Ink and Pen Notes: KarasKustoms Ink Broad Nib with Iroshizuku Yu-yake

KarasKustoms Ink broad nib with Iroshizuku Yu-Yake - pen and bottle
KarasKustoms Ink broad nib with Iroshizuku Yu-Yake - feed

Another broad nib bites the dust, or more accurately gets flushed out. This particular KarasKustoms Ink is one of the more recent arrivals so it was inked up to give it a try. I got the broad nib to be complete and have some variety. Since I have five Inks I decided to include a broad nib even though they really aren’t for me.
Unlike the other KarasKustoms Inks (which are fine and medium nibs) the feed on this one is slightly misaligned as can be seen in the photo. This didn’t affect it’s writing and I didn’t notice it until the photos were taken. Although if properly aligned the pen might be even wetter.
It’s a Schmidt nib so it’s a western broad nib, wider than my recently reviewed Sailor broad nib.
I flushed the pen early, it wasn’t even close to written dry. The broad nib doesn’t fit my writing style. And while I could use the Sailor broad nib enough to empty the pen and write a review this broad nib is just too wet and wide for me. I reviewed the KarasKustoms Ink here, although I didn’t have the broad nib at the time. I really like the Ink, which is obvious from the review, so I’ll probably get this nib ground into something with a little more character, although it may be awhile before that happens.
I like the Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-yake ink. Like all Iroshizuku inks it’s well behaved and I really like the orange color. Unfortunately for me, it really needs a wide or wet nib to shine, and those are nibs I tend to avoid.
I inked the pen up back on December 9th. There was still plenty of ink in the converter. Considering how much ink the nib puts down it just goes to show how little I used the pen.

4 thoughts on “Ink and Pen Notes: KarasKustoms Ink Broad Nib with Iroshizuku Yu-yake

  1. That is one gorgeous pen. I’d be so tempted to pick one up (with a Fine nib), except the machined pens are so heavy they seriously strain my hand, although I never have problems with strain when using regular pens, even for long writing sessions.

    • Hi Olivia,
      It is a heavy, at 26g with the aluminum section and the barrel only. That compares to the 16g F-C Model 19, another big pen. I thought that would bother me, which is why I started with the cheapest Kickstarter pledge that I could. It’s a personal thing, but I find the size and weight keep me from gripping tightly, which I have a tendency to do, so I don’t get tired. And I definitely prefer the fine nib too.
      Thanks for reading,

  2. I love the Iroshizuku Yu-yake color. I have only viewed the posts about it. I want to get a sample to see it in person someday soon. I am not sure about the karaskustoms pens. I do not prefer a heavy pen.

    • I like the color a lot. Unfortunately it seems to do better in wider or wetter nibs, which is pretty much what I don’t like in a nib. If you don’t like heavy pens you won’t like the Ink, although I looks heavier than it feels, especially with the aluminum section, and if you don’t post it. But that doesn’t mean it’s as light as a Lamy Safari.

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