Hello from quite a cold day in Istanbul!
Today we have our hands on Pilot Iroshizuku’s relatively less-known blue ink Asa-Gao. I don’t know why, among other blue inks like Kon-Peki and Ama-Iro, Asa-Gao is not very popular. However, I think, it is a great blue ink proper for daily/office use and a great vibrant tone of blue.
Writing sample above was written with my Pelikan M200 Cognac italic which is as monster as an Hummer car. Although it is a very wet pen, also thanks to the paper, there is almost no feathering on the paper as you can see. And also there is some nice shading.
This writing sample was written by a broad nibbed Parker 51 and you can also see the vibrant, nice blue color in this sample too. After the faded, washed away color of Pelikan 4001 or old Sheaffer’s or Parker Washable Blue, Asa-Gao gives me the joy and pleases me as a blue ink.
The only problem with this problem-free ink is that it is not getting along well with the water.
If you are looking for a daily blue with easy maintenance which won’t cause problem with your pens I think Iroshizuku Asa-Gao might be the blue ink you are looking for.
By the way; here is my other Iroshizuku ink reviews:
Do you like blue inks?