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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  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 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.

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I43. Best Bottle Sumi Ink
Best Bottle Sumi Ink

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.

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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).

This sumi ink is known to corrode nibs.

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I144. Emperor Sumi Ink
I144. Emperor Sumi Ink

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).

Choose color:
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

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I141. Kuretake Vermilion Ink
I141. Kuretake Vermilion (Red) Ink

A very smooth writing, orange-red ink that works well with both broad-edged and pointed nibs. 2 oz plastic jar.

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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

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

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

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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