Ink Review: Iroshizuku Kon-Peki

Whoa.  As of last night I thought today might be the day that I missed my blogging schedule for the first time since this blog has been live.  Due to a series of cascading airline delays, I staggered in at 1 a.m. last night after nearly 12 straight hours in Boston Logan Airport.  (I did get a chance to visit the famed Bromfield Pen Shop, albeit briefly, though my schedule and DC Pen Show induced discipline prevented me from buying anything).  So today, I offer you an ink review that I've had in the can for a while but haven't posted simply because I think this ink has been reviewed to death and I've never been quite able to make myself love it.

Everyone's favorite Iroshizuku--except mine.

Honestly, though, I know why other people love this ink, and it's for the same reasons that I haven't sold the bottle.  It's got a Baystate Blue-style pop to it with none of the headache.  Like all Iroshizuku inks, Kon-Peki is well behaved and cleans out of pens easily.  But I'm not a blue ink kind of guy.  I mean, I like blue ink, and sometimes I have to use it for work, but I'd rather use a blue-black or a turquoise.  If I do have to use a blue ink, more often than not it's this one, which people term "cerulean."  This review was written with an Omas Ogiva ground by Mike Masuyama to a Japanese medium.  (I asked him to copy the nib width on my Nakaya portable writer, which is perfect for me). 

Please ignore the smudging of Sailor Apricot on the paper.  I'm too tired to redo this or touch it up. 

In a wetter nib, there's some shading as well as a bit of reddish sheen, which some people like. 

Again, apologies for the transfer of Apricot that was on my hand. 

Be prepared for next week, as the Gentleman Stationer goes to the DC Pen Show!