Put some Spring in your writing with Kyo-no-oto Imayouiro!
Kyo-no-oto is one of two lines of ink produced for the Kyoto TAG stationary store. The inks are mixed in Kyoto, Japan using traditional dye-making techniques. Imayouiro is vivid magenta pink that evokes warm weather and sunny days. The ink is named after the Safflower, which produces a dye of the same color. Kyo-no-oto ink comes in a 40ml glass bottle and is package in a beautiful cardboard box. This review was done with a Platinum 3776 F, Lamy Safari B and on Rhodia blank No.18 paper.
Imayouiro shades decently and displays a similar range of colors in a fine and broad nib. At its lightest, the ink is a blush pink. The mid hues are a rouge fuchsia that eventually shades into a deep magenta. The ink can produce a golden sheen, but only on Tomoe River paper and only using a very wet pen.
Similar to other plant-based inks, Imayouiro has a dryer feeling on the page, but it still flows well enough. The ink is moderately saturated, and has low feathering and bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. Its dry times are normal at 15-30 seconds. While Imayouiro has no water resistance, clean up is very easy.
While Imayouiro is an eye-catching pink, it isn’t overly loud. At times, it looks like a pink ink, but sometimes it is decidedly magenta. I like inks that can’t make up their minds, and Imayouiro is one of those inks.
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.
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