Here’s another review of ink that me and some other users of piorawieczneforum.pl received from visvamitra to test.
Kyo no oto and Kyo-iro are two ink lines of one company – Takeda Jimuki, based in Kyoto in Japan.
It’s said to be a blue-black, but it’s more a blue-grey.
Flow – very good. It writes very smoothly and pretty wetly. It’s more watery in consistency, reminds me Herbin inks. There are no hard starts, a pen starts immediately even after a few days.
Saturation – good. It’s little too light for a blue-black but saturated enough for a grey ink. It’s comfortable to write and read.
Bleeding – more than average. It bleeds through Moleskine, there’re more spots on a copy paper than with average inks. When you look close, there are even a couple of little spots in Leuchtturm.
Feathering – little more than average.
Shading – medium
Dry time – good, about 15s on Rhodia (average – 20-25s)
Water resistance – after 5 minutes underwater, there’s only an illegible stain left.
To sum up, it’s a great ink. I was a little surprised with the colour – I thought it’s gonna be a dull blue-black, but I find this one interesting. It behaves very well, is very pleasant to use. If only it was more available in Europe…
Thanks to visvamitra for the sample!
- very good flow
- interesting colour
- easy to clean
- price and availability
- lack of water resistance
- bleeds little too much