Tuesday, August 12, 2014

THIS OR THAT: Yama-dori or Ku-jaku

This or that? Top or bottom?  Which do you love?

Can you see the differences between these two inks?  One color is always on top. The other is always on the bottom.

Let's take a closer look . . .

One of these is Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-jaku.  The other is Sailor Jentle Yama-dori.

Color is quite similar.

I see a definite difference here.

Not much difference here.

Which ink is this?  Hint:  it's both!

Alrighty, which do you like? Both? Neither?  They are pretty close, yes? I would choose the top color - but not by much. It's the shading that made the difference for me. I think I could be happy with either (even though teal isn't my most favorite color).

Scroll down for the spoiler . . .

The top shade is Sailor Jentle Yama-dori. 
The bottom is Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-jaku.   

What is so interesting to me about this is that Yama-dori is legendary. Ku-jaku gets favorable reviews, but it's not a Big Deal. The differences are subtle and if they weren't side-by-side, I wonder if you or I could tell them apart.

Like I said yesterday, Yama-dori is my E.T. ink. You can read all about that right here.

What do you think? Am I crazy and there's a huge difference that I'm not appreciating here?


  1. I guessed right!
    It seems Ku-jaku is infinitesimally bluer than Yama-Dori. Between these two I prefer Ku-jaku. Plus Ku-jaku is more interesting, that is when it's first written on the paper, it's blue, and it'll soon change to a greener colour which is the final colour. In fact I prefer its bluer colour when it's put down on paper before the colour change.

    1. I'm going to need to pay more attention to that color change you mention. I'm not sure I've noticed it. Thank you!

  2. The sheen and shading give the spoiler. I was right about spotting Yama-dori. Those are the details which makes our day :)

    1. Yes, I can see the difference. I think that when Yama-dori was so difficult to get that Ku-jaku would have made a wonderful substitution. Both are now readily available. Good times for ink lovers!

  3. And this is why I bought Yama-dori.... I couldn't even tell the difference! Thanks for the comparison!