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50ml bottle of Pilot Iroshizuku Bamboo Charcoal (take-sumi) fountain pen ink.
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Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi - Bamboo Charcoal (50ml Bottled Ink)

50ml bottle of Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi (Bamboo Charcoal) black fountain pen ink.

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Bottled Inks
Bottle Material
Fast Drying
Freeze Resistant
Ink Color
Iron Gall
Water Resistant
Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi - Bamboo Charcoal (50ml Bottled Ink) is rated 4.9512 out of 5 by 41.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful writing, smooth Black. I was initially worried that it wouldn't be saturated enough of a black--WRONG. Even with the red undertone, it's a FANTASTIC red. The red only shows with a more broad nib, or on Tomoe River :)
Date published: 2016-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well-behaved ink I am a fan of black ink. Take-sumi is not as black as Aurora Black, but is more comparable to J Herbin's Perle Noire. The ink does not feather and dries quickly. I tried it in a Sailor King of Pen with a medium nib, as well as an Omas 360 also with a medium nib It does have a slightly greater tendency to bleed through Moleskine paper than J Herbin. It is not water resistant, but then I think none of the Iroskizuku inks are. Unlike Noodler's Black, there is very little tendency for nib creep. I know that's a matter of personal aesthetics, but it matters to me. The bottle is well-designed. It will accommodate large nibs. Overall I am a fan of this ink, but I am biased because I own about five other Iroskuzuku inks now.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wet ink with some feathering This is a very good black ink that flows well out of the pens I have tried so far. I am surprised how slick and well distributed the color. Only downside is even with an EF nib the characters started feathering on cheaper notepads. Well only one ink made it past that test so I won't hold that against it. The ink bottle is gorgeous and plan to re-use it in favor of that small nib dip in the center. Water resistance is good enough that it doesn't wash away but not impervious to spread. I am definitely going to get more Take-sumi especially once I switch completely over to fountain pen friendly paper. Great packaging that allowed it safely to reach my door during the winter too!
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well behaved true black ink I purchased Iroshizuku Take-Sumi some time ago and saved it for a special pen. Now I wish I had used it from the start. I find it to be a good black, not grey, ink that is well behaved. It cleans up easy and does not seem to dry fast on the nib. I would say dry time on paper is average. I have used this ink on about every paper type I can get my hands on. On better paper like Rhodia it lays down a line true to nib size and design. I have used to sign receipts on that odd cash register paper with no issues. The down side is the price because you're paying for a fancy bottle. I have been using fountain pens since the 1960’s and would recommend this ink as one you should try.
Date published: 2016-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A standard setting black Take my review with a grain of salt because I do not have long term experience with this ink. However,I will say in the time I have used it, it has left a great imprint on me. The color is nice and saturated. A deep black with little to no sheen. The flow is quite wet but not overly wet. I am using a goulet fine nib. Dry time is a little longer than I prefer but I am willing to look past it for all the positives. Doesn't bleed through on cheap printer paper. Feathering is minamal and to be expected on cheap paper. Rhodia paper showed zero feathering. In my experience it is smoother writing than noodlers black and has an added benefit. No nib creep. Noodlers black in my particular pen does nib creep. It is expensive but it is a premium ink with premium characteristics.
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New Go To Black Ink I could not wait and ordered some of this ink from Japan. It was a wise decision. This ink is smooth and looks beautiful on the page. It is a very nice black. It flows amazing in all of my pens. I could not be happier. It also flows much better than HOD. I will be ordering more from the Goulet's when it arrives in stock. This is a must have ink.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Japanese perfection The Take-sumi ink is really beautiful, rich dark black ink. Not at all yellow, but a bit more on the red-ish side, however this is really a true black colour, despite it's name. Being really wet, I found that this ink is really great with one nib size lower than you might otherwise prefer, but it will depend on the paper. It might be on eof the most expensive inks, but it certainly is one of the best I've ever tried!
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deep Saturated Black with Superior Performance I discovered Iroshizuku inks when I was looking for a replacement for S.T. Dupont?s Blue Black (encre bleu nuit) ink, which S.T. Dupont has discontinued. The Iroshizuku inks perform well in S.T. Dupont pens. I especially like take-sumi in extra-fine and fine S.T. Dupont nibs. Although there are many other black inks that are excellent, I really like the way Iroshizuku take-sumi performs in my S.T. Dupont pens, so I am adopting take-sumi as my standard black for my S.T. Dupont pen collection.
Date published: 2014-10-20
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