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Sumi Ink

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We carry a variety of sumi inks from Japan. Our two most popular sumi inks are the Best Bottle Sumi Ink (I43) and the Moon Palace Sumi Ink (I70). Please read the product descriptions below for specifications on density, shine, and whether or not a particular ink is water-proof. We also carry other types of inks in the following categories:

Black Ink        Color Ink        Sumi Ink        Walnut Ink        White Ink        Acrylic Ink        Ink for Pointed Pen        Ink for Broad Edge        Waterproof Ink        Metallic & Iridescent Ink        Fountain Pen Safe Ink        Sample Size Inks        Ink Additives/Cleaners        Ink Sets


I70. Moon Palace Sumi Ink
Moon Palace Sumi
The Ink is now in a bottle with a Gold Label

While the packaging is a bit different , this is the highly sought after and highly recommended Japanese Sumi Ink. For both broad edge and pointed pen work. Dries waterproof. A great calligraphy ink.

"I like Moon Palace better, but both Moon Palace and Best Bottle are beautiful inks. The Moon Palace has a slight sheen to it, which I like. Michael suggested this ink to me so please tell him I said "thank you". I just finished a job of 200 invitations with Moon Palace and the ink is beautiful. I did not dilute the ink.
A client just brought me invitations (slick paper) to address. This bride knew going in to this that I probably couldn't do pointed pen. However, for fun, I tried the Sumi inks and to my surprise they worked pretty darn good. I usually have to use a sharpie on slick envelopes, yikes!!!"

--Clair F., Jan 2011.

Four sizes available:

2.0 oz $5.95 (widemouth plastic jar)
6.0 oz (180ml) $12.95

15oz (450ml) $19.95

60 oz bulk bottle.(1.8L).only $75.00.
You save $54.95. 10 six ounce bottles cost $129.95
Great for teachers, or buy and share the cost with a friend or two or three.



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I43. Best Bottle Sumi Ink
Best Bottle Sumi Ink

This new (to Western calligraphers) Japanese
sumi ink is good both for beginners and for professional work. Smooth, rich black. Hard to find. One of the popular sumi inks for calligraphy. 6.75 oz, 200 ml bottle.

"The Best Bottle Sumi Ink truly is the best bottle. You can write three to four times longer with a pointed pen nib before the ink dries between the tines enough to alter the writing (this compared to Moon Palace)." C. M.

My test for any ink is to see if it will produce sharp thick and thin strokes at less than one sixteenth inch body height with a #6 Mitchell nib. Stick ink passes that test while most bottled inks don't, especially waterproof inks including sumi ones. The brown bottle sumi [Best Bottle] is non-waterproof, and I find it is better than others. –S.W.



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I125. Moon Palace White Ink
I125. Moon Palace White Ink

Try this new white ink from Japan.

Dries opaque and waterproof. From the makers of Moon Palace Sumi ink.

2oz wide-mouth plastic bottle



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I126. Kuretake Sumi Ink
I126. Kuretake Sumi Ink.

Great for lettering. Rich, opaque black. Less odor than some other Sumi inks. Water-based pigment, waterproof when dry. 2oz (60ml).

Please note this item has increased in price since the printing of our 2014 catalog.



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I23. Bokuju Vermillion Ink
Bokuju Vermilion
2 oz.

A dense, opaque waterproof color that is easy to write with. In an orange plastic bottle.



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I22-2. Bokuju Sumi Ink Black (2oz.)
Bokuju Sumi
2oz.

A shiny, dense black ink. Very popular. Will eat your nibs. "Green Bottle Sumi." Fairly slow drying.



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I22-12. Bokuju Sumi Ink Black (12oz.)
Bokuju Sumi
12oz.

A shiny, dense black ink. Very popular. Will eat your nibs. "Green Bottle Sumi." Fairly slow drying.



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I39-2. Squarish Green 2oz Bottle Sumi Ink
Squarish Green Bottle Sumi
2oz.

A dense black waterproof sumi ink. More free flowing than Bokuju or Yasutomo Sumi but not quite as densely black. Similar to, but blacker than Higgins Eternal.



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I39-6. Squarish Green 6oz Bottle Sumi Ink
Squarish Green Bottle Sumi
6oz.

A dense black waterproof sumi ink. More free flowing than Bokuju or Yasutomo Sumi but not quite as densely black. Similar to, but blacker than Higgins Eternal.



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I39-12. Squarish Green 12oz Bottle Sumi Ink
Squarish Green Bottle Sumi
12oz.

A dense black waterproof sumi ink. More free flowing than Bokuju or Yasutomo Sumi but not quite as densely black. Similar to, but blacker than Higgins Eternal.



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