Sailor Shikiori Yodaki ink

Sailor Shikiori Yodaki Ink Review & Giveaway!

Sailor Shikiori Yodaki Ink is one of 4 new Sailor Shikiori ink colors released earlier this year in the United States. The Shikori ink colors are part of Sailor’s Four Season line of inks. Most of Sailor’s Four Season ink colors fall under the Jentle ink series that come in different packaging, bottles, size and price. However, the new Shikiori bottle and price may become the new Sailor norm in the near future. Other Shikoiri ink colors are Yozakura, Shimoyo and Yonaga.

Sailor Shikiori Yodaki ink or “Summer Night Bonfire” is a nice shade of red that has medium saturation and other great characteristics Sailor is known for. Yodaki is a muted copper-red ink but has more red tones than similar inks, Diamine Ancient Copper, Monteverde Cooper Noir or Organics Studio Oscar’s Copper, which have more orange and brown tones. Sailor Shikiori Yodaki ink shows up dark enough on paper to be used as an every day ink color.

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Sailor Shikiori Yodaki Ink Reivew

Sailor Shikiori Yodaki Ink Reivew

We found the following traits during our review of Sailor Shikiori Yodaki ink that you may find useful:

Testing Factors

We used a J. Herbin glass spiral dip pen on French made Rhodia dot pad paper for our review of Sailor Shikiori Yodaki ink. The J. Herbin dip pen has a tip that would be similar to a fine fountain pen nib.

Bottle Sizes

Sailor Shikiori Yodaki ink is only available in Sailor’s new and smaller 20 ml. glass bottle. The bottle is a heavy weighted elegant bottle that displays very well. The new bottle has a new 10 sided large lid which is easy to grip and remove.


Sailor Shikiori Yodaki ink is more expensive than the regular Sailor Jentle Four Season ink colors at a US retail price of $15.00. The remaining Sailor Jentle inks are still available in the much larger 50 ml. glass bottle at a lower price per milliliter.

Dry Time

All of Sailor inks perform very well and Sailor Shikiori Yodaki ink is no exception. During our review of Sailor Shikiori Yodaki ink we found a dry time of approximately 6-7 seconds.

Bleed Through

During our review of Sailor Shikiori Yodaki ink we found no bleeding at all during normal use. Additionally, we found no bleeding even during the cotton swab test.


We found no feathering during our review of Sailor Shikiori Yodaki ink. All lines were clean, clear and distinct. Even during the water test, even though there is color smearing, there is no significant additional feathering experienced.

Water Test

We conducted a water test, where we ran a wet cotton swab over an ink sample that has dried for about 3 minutes. The results were no additional bleeding, very little additional feathering and some significant color smearing (which is typical for non-waterproof ink). Overall, Sailor Shikiori Yodaki ink held up quite well under the water test.


Sailor Shikiori Yodaki ink will produce some nice shading when properly used. From dark red to a coppery red to a light red color the shading possibilities are very available. Additionally, the wetter lines may also produce a green-gold sheen.

Conclusion about the Sailor Shikiori Yodaki ink

Sailor Shikiori Yodaki ink is a great new Four Season’s color produced by Sailor. Sailor inks in general are known for their easy flow, cleaning, dry times and other characteristics which make them one of the most loved ink brands on the market today. The new Sailor Shikiori packaging, and bottle size along with its new price may take some time getting used to. The red color is muted rather than vibrant, but shows dark on paper and would be perfect as a home or office red ink. Happy writing with this Summer Night Bonfire from Japan!

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42 thoughts on “Sailor Shikiori Yodaki Ink Review & Giveaway!

  1. Joshua Elman

    I’d like to see this side by side with Sailor Oku-yama. I like red inks, but not so much when it’s overpowered by brown components in the ink.

  2. conib

    If you could do a water test that emulated an “oops, I dropped it into a puddle” (put a writing sample into a dish of water, say) and/or an “oops, it got rained on but I blotted it up” that would be great.

  3. Jennifer McLean

    I’d love to see comparisons of THE most unusual inks for fountain pens, the ones that separate and bloom into several colors. That would be awesome so I’d know which to choose. AND tell us how to make that separation and blooming happen.

  4. Patrick E. Tinney

    I have yet to find a red I can write with as a primary color. Most of my red are for underlining and corrections.

  5. Ged Alangui

    Lovely red shade and as always, great review. . So far I only have one red ink, a Pelikan Brilliant Red which I contaminated with an unrinsed syringe. It’s purplish now. Thanks for a chance at this Sailor ink.

  6. Erik

    Looks like a really nice red. Red inks are a bit hard, I must say. Currently using Lamy Red, but not sold on it.


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