kyo-no-oto Ink


kyo-no oto

I am still in the process of learning about these inks. I bought two colours to get my collection going.

The inks are mady by Kyo no oto in Kyoto, Japan. The colours are named by inspiration of noted locartions in Japan. The iks are crafted according traditional Japanese dyeing techniques.

The kyo-no-oto branded ink comes in five colours:

  • No 01 - Nurebairo (Black) - the name is to represent a women's glossy black hair.
  • No 02 - Imayou-iro (cherry blossom tone) -
  • No 0 3 - Kokeiro (moss green)
  • No 04 - Yamabukiiro (gold-brown)
  • No 05 - Aonibi (blue-black)

There are also colours branded Kyo-iro - I have not tried or seem samples of these colours, however, for reference the colours that are available are:

  • Stone Road of Gion (brown/gold)
  • Soft Snow of Ohara (blue/purple)
  • Flaming Red of Fushimi (red)
  • Moonlight of Higashiyama (brown/gold)
  • Cherry Blossom of Keage (red/burgundy)


kokeiro ink

Kyoto Ink - kokeiro

kyo-no oyo - kokeiro

I am still in the process of learning about these inks. I bought two colours to get my collection going.

Kokeiro This is an interesting green, and a colour I am starting to like very much. It is bold and bright, but certainly leaves a different inpressed than the Forest Green colours that many of the other brands produce. There is a classic ink stain on the box, that is to represent the colour of the ink in the bottle. I do note that the colour of the ink in the bottle is not exactly like the colours of the stain on the box.

The ink has good flow and in my broad and medium pens, there is a reasonable dry time. I am not experience any smearing on paper.

The ink comes in an attractive 40 ml bottle that is stores in a study white hard paper box. The bottle that is taller than it is wide, and that helps with filling of pens. A very classy look in its packaging.






Aonibi is the second colour I ordered, my two bottles arrived and I was trying them out at the office, it was the blue black and I kept going back to as the ink that caught my attention the most. Now I call it blue-black, on the website the ink is descdribed as deep blue. There is wonderful shading. The ink has good flow.

I have found the ink desribed as the combination of pale black and indigo and it is supposed to represent the colour of a deep pale night sky.

I have really liked this ink. The pen in which I am using this colour the most is my Visconti Opera Club, and the broad nib on this pen lays a very broad line of ink. This ink has enough depth of tone that it looks great on paper, there is no washed out look.

The ink comes in the Kyoto 40 ml bottle that is higher than it is wide, and that helps will filing.


yamabukiiro ink by Kyo no oto

Well I was enjoying my first two colours so much that I ordered two more colours to round our my collection of this particular ink.

When I first started writing with yamabukiiro I found the bright gold-brown to be too light for my liking. But I must admit I have warmed up a bit to this colour. I think it will look great on cards and short one or two line notes, but I am a little concerend by use at work.

The ink has good flow properties. Good flow, reasonable dry time, a nice flat (vs shinny) finish to the ink. The bottle is taller than it is wide so that helps with the filling of pens with larger nibs,

I am warming up to this ink. So far I have used it in about three differenet pens (Delta, Visconti, Montblanc) and it writes fine. The hardest thing i to completly clean the pen so that is no bleeding of another colour.

nyrebauri by Kyo no oto

nurebairo ink by kyo no oto

I loaded my Montegrappa Extra Otto with this ink and fell in love with it instantly. It comes from the pen to the paper writing a good very dark black line. I thought well maybe when the line of ink is wet. But what happens with the dries. Nothing. It stays a good dark bold black.

Flow is good. Ih ave only been using this ink in my Montegrappa so far, but based on my experience with the other colours, I am not expecting any problems.