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