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Very good ink for drawing...
, March 13, 2010
Very good ink for drawing comics or other illustrations; very black and
permanent. The bottle is very nicely designed as compard other bottles of other
india ink manufacturers; it is wide and not narrow which makes it easier to
insert your brush or dip pen into the bottle.
My fave ink is French Sennelier india ink but this Kuretake is second best in my
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The comments and item...
, June 28, 2013
The comments and item description of this ink do not accurately describe its
performance. I bought this ink as a go to workhorse for large, detailed dip pen
illustration and found that it was an unusual specialty ink that's qualities
make it inappropriate for illustrators.
It is very high quality with more pigment and shellac than any other ink I have
used giving it a beautiful satiny luster and darkness on the page. This
thickness is due to an extremely high shellac content. Because of this it never
feathers even on soft papers and can produce extremely fine detail.
The shellac however makes it unusable for anything more than a quick drawing.
It dries on the nib within ten to fifteen minutes and is so thick it must be
scraped and washed off under water. Over The course of a six hour illustration
it had to be washed off over thirty times and still caused erratic and
inconsistent lines. The more you use the ink the more these problems
The ink dries on the tip so thick it causes skipping in lines and inconsistency
in stippling. In addition small pieces of dried ink can come of the nib at any
time ruining an illustration. Eventually the ink will accumulate to a point
where it causes the entire reservoir to be dumped onto the page. This ink was
tested with the G nib, mapping pen and a flex nib and worked worst with the
smaller nibs. The shellac also lends the ink a satin finish which, though it is
pretty, is problematic for scanning. This ink is in every aspect; line work,
stippling flow and consistency, outperformed by a budget india ink like
speedball. Even when diluted, the shellac to pigment ratio is too high to make
this ink function properly and it's unreliable performance can easily ruin hours
of work, unacceptable for most illustrators.
Nevertheless the ink is of very high quality and looks beautiful, I could see it
having fine art or calligraphy applications though I would not use this with a
nice brush as it will abrade the bristles. Hope this is helps people know what
they are getting and if anyone does use this for inking manga every day please
post how to deal with the nib clogging.
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Kuretake Manga Ink
, February 23, 2011
Kuretake Manga Ink
Pros: Thick, Very Black Ink. Smooth flow. Dries quickly to reduce smudging on
drawing. VERY WATER RESISTANT! Comes in a great 60ml container that's topple
proof w/ a very wide mouth to make ink dipping easier!
Nitpicks: DO NOT use Copics/ Alcohol markers with this ink. Because it dries
fast, it tends to build up dry ink residue on the nib-clean with alcohol or any
other liquid/solution that helps remove waterproof ink.
Final thoughts: Excellent ink. Great glossy finish. Very dark. And a great ink
to use with watercolors! Nitpicks aside this is one of the best inks out there
in the manga market!
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I really appreciate the...
, August 8, 2013
I really appreciate the fast drying for copic proof and water proof and such,
but what I don't like about it is that when it fast drys on my g pen, every time
I take it off with water and a tissue, the ink comes off in pieces of chunks and
that's when it messes up my nib badly. Comparing that to DELETER black 6, it's
the worst I have ever tried for creating manga! DX
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Awesome ink, the best...
, December 10, 2011
Awesome ink, the best i have ever tried! Unfortunately, this ink dont work with
copics. If you are not going to use copics with it, then i really recommend!