I was trying my best to save this review for last, like the fountain pen ink version of the marshmallow test, but my EQ is low haha. I’ve always had a soft spot for olive green inks, especially those that have a lot of the yellow component in them. This is why the Kokeiro ink from the Kyo No Oto line is so attractive to me.
The color reminds me of a cross between Alt Goldgrun and Diamine Wagner. It’s the color of shelled pistachio nuts. It’s light yellow-green in some places, darker green in some, with a little bit of that gorgeous golden tinge that gives it a nice glowing quality. The color is really eye-catching, especially on ivory-colored paper. The flow is quite wet. I used it in my Sheaffer Lifetime with a fine nib, and it flowed really well. It dries moderately fast at about 20 seconds on tomoe river paper. It’s saturated enough to make it easy to read, it’s a good enough ink to use for daily writing. It’s well-behaved and has very expressive shading. The shading is quite obvious even with a fine nib. It’s not water resistant, though it does leave behind faint light green lines. If you like olive green inks, this is such a nice color to have. Here are a few close ups of the writing sample.
Kyoto inks are available at Everything Calligraphy.
Here’s a roundup of all the Kyoto Inks I have reviewed:
- Kyo-Iro Moonlight of Higashiyama
- Kyo-Iro Soft Snow of Ohara
- Kyo-Iro Stone Road of Gion
- Kyo-Iro Cherry Blossoms of Keage
- Kyo-Iro Flaming Red of Fushimi
- Kyo No Oto Aonibi
- Kyo No Oto Kokeiro
- Kyo No Oto Yamabukiiro
- Kyo No Oto Nurebairo
- Kyo No Oto Imayouiro