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Ink Shoot-Out : Kyo-Iro Stone Road Of Gion Vs Mont Blanc Swan Illusion Plume



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The shoot outs are awesome. Thank you again.

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White Ice on to of a famous European Mountain. The limited edition thing. Where the competition can not win outright the prestige will win thumbs down. Thanks for the shootout.

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Somehow I missed this thread before now. I find that I actually prefer Stone of Gion, since it seems to be darker (and therefore more legible) on the page. But I suspect that in reality I need neither -- I have 2 bottles of the somewhat similarly hued Edelstein Smoky Quartz, and one or two bottles of Iroshizuku Yuma-guri.

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This made me smile - love the concept and I think both of these inks are just gorgeous. I'm a sucker for a nice gray! 

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Detman101
On 7/24/2018 at 12:58 PM, bass1193 said:

Awesome comparison! Thank you!

 

I've had Stone Road of Gion on my radar for a while, and you've just proven that rather than choosing between the two, I shall have to buy both

I think that I, too, will take this path.
They're both great inks :)

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Detman101

WOOHOO!
Picked up the ink today, can't wait to try it later!

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inkstainedruth

Which one did you get, Detman101?  Or did you spring for both?

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"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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I picked up "Stone Road of Gion" at Penboutique earlier today. So far, I'm disappointed with it's performance, though the tone and color are marvelous.
The ink, itself, is far too dry to do any kind of flex-writing with.
I may put it in my stub-nib Delike-element and keep "Penbbs-Guilin" in my flex pen if I need a brown-family ink. It just works perfectly...even if it's super light.

Guilin is pretty much the Penbbs version of "Swan Illusion Plume". Looks exactly the same on the paper but has a nice color-shift that I'm absolutely in love with.
Goes down a dirt-green...color shifts to pinkish-brownish-gray as it dries...lovely!

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1 hour ago, Detman101 said:

I picked up "Stone Road of Gion" at Penboutique earlier today. So far, I'm disappointed with it's performance, though the tone and color are marvelous.
The ink, itself, is far too dry to do any kind of flex-writing with.

This is where you want your White Lightning. With very few exceptions, the Kyoto inks perform better with a bit of wetting agent - about 1ml per 20ml. Mixed in a vial, it's enough to just dip the end of a paperclip into the WL (or whatever else is your agent of choice) and mix it into a couple of ml of ink. 

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1 hour ago, mizgeorge said:

This is where you want your White Lightning. With very few exceptions, the Kyoto inks perform better with a bit of wetting agent - about 1ml per 20ml. Mixed in a vial, it's enough to just dip the end of a paperclip into the WL (or whatever else is your agent of choice) and mix it into a couple of ml of ink. 

Thank you thank you thank you thank you!
That was just the information I needed.
I'm writing that down on a sticky note and taping it to the bottle.
You rock!!!
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