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#31 FountainPenCowgirl

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 18:32

I've tried a few black inks in the last year and not gotten past the samples - until now. Like a couple of my other Iroshizukus, Take-Sumi simply spoke to me. Color is the black I've been seeking. Flow from the nib (Safari F) is silky smooth (a growing theme in my purchases, especially when color is similar to others I have). Behaves well on my favorite papers and those I am forced to use. Not smeared on me yet, either. Perfect. Glad I waited, and glad I tried one more black sample.

#32 Blue_Moon

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 16:07

I never use black ink alone.  The only reason I'm interested in a bottle (or a sample) is to mix it with other Iroshizuku inks to form a darker color.  Can anyone tell me how it mixes?



#33 mrchan

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 20:11

I never use black ink alone.  The only reason I'm interested in a bottle (or a sample) is to mix it with other Iroshizuku inks to form a darker color.  Can anyone tell me how it mixes?

Ah don't be wasting such good quality ink on mixing it with other stuff. It isn't just black on its own, it has its own beautiful charcoalish colour to it.


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#34 xwingrox

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 08:58

any chance of a head to head review against Noodler's Black? 



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Posted 18 May 2014 - 23:27

This has become my favorite black ink.  I own three or four other black inks, but I tend to reach for the Iro Take-Sumi the most.  It is smooth, trouble free and I like the slight shading to grey in my italic nib.  Black is my most used color because I use it for notes.  When I'm working, I don't like to have ink colors distracting me from the creative process.  I save colors for editing. :)


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Posted 19 May 2014 - 02:57

I have noticed when I did the swab (same as brian goulet's swabbing techniques) of my Take-sumi it leaves a green tinge to it when not overly saturated I guess that is why they call it bamboo charcoal over all beautiful ink slightly pricier in the US than it is in Asia... but hey its a beautiful ink I got 2 bottles of it now

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 13:20

After using this ink for a month and a half, I'm a bit disappointed with it. It shades beautifully, but it "spreads" on every paper I try it on, so that my Pilot "F" nibs look more like "M" (or broader!).