To be honest I don’t know much about the company. Some time ago Algester posted topic about Tag Kyoto branch inks. The bottles and colors presented on their site looked nice so I’ve decided to try some of these inks. The inks are made by or for Takeda Jimuki company and are available in two lines: Kyo No Oto and Kyo-Iro. Kyo no Oto inks are said to be traditional japanese colors that has been used since heian era (roughly 1000 years ago),and expressing a tinges that have been nurtured in long history and profound culture for long time.
Kyonooto inks are:
Kyo-iro inks are:
- Cherry Blossom of Keage
- Flaming Red of Fushimi
- Moonlight of Higashiyama
- Soft Snow of Ohara
- Stone Road of Gion
Flaming Red of Fushimi has really nice name, the color though isn’t as saturated as you might imagine picturing flames. I think it can be described as red but, truth be told, it leans toward carmine. The ink isn’t most saturated color in the line, I would say the saturation is medium. It can look really well on some papers if you use really wet pen. In drier nibs the color will lokk rather flat. While I enjoyed the effect seen on absorbent papers I dislike what I see on Lyreco.
The flow is good, not as good as in Waterman inks but still the ink flows well in all pens I’ve filled with it (four to be more specific).
As for other specs: no feathering, no bleedthrough, no water resistance.
The ink is dedicated / named after Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社?) – the head shrine of Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari which is 233 metres above sea level, and includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines which span 4 kilometers and takes approximately 2 hours to walk up.
Since early Japan, Inari was seen as the patron of business, and merchants and manufacturers have traditionally worshipped Inari. Each of the torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha is donated by a Japanese business. First and foremost, though, Inari is the god of rice.
As all Kyonooto and kyo-ro inks this one comes in elegant box (most aesthetically pleasant boxes in the market IMO and glass bottle)
Drops of ink on kitchen towel
Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, B
Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, B
Lyreco Budget, Lamy Al-Star, medium nib
CIAK, Lamy Al-Star, medium nib
No-name paper with invoiice, FPR Dilhi, Medium nib