Author Topic: Antique Japan Ink  (Read 864 times)

Offline YokePenCo

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 306
  • Karma: 38
    • View Profile
Antique Japan Ink
« on: November 13, 2015, 05:39:05 PM »
I just released the first batch of my Small Batch Historic Ink Series and have about 15 bottles left. I have about 75 antique recipes and will be doing other recipes in the future with all of them being 100 + year old. My plan is to make a different antique recipe every 3 months or so. It's something I always wanted to do but couldn't justify the cost of materials for the recipes for just myself.

The first batch is an antique recipe for Japan Ink. This is not a sumi, but an iron gall recipe. In an old magazine I read someone suggesting it for reproduction work as it goes on very black. You can see reviews and samples of writing at the below link.

Unfortunately the international shipping isn't as cheap as I would like, but it is the best I could do at $18.00. Some countries will be a couple dollars cheaper and I always refund the difference on the ink if it is less expensive.

Christopher J. Yoke

Offline schin

  • Super Hero Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 1428
  • Karma: 118
  • Las Vegas
    • View Profile
    • Openinkstand
Re: Antique Japan Ink
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2015, 06:48:25 PM »
This will be the coolest project ever!!!! I am always so curious to see what the old penmen use.
OPENINKSTAND // website | blog |instagramyoutube

Offline AnasaziWrites

  • Super Hero Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 2203
  • Karma: 161
  • Ad astra, per aspera
    • View Profile
Re: Antique Japan Ink
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2015, 12:10:21 PM »
This Japan ink is really fine.
I did a little comparison between the Japan ink and my go to ink--McCaffery's Penman's Ink (Black).

Both the inks are new (despite the aged appearance of the McCaffery's bottle, I refilled it from the master bottle with fresh ink), used the same nib, paper, and, of course, the penman, if I may use the term, were the same.

The Japan ink is actually blacker, which can be seen on the finest hairlines--see the first of the slanted straight lines.
The Japan ink is also absolutely flat, whereas the McCaffery's has a very slight shine to it. This is just noticeable on the swells. I would imagine the difference would be more noticeable with larger letters and with broad brush /point strokes. The Japan ink looks, to my eye, almost like stick ink used in Japanese calligraphy.

They seem to be equally water resistant. I smeared the c in these lines with water--it had no apparent effect, so good for envelopes.

Definitely recommend this ink. Perhaps you could make another batch?