[Three by Five] 10. Pilot Iroshizuku Chikurin Bamboo Forest Ink

What $100 purchase in the past 6 months has positively impacted your life?* A bottle of Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-rin Bamboo Forest green ink.

I’ve used green ink in my Lamy 2000 on-off over the years but I’d never tried one of Pilot’s.

Over the years I’ve used inks from Lamy, Mount Blanc, Parker, Pelikan, and Waterman.

Often, I buy based on the bottle – I’m a sucker for good packaging.

But most of the greens I had used were dark kelly greens.

I’d settled into using Noodler’s blacks and blues for several years, but the last bottle of Air-Corp Blue-Black was disappointing. Not the ink itself – the color.

Neither blue nor black. It wasn’t dark enough.

So, I started looking for green ink.

I don’t remember where I first saw that Bamboo Green, but again, I was smitten by the beautiful bottle and the bamboo imagery.

I ordered a bottle on Amazon. It cost $17.99.

The experience starts the moment you open the box. The bottle is beautiful and there’s a thin grey string tied around the neck. It’s a little detail but part of the experience.

I filled my Lamy and started writing, I realized this was very special ink. It flows perfectly and is very luxurious.

The color is a lighter yellow-green. A color that reminds me of sunlight flowing through fresh bamboo leaves.

Though $17.99 might seem like a ridiculous amount to spend on a bottle of ink, every time I write a line with this ink, I smile a bit.

Isn’t that what it’s all about?

I will be buying Pilot inks again in the future.

[*This is one of Tim Ferriss’ 17 Questions]

This is my tenth 3×5. Let me know what you think in the comments.