Ink Review #222: Kyo-no-oto 6 Adzukiiro


Last week was pink week, and now we are moving on to new releases week. We have seven inks on the schedule, all of which were released in the last year. Today's new release is Kyo-no-oto 6 Adzukiiro. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens.


The color:

Adzukiiro is a dark wine red.


In large swabs and ink drops there was some interesting black sheen. The ink looks much darker in large swabs, more of a plumb purple than in writing. 


Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: Medium shading, low black sheen, and no shimmer

On 20 pound copy paper there was a little bit of feathering but other than that the ink behaved well. On the cheapest paper I could find, a Mead lined notebook, the ink did show some feathering as well as bleeding. 

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Diamine Burgundy Royale, Kyo-no-oto 6 Adzukiiro, and Robert Oster Australian Shiraz. Click here to see the Kyoto inks together. 


Longer writing: 

I used a broad Pelikan M805 Vibrant Blue on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average to dry flow, depending on the pen. It felt fine in the wetter nibs, but felt dry in the average flowing pens. 

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Overall, I wasn't blown away by this ink. I was surprised by the black sheen, but I think I actually prefer some of Robert Oster's dark reds like Australian Shiraz and Maroon 1789 over this one. Give it a try, you might love it.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.