Sailor Shikiori Four Seasons Yonaga Long Autumn Evening Ink Bottle

Sailor Shikiori Yonaga ink

Sailor Shikiori Yonaga Ink is one of the 4 new Shikiori ink colors released by the Sailor pen company this year. Other Shikoiri colors include Yodaki, Shimoyo and Yozakura. Part of Sailor’s Four Season line of ink, the Shikoiri ink colors come in a new smaller bottle design than the original Sailor Jentle Four Seasons ink. However, if the rumors hold true, Sailor may be changing all of their inks to the new Sailor Shikiori packaging, size and price point.

Sailor Shikiori Yonaga ink (Long Autumn Evening) has a nice saturation level as a water-based dye ink and has been well regarded. It is a deep dark blue color, almost a blue-black. The darker tones come out in the heavy flow spots. The dark blue is combined with the dark purple sheen, which is apparent as well at times. Yonaga ink writes dark and would be well regarded in most settings, home or office.

Continuing reading for a chance to win the bottle of Sailor Shikiori Yonaga Ink we used for this review.

Sailor Shikiori Yonaga ink

Sailor Shikiori Yonaga ink

During our review of Sailor Shikiori Yonaga ink we found the following characteristics that you may find useful:

Testing Factors

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

Bottle Sizes

One of the main changes with the new Four Season’s Sailor Shikiori ink line is the new Sailor 20 ml. glass bottle. The bottle itself is fantastic. Designed like a small inkwell with an easy to grip large lid. The transparent bottle is heavy weighted and display worthy.


With the new smaller bottle, Sailor has increased the price of the Four Season inks per milliliter and the new Sailor Shikiori Yonaga ink retails for $15.00 per 20 ml. bottle. The original Four Season Sailor ink colors are still available in the larger 50 ml. glass bottles for a reduced price per milliliter.

Dry Time

Sailor inks have been well regarded in the ink and pen community for their nice flow, easy to clean and use, and fantastic colors. Being a high saturated ink, we found a dry time while testing Sailor Shikiori Yonaga ink at approximately 9-10 seconds, which is a bit longer than most Sailor inks.

Bleed Through

As with most other Sailor inks, Sailor Shikiori Yonaga ink performs superbly in the no bleeding department, at least on Rhodia paper. We found zero bleeding during our review of Sailor Shikiori Yonaga ink. Even during the cotton swab ink test, where an ink soaked cotton swab is placed on paper failed to produce any bleeding.


During normal use, we found no ink feathering while testing Sailor Shikiori Yonaga ink. All lines remained true, crisp and distinct. Even during the water test there was only slight feathering and the lines remained pretty true.

Water Test

During the water test we ran a water soaked cotton swab over a dried ink sample and found typical results for a non-waterproof ink. There was significant color smearing due to the dark color, but very little feathering and no additional bleeding. This non-waterproof ink held up fairly well under the water test.


Sailor Shikiori Yonaga ink goes on dark with a medium saturation, which means that there may be less room for shading. You may be able to produce some shading with from medium blue to the dark wet lines with a possible touch of deep purple sheen.

Conclusion about the Sailor Shikiori Yonaga ink

Sailor Shikiori Yonaga ink is a nice dark blue or blue-black addition to the Sailor Four Season line of inks. The new bottle is fantastic although the size and shape is not as appealing as the regular 50 ml. bottles, but we probably just need to get used to this new size. The dry time is a little long due to the dark saturation of this ink, but still usable as an every day ink. Because it is a Sailor ink you know it will perform well.

Stay tuned to our Blog for additional news about the remaining Sailor Four Season inks and what may lie in store for them. Happy Writing from Japan!

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Mark Nelson
5 years ago

Usually not the biggest fan of blue ink but this one looks very nice and it’s Sailor.

Geof Dunn
5 years ago

I love Sailor inks and would really appreciate a bottle of this one. Thanks so much for the opportunity!!!

Amy R
5 years ago

What a beautiful deep blue color!

Bob Kallotte
5 years ago

Nice shade of blue. Normally I do not use blue inks.

5 years ago

I love this line of ink!!

Andrew Mulnix
5 years ago

This ink looks nice. I love blues. I would like to add a sailor ink to my collection soon!

matthew fitzgerald
5 years ago

I would like to see the purple sheen on this ink.

Emily jensen
5 years ago

What a beautiful deep blue!

5 years ago

These new Sailor inks look very interesting!

Sara Hagen
5 years ago

Yonaga looks like a nice dark blue ink. I’d like to win it.

5 years ago

Oh, new ink!

Seth Kazarians
5 years ago

Some more Sailor ink reviews would be great!

5 years ago

Such a lovely deep blue

Ethan Ball
5 years ago

Nice ink, too bad about the new prices.

Scott DiGello
5 years ago

The Colorverse 2018 LE Voyager 1 Set would be a great review.

5 years ago

This is a beautiful blue!

Michael Solinas
5 years ago

Very nice deep blue!

Stu LeBeau
5 years ago

Great shade and a welcome addition to the Four Seasons lineup!

5 years ago

Loving these new colors… and the bottles are darling!

5 years ago

I love deep, dark inks. This would be a great addition.

5 years ago

Another beautiful color I need to try

Ged Alangui
5 years ago

Nice. I like square bottles.

Patrick E. Tinney
5 years ago

I love my Oku-Yama, so I know this will be a great ink. I will miss the beautiful bottle, but I will see how I like the new bottle. At least it will be easier to maintain fresh ink if the bottle is smaller.

5 years ago

I love how deep the color is.

5 years ago

I’m glad Sailor is ditching their terrible old squat bottles, but the blatant cash grab with these new ink bottles is gross.

5 years ago

I just want to win this ink!

5 years ago

I love these reviews of Sailor inks.

Alek N.
5 years ago

I like it. Although it could be a bit more water resistant, but I would be glad to use it.

5 years ago

This Sailor blue is gorgeous!

Natalie C.
5 years ago

I like this shade of blue

5 years ago

I LOVE Sailor ink! I have three bottles and wish I had a dozen. Too bad the price is going up, but it’s a lovely bottle. Truth is, I really don’t need 50ml bottles at all.

5 years ago

Sailor inks are always so nice. Interested to see how much more convenient the new bottles are; old ones looked nice but were more difficult to use.

5 years ago

More IG inks please 🙂
And my favs are Pelikan 4001 blue (everyday ink), MB Permanent Blue (permanent :p) and Apache Sunset. And schaeffer red. And…

Joshua Montanez`
5 years ago

My favorite ink at the moment is Diamine Golden Ivy (or maybe Golden Oasis)

5 years ago

I would love some KWZ reviews. I think my favorite ink (today, it’s ever changing!) is KWZ honey, but there are so many, and reviews are a great way of highlighting colors I might not have noticed yet.

Roy c
5 years ago

Looks like a really nice blue, would be my first sailor.

Douglas Stieber
5 years ago

Looks like a nice color!

Eric Unger
5 years ago

There’s something about this ink that really draws your attention!