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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 & 60 oz are temporarily unavailable: arriving Dec 2019



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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 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.



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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. Lightfast.



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

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



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

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



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