So I thought that today I would share a little ink comparison I did the other day. I used to think that all black ink are pretty much the same. Boy, was I wrong! The inks are: the Daiso sumi ink with a white cap, the Daiso sumi ink with a yellow cap, the Winsor & Newton black India ink, and the Kuretake black sumi ink 60. All recommendations from calligrafiends @sowinlove @teppiazali @joychong @phoenixfeatherscalligraphy. Thank you!
The W&N one was the very first one I bought at the art store when I picked up my first set of pointed nibs. I went through half the bottle in less than a month. At 14ml, it is the smallest bottle of ink I have and I got it for about ¥340. It is waterproof when it dries but it kind of has an odd sheen to to it. I also found that it doesn't work on all types of paper that I normally use and takes a while to dry.
Next, I was introduced to the Daiso sumi ink with the white cap. I was so excited to hear that I could get a cheaper option with a bigger bottle! Also, I haven't had any trouble with it bleeding on paper so far. Since I got it at the Daiso in Japan, it was ¥100 for a 180ml bottle.
When I posted the pic of the white capped Daiso sumi ink, someone recommended the one with the yellow cap as well. Of course, I had to go try it! Same price, same capacity. And it works on all my paper. In my personal opinion, I feel that the yellow one is a tad smoother to write with and that is dries a bit faster than the white. For practice, I use both the white and yellow.
I got the Kuretake black sumi ink from Amazon on Monday. It was ¥540 for a 60ml bottle. This is officially THE black ink for me. It's smooth like the Daiso sumi inks, it's very fast drying and its waterproof so I can add watercolor over it. So there you have it, my very lengthy ink comparison!