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;


*Picture taken from their website

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


*Picture taken from their website

The ink I will be reviewing today is Fuyugare.

Here is the bottle…


Close  up of the box…


And the cap…


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…


Here is a close up of the writing…


Here it is on Original Crown Mill white card…


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…


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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