thINKthursday – kyo no oto yamabukiiro

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kyo no oto yamabukiiro

We’re delighted to be carrying the Kyo-no-oto line of ink.
For your viewing pleasure: Yamabukiiro

kyo no oto yamabukiiro

kyo no oto yamabukiiro

kyo no oto yamabukiiro

Kyo no oto inks are made for the TAG stationery stores in Japan and offer a selection of colors based on traditional Japanese dyes. Yamabukiiro is named for the Kerria flower, and is a light olive green color. The ink comes in a 40ml glass bottle that is stout and rectangular with rounded edges. The box has a beautiful label with kyo no oto embossed in the lower right hand corner. While not cheap at $28 a bottle, the way the ink behaves and the colors offered make this brand a growing favorite for me. This review was done with a Sailor Pro Gear F, Monteverde Prima B and on Rhodia No. 18 blank paper.

kyo no oto yamabukiiro

Yamabukiiro is a hard color to describe, and that’s what makes is so alluring. The ink is a high shader in both fine and broad nibs, which leads to a  spectrum of colors. The overall appearance of the ink is a green olive color. The lightest areas are a canary yellow that shades to a muted honey. The darkest areas are a mix between a Dijon and a light olive green.

kyo no oto yamabukiiro

kyo no oto yamabukiiro

The ink displayed good properties all around with good flow and low feathering and low bleedthrough. While this ink has low saturation, it’s dry times were still good at 20-30 seconds. Shading was high, but the ink didn’t have any water resistance. Clean up was very easy.

kyo no oto yamabukiiro

kyo no oto yamabukiiro

kyo no oto yamabukiiro

kyo no oto yamabukiiro

kyo no oto yamabukiiro

kyo no oto yamabukiiro

Although yamabukiiro has low saturation, it was easy to read even when written with a fine nib. I know the color is going to be hit or miss depending on personal preferences, but I enjoy its musky earthiness. If this color doesn’t suit you be, sure to check out the other unique colors offered by kyo no oto.

kyo no oto yamabukiiro

As with any ink review, the pen, paper, and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks. If you’re not sure about a color, try a sample to see if it’s the one for you.

Ink it Up!
Chris

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