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Kyo No Oto Fountain Pen Ink Giveaway

Image via    JetPens

Image via JetPens

Yesterday, I reviewed Kyo No Oto Nurebairo, and today I’m giving away one bottle of Kyo No Oto ink in the color of your choice. The Raven color of Nurebairo is my jam, but yours may be the pink of Imayouiro or the green of Kokeiro. One winner will get to chose their ink, which will ship directly from JetPens. Read the rules below and enter away!

Posted on July 2, 2019 and filed under Kyo-no-oto, Giveaways.

Kyo No Oto Nurebairo Ink Review

Kyo No Oto Nurebairo Ink Review

Kyo No Oto Nurebairo is a black ink that breaks the boring mold.

I’ve used other black inks in the past - primarily Sailor Nano Black - but there are no other black inks that I choose to use, unless forced to do so. That’s a common issue for black inks. Why use it when there are thousands of inks on the market with more color and character?

Nurebairo is the first black ink in recent memory that I actually look forward to inking up and using.

Kyo No Oto Nurebairo Ink

For starters, I see this as a very black ink on the page - especially when I’m using a wide, wet nib like this Nakaya broad stub. It goes down thick, and dries dark. I bring this up because some users see a dark blue undertone with this ink. I see that shade if I spread it on thin and dry, which I think is a feature. That undertone of blue is one of the reasons I love it.

Kyo No Oto Nurebairo Ink Lines

Secondly, this ink sheens well. The full perimeter of my letters on the page show a bronze-tinted halo. But, it is a very office-friendly look at the same time. If your boss peeks over your shoulder at your notes they won’t have to wonder what wild shimmer ink you’re using. It is boring black from afar, but you can see how special it is from close range.

Thirdly, you can’t see any of this in my photos. The character of the ink was practically impossible for me to capture.

This is as close as I could get to showing the sheen. The page is angled in the light, picking up the added color in the top half of the image. (Yoseka notebook)

This is as close as I could get to showing the sheen. The page is angled in the light, picking up the added color in the top half of the image. (Yoseka notebook)

Nurebairo translates to “jet black,” which I think is fair. Many other users of this ink refer to it as Raven, which I think is a better description. Have you ever seen the iridescent shine on a raven’s feathers? That is what this ink is like. This color is not basic black, it is Black+.

Rhodia A4 Dot Pad

Rhodia A4 Dot Pad

If I’m forced to list a downside to this ink it is that it’s not waterproof. That never changes my opinion of an ink, but I also don’t require waterproofness for daily use. If I did, the aforementioned Nano Black does the trick, along with the hugely popular Platinum Carbon Black, which is an artist favorite.

Is there another black ink on the market that is as interesting as Kyo No Oto Nurebairo? If so, I would like to try it, because I have no use for any other black ink than this one.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Pebble Stationery Co. 52 GSM Tomoe River Paper

Pebble Stationery Co. 52 GSM Tomoe River Paper

Posted on July 1, 2019 and filed under Kyo-no-oto, Ink Reviews.

Kyo-no-oto No. 6 Adzuki-iro Ink: A Review

Kyo-no-oto No. 6 Adzuki-iro Ink Review

(Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog Scribalishess.)

Several weeks ago, Vanness sent the Pen Addict ink samples for review. One of the inks I received was Kyo-no-oto No. 6 Adzuki-iro, a burgundy ink that I loaded into my TWSBI Eco T to test the pen. I loved the ink so much that I purchased a bottle.

Kyo-no-oto No. 6 Adzuki-iro Ink Sample

Adzuki-iro means “red beans.” It is a limited edition ink from the TAG Stationery Store in Kyoto, Japan. “Adzuki-iro” sounds more beautiful to my ear than “red beans,” and this color certainly lacks any brown tones that I would associate with red beans. The color is a gorgeous cabernet that reminds me of the deeper hues of cherry blossoms.

Kyo-no-oto No. 6 Adzuki-iro Ink

In my ink test, you can see how Adzuki-iro performs on Maruman Septcouleur paper. It has lots of saturation, especially when you layer it, and it dries fairly quickly. It is not water resistant.

Kyo-no-oto No. 6 Adzuki-iro Ink Test

I was fascinated by the chromatography test. The ink contains a wide array of colors: light blue, lavender, pink, red, and orange.

Kyo-no-oto No. 6 Adzuki-iro Ink Chromatography

This complexity gives the ink much more depth and character than two similar inks, Kyo-Iro No. 5 Keage-Sakura and Robert Oster Cherry Blossom.

Kyo-no-oto No. 6 Adzuki-iro Ink Comparison

Although Adzuki-iro isn’t a super sheeny ink, it does exhibit a bit of green sheen when it pools.

Kyo-no-oto No. 6 Adzuki-iro Ink Sheen

The ink performs quite well in my TWSBI stub (I’ve been using it for several weeks), though the shading characteristics are much more noticeable in wider nibs.

Kyo-no-oto No. 6 Adzuki-iro Ink Various Nibs

I really love this ink. It is not as flashy as Iroshizuku Yama-Budo, which makes it much more versatile--it is dark enough in finer nibs that you could definitely use it at work and for correspondence. In wider nibs, its lovely burgundy-pink tones and shading make it a great choice for cards, art, and calligraphy.

You can purchase a 40ml bottle of Adzuki-iro from Vanness Pens for $28.00. You might want to hurry, though. Since this is a limited edition color that I am crazy about, I may wind up purchasing whatever Vanness has left in stock!

(Vanness Pens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Posted on February 15, 2019 and filed under Kyo-no-oto, Ink Reviews.