John Neal Bookseller
order tracking  |  my account  |  view cart:  0 item(s)   $0.00
1-800-369-9598 (USA)  
JNB HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE
space
catalog, supplement
space
space
facebook instagram pintrest twitter
space
space
arrow Holiday Gift Guide
space
space
arrow Holiday Shipping Deadlines
space
space
arrow John Neal Bookseller
  Tools & Materials
  Bookbinding Supplies
space
  Calligraphy & Illumination
  Ash Bush
  Color Charts
  Broad-Edged
  Brushes
  Calligraphy Kits
  Coliro
  Copperplate
  Dinky Dips
  Easels
  Erasers
  Fine Papers
  Fountain Pens
  Gilding & Gold Leaf
  Gouache/Watercolors
  Guidelines/Rulers
  G-Tec Pens
  Holders
  Ink
  Black Ink
  Color Ink
  Sumi Ink
  Walnut Ink
  White Ink
  Ziller Inks
  Acrylic Ink
  Ink for Pointed Pen Calligraphy
  Ink for Broad Edge Calligraphy
  Waterproof Ink
  Metallic & Iridescent Ink
  Fountain Pen Safe Ink
  Sample Size Inks
  Ink Additives/Cleaners
  Ink Sets
  Bister Ink
  Ink Sticks
  Jars/Inkwells
  Journals / Sketchbooks
  Left-Handed
  Letter / Stone Carving
  Markers
  Masking Fluids
  Metallics
  Monoline
  Nicker
  Organizers & Storage
  Other Tools & Materials for Calligraphers
  Pads of Paper
  Pearl Ex
  Pencils
  Pilot Parallel Pens
  Portable Light Pads
  Pointed Nibs
  Quills
  Ruling Pens/Writing Tools
  Sakura Pigma Calligrapher
  Society for Creative Anachronism
  Spencerian
  Speedball Products
  Vellum
  Zebra Nibs
  Monoline Nibs
  Pointed/FineTip Markers
  Embellishments
space
  Books/Videos
  Bookbinding / Book Arts
space
  Calligraphy
space
  Illumination
space
  Type
space
  More Books
space
  New and Sale Items
  Big Book Sale
space
  Clearance Items
space
  New Books & DVDs
space
  New Tools & Materials
space
  More Items
  Art
space
  Apparel
space
  Gift Certificate
space
  Instructor Book/Supply Lists
  Calligraphy Teachers
space
  Guilds
space
  Conferences/Retreats
space
  Online Classes
space
space
space
arrow Letter Arts Review
  Subscriptions
  Current Issue
  Special Issues
  Annual Juried Issues
  All Back Issues
  Mailing Schedule
  Wholesale
  Advertising
space
space
arrow Bound & Lettered
  Subscriptions
  Current Issue
  All Back Issues
  Mailing Schedule
  Wholesale
  Advertising
  Online Articles from B&L
space
space
arrow Calligraphy & Bookbinding Events
space
space
arrow More Information
Product Help
View PDF Catalog
Request a Catalog
Shipping Info (USA/Overseas)
Payments Accepted
Subscribe to E-Newsletter
Edit Account Info
Teacher Info
Group/Guild Sales
Our Blog
Calligraphy and Bookbinding Events
Contact Us

Sumi Ink


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 into 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 (widemouthed jar)
6.0 oz (180ml)
15 oz
60 oz



Options:
Your Price

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.



Your Price

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



Your Price

I126. Kuretake Sumi Ink 60
I126. Kuretake Sumi Ink 60.

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.



Your Price

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.



Your Price

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.



Your Price

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.



Your Price

I24-2. Yasutomo Sumi Ink: 2oz. Black Bottle
Yasutomo Sumi
2oz.

Matte black. non-waterproof. Comes in a tall rectangular black bottle. KY Series.



Your Price

I24-6. Yasutomo Sumi Ink: 6oz. Black Bottle
Yasutomo Sumi
6oz.

Matte black, non-waterproof. Comes in a tall rectangular black bottle. KY Series.



Your Price

I163. Moon Palace Vermilion Sumi Ink
I163. Moon Palace Vermilion Sumi Ink.

This rich vermilion ink from Japan was well-received at a recent IAMPETH convention. It is opaque and easy to write with and comes from the maker of Moon Palace Sumi (Black), one of our most popular black inks. To create a nice brown ink, great for Spencerian Script, decant some of this vermillion sumi and add Higgins Eternal ink, drop by drop until you get the color you desire.

Choose size:
2-ounce widemouth glass jar
4-ounce square plastic bottle



Options:
Your Price

  © John Neal Bookseller · 1833 Spring Garden Street, First Floor · Greensboro · NC 27403 · USA
contact info