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 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)
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.
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.
2-ounce widemouth glass jar
4-ounce square plastic bottle