6 years ago

Love the Yama budo and Syo ro inks. Beautiful bottles too!

Grace K
6 years ago

I have a bottle of yama-budo which I love, but definitely want to try some more iroshizuku inks!

Bob Benedict
6 years ago

I love the Turquoise!