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:
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 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 $129.50.
Great for teachers, or buy and share the cost with a friend or two or three.
This popular 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.
These new sumi inks are imported from China. The inks are lightfast and waterproof when dry.
1 ounce plastic jar, except Gold (1/2 ounce).
BLACK SUMI INK: Charcoal based, permanent, and waterproof once dry, musk-scented, made from the soot of burned pines. Can be used for calligraphy as well as for painting. Dense and lightfast.
VERMILLION SUMI INK: a rich color ink made from vegetable soot, opaque, waterproof when dry. Flows exceptionally well. Maintains its vibrant color . Will produce a beautiful brown when mixed with Sumi black.
WHITE SUMI INK: opaque, flows very well with a dip pen. Requires stirring prior to use. One of the very few white inks within the Sumi family. Produces a rich white color. Waterproof when dry.
GOLD INK: Mica based, pigmented as well. Produces a lustrous glittering metal appearance when applied. This Gold ink dries waterproof and can be diluted within its own liquid. It is a suspension and needs to be stirred prior to use, but if you allow the ink to settle, pour off the liquid , leaving the pigmented mica, then taking some of the liquid in a separate container and mixing it with the mica, it will flow according to your desired instrument effortlessly. Produces a beautiful gold coloration. Very concentrated