I70. Moon Palace Sumi Ink.
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. The ink is now in a bottle with a gold label.
"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)
I don't love Moon Palace for broad pen; it's too thick. I prefer Kuretake Sumi. For pointed, however, Moon Palace is great.
Love that I can use Moon Palace Sumi in Pilot Parallel Pens, and it isn't corrosive! I really love this ink.
On the good list: Moon Palace Sumi is black even after diluting for better flow. On the bad list: Constant need to clean nib--I only use it with pointed and Mitchell nibs now (easier to clean). Good list: what it does with sink art and suminigashi. Bad list: strong smell in enclosed spaces. Good list: how permanent it is (unless you scrape it off). Bad list: how permanent it is (spilled on my desk.)
Reliable. Moon Palace Sumi is my go-to ink. After several jobs that require mixed gouache, I always love 'coming home' to Moon Palace.
I have been using this sumi ink for years now and it has only grown on me over time. Contrary to other comments, Moon Palace is indeed waterproof. I have been wet mounting my artworks in as little as 24 hours after painting, perfectly, without even the hint of runny ink. However, that doesn't mean that you can run a brush over the wet ink or smear it with your finger, at least not until the ink has fully cured over the space of several months.
This ink is a dream to write with! I've used it with the Leonardt PrincipalEF, Blue Pumpkin, and Brause 66EF nibs and the ink glides silky smooth across my paper. As others have mentioned, it's a dark, rich black, and there's a satin sheen on it when it dries. I don't care for the bit of chemical smell, but it's not unbearable. Unfortunately, it's not waterproof. I ran a clean, wet brush over some writing I had done a couple of weeks prior and it carried a bit of the ink across the white paper.
This is my go to and it's a dream. Not even close to as corrosive as iron gull. Clean with water and wipe. Dark black very thin or thick lines and behaves on all the papers my other inks work on. Try it!
I love this ink! Moon Palace Ink is my new choice, after decades of dealing with Higgens Eternal's leaky bottles and greyish ink.Moon Palace ink is black-black, doesn't easily smear, and writes beautifully, whether for copperplate or broad pen.
I use this for nearly all my pointed pen work super fine hairlines and solid broad strokes.I love the the sheen, but that's me. I clean my nibs carefully when I'm through and my good vintage nibs are still doing just fine. Love this stuff!!!
I began using this for my pointed pen calligraphy and have been delighted!! I am careful about cleaning my nibs after working so I've had no problems... even my best vintage nibs are still fine. Nice scent, love the sheen.