Kaimei Bokuju Sumi Ink - 70 ml Bottle

Kaimei Bokuju Sumi Ink - 70 ml Bottle

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3.2 (5 reviews)
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This bottled India ink is formulated to be comparable to traditional Japanese ink made from ground sumi ink sticks. It is water resistant when dry and has a dark, glossy finish. It can be used with dip pens, brushes, and technical drawing pens for a variety of uses including manga art, illustration, and shodo (Japanese calligraphy).

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I originally bought this...
September 2, 2016
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I originally bought this with the intent of using it with my dip pens, but I also ended up using it as is with my watercolor paintings, as the black paints I had did not come as opaque as I wished.

About the smell, to me, it smells like dirt. Not saying its bad, I'm just saying it literally smells like as if you were in a garden, replanting or weeding your plants.

Also, slightly disappointing that it isn't really water resistant. Light amounts are okay but if you wanted to watercolor over this, bad idea.
This is wonderful with...
July 30, 2016
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This is wonderful with a brush, and very very smooth with a dip pen!

I bought this along with the Kuretake Zig Cartoonist Sumi ink to compare and I believe that this one is slightly smoother with a brush, while that one dries a tiny bit faster overall.

This one does stink a bit though, I wouldn't place the bottle right under my nose. I'm not bothered by it but if your nose is sensitive maybe try another sumi ink.
Be careful when the descriptio...
June 23, 2016
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Be careful when the description says 'water resistant'. It's only semi-resistant. Patting water on top won't do anything, but if you brush it with water, the ink will definitely start to melt.
The black color is nice, nonetheless.
I wouldn't recommend this for watercolor painting at all.
Has super strong unbearable...
June 17, 2016
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Has super strong unbearable smell that makes it hard to use
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Have used this ink for...
May 7, 2016
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Have used this ink for years and have always loved it.

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