Pen & Message: Fuyugare

Pen & Message is a stationary store based in Kobe, Japan.  They sell some highly sought after inks including the holy grail Cigar; a colour-shifting, sheening ink like no other (apart from Sailor’s Four Seasons Rikkyu-Cha that you can purchase very easily and for a fraction of the price).  Despite the recent reissue of Rikkyu-ChaCigar is still regarded as the No.1 ink by many- the ink of all inks.  Plus since Cigar comes from Pen & Message it you get it in the cool diamond shape bottle- perfect for those with humoungous nibbed- fountain pens.

Because of the worldwide popularity of Pen Pen & Message inks, you cannot purchase them directly on-line unless you live in Japan.  So if you cannot buy them in person at their store you would have to use a forwarding service such as White Rabbit Express, which is how I got them.  Be aware they are currently limiting ink purchases to 1 colour/person.  I bought 1 each of the 8 piece set as follows;

  1. Cigar (Brown)
  2. Old Burgundy (Burgundy)
  3. Quadrifoglio (Green)
  4. Vintage Denim (Blue)
  5. Saku (Blue)
  6. Sanyasou (purple)
  7. Suyuurushi (red urushi)
  8. Fuyugare (grey)

Here is a pic of the Pen & Message inks;

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*Picture taken from their website

Three of the inks were made in collaboration with Writing Lab namely; Quadrifoglio, Vintage Denim and Old Burgundy;

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*Picture taken from their website

The ink I will be reviewing today is Fuyugare.

Here is the bottle…

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Close  up of the box…

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And the cap…

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Here is a writing sample on Hobonichi TR paper using Omas Cinema with Fine 18ct gold nib- this nib really is a joy to use, generous flow with just a hint of feedback…

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Here is a close up of the writing…

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Here it is on Original Crown Mill white card…

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And a much wetter sample below in comparison with some other greys which are nothing like Fuyugare :\

…I have some Bungubox Melancholic Grey and Noodlers Lexington grey which are more similar to Fuyugare- will do some samples and post up later…

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On this full page of Fuyugare on Hobonichi Techo TR paper there is some definite bronze sheen (is it bronze or copper…trying to think of a shiny brown metal or mineral);

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