Introducing our newest inks: the Kyo No Oto and Kyo Iro lines from Japan! We received samples of these inks months ago, and it was a thrill to open the package up and see these beautiful boxes and bottles with new colours, testing them out with our team. Kyo No Oto Inks Toronto Canada Now, getting a few slightly bigger packages of these in the shop is no less exciting - counting the bottles, and swabbing out the inks. While it sometimes feels like a lot of work, I love that I get to see each new ink we carry up close and personal before making choices about which ones to add to my own personal collection. Kyo No Oto and Kyo Iro inks Toronto Canada These inks are made in Kyoto, Japan by Kyoto Kusaki Kenkyusho and Takeda Jimuki, with many of the colours derived from traditional practices and dyes, or inspired from the history of the city. There are two lines, each with five inks, and slightly different packaging. Kyo No Oto Inks Wonder Pens The Kyo No Oto line (on the right side of the swabs) has: No. 1 Nurebairo (black) No. 2 Imayouiro (bright pink) No. 3 Kokeiro (green) No. 4 Yamabukiiro (golden yellow) No. 5 Aonibi (blue-black) The Kyo No Oto line is more traditional, and its colours are slightly more subdued than the often highly saturated "boutique" ink colours we see now from companies like Noodler's - although I do find the Imayouiro pink quite bright. These colours are a bit more vintage in nature, and according to some material given to us from the distributor, are colours that have been used for over a thousand years. I love that their inks are numbered, it gives it a bit of an apothecary and small batch feel to it, but of course it's easier to remember the colours by their Japanese names. Kyo No Oto and Kyo Iro fountain pen inks Toronto Canada The Kyo Iro line (on the right) has: Stone Road of Gion (grey-brown) Flaming Red of Fushimi (red) Soft Snow of Ohara (purplish blue) Cherry Blossom of Keage (dusty pink) Moonlight of Higashiyama (orange brown) The Kyo Iro line is based on inspiration from the city of Kyoto Japan, as you may be able to tell from the names of the inks. For example, the Gion district is Kyoto's most famous geisha district, but is also lined with cobblestone streets - and the Stone Road of Gion ink is sort of a grey brown colour with texture and variation and shading - I think it's my favourite from the line, although I'm surprised by how much I like the Cherry Blossoms of Keage dusty pink as well. Kyo Iro Inks Toronto Canada

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Here are the Kyo No Oto inks: No. 1 Nurebairo (black) I had a hard time capturing the flavour of black in this one in the photographs - in the swab it looks a bit brownish, but it might be some hint of sheen reflecting off the sunlight. There's zero shading on this one, as with many blacks, but it's a very solid, rich, deep black in both the swabs and the writing. I normally shy away from blacks except for specific situations, but this ink surprised me with how wet yet tactile the flow was. It feels very good coming out of a pen, and I'm glad I chose to ink this one up when we got the shipment in (I passed on it when we first got our samples). Kyo No Oto No. 1 Nurebairo Writing Sample Kyo No Oto No. 1 Nurebairo Writing Sample No. 2 Imayouiro Kyo No Oto No. 2 Imayouiro Writing Sample Kyo No Oto No. 2 Imayouiro Writing Sample No. 3 Kokeiro (green) Kyo No Oto No.3 Kokeiro Writing Sample Kyo No Oto No.3 Kokeiro Writing Sample No.4 Yamabukiiro No surprise that this is another one of my favourites - warm yellows and browns some of my favourite inks. There's nothing that says renaissance woman like a letter on ivory paper with this golden yellow sort of ink. Kyo No Oto No. 4 Yamabukiiro Kyo No Oto No. 4 Yamabukiiro No.5 Aonibi And another favourite! The shading on this one is excellent, and I love the hue as well. Another wet ink with good flow. Kyo No Oto No.5 Aonibi Toronto Canada Writing Sample Kyo No Oto No.5 Aonibi Toronto Canada Writing Sample And the Kyo Iro inks... Stone Road of Gion (grey-brown) I love inks with a bit of character, some variation to it. This dusty brown is great one for letters or journals, and I love the vintage flair it gives to your writing. Kyo Iro Stone Road of Gion Writing Sample Kyo Iro Stone Road of Gion Writing Sample Flaming Red of Fushimi (red) Kyo Iro Flaming Red of Fushimi Writing Sample Kyo Iro Flaming Red of Fushimi Writing Sample Soft Snow of Ohara (purplish blue) Kyo Iro Soft Snow of Ohara Writing Sample Kyo Iro Soft Snow of Ohara Writing Sample Cherry Blossom of Keage (dusty pink) Kyo Iro Cherry Blossom of Keage Fountain Pen Ink Writing Sample Kyo Iro Cherry Blossom of Keage Fountain Pen Ink Writing Sample Moonlight of Higashiyama (brownish orange) I like this one as well, although I found it a little dry in the first pen I had it in - I'm going to give it another go in a wetter pen (no shortage of those in my collection) tbecause it's such a beautiful colour. An ink named after moonlight?? How can I resist. Kyo Iro Moonlight of Higashiyama Writing Sample   Kyo Iro Moonlight of Higashiyama Writing Sample The names are a handful to say, but as our team and we have been trying them out and getting used to writing them in the shop, it's sort of a beautiful thing to have some Japanese words floating around (as terrible as our pronunciation may be!). They're available in our brick and mortar now, and online - the Kyo Iro line and the Kyo No Oto line. We're now carrying quite a few ink lines and shades of ink in the shop. I remember in our earliest days, we had Rohrer + Klingner, Sailor, J. Herbin and Noodler's, squished onto our two tiny shelves. We've come a long way, and picked up a few beautiful things along the journey. I think I have a soft spot for ink companies that craft a limited number of really stunning, quality inks: I don't know if it's because I'm trying to move towards having fewer pens inked up, but valuing and appreciating each tool I have, but in any case, I love that each of these colours has a story. My favourite inks from this line are probably the Aonibi, Stone Road of Gion, and to my surprise, the Nurebairo black. Possibly also the Cherry Blossom of Keage, although I'm not sure how often I'll find myself reaching for a pen filled with that ink. Kyo Iro Inks Canada

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In any case, we've been keeping busy. Today and yesterday was catching up with online orders from the weekend, along with photographing the new inks and getting everything together. We found a slightly beaten up secretary's desk in the hallway of our building, and it's now at home in our shop. With Caleb, we've had weekend trips to the cottage, timbit soccer, visits to the park, a new balance bike.   In between everything, we're enjoying our days of goldfish and no pants and watching the world go by in our courtyard while I try to squeeze in a few photos. We've got some big changes coming up, which we'll welcome as they come. At the very least, with the no pants, he can get a little sun on his legs and his tan lines don't look so intense.
June 14, 2017 — wonderpens

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Paul said:

I picked up a bottle of the Kyo No Oto #1 black, last time I was in. And seriously it has to be one of the nicest inks I have ever used. I can’t get enough of it.
Now, to pick up some more color….

wonderpens

wonderpens said:

I couldn’t agree more! It has really surprised me what a beautifully rich and well-flowing ink it is. It is now one of my favourite blacks :)

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wonderpens said:

I’m so glad that we were able to bring in some new inks to perk your interest! I love these hard to find items, especially from Japan, and hope you’ll like them, along with the 580 Turquoise. Happy birthday! :)

wonderpens

wonderpens said:

So glad to hear it! I love bringing in these harder-to-find ink lines and brands – it’s one of the best parts of a shop like ours, the ability to bring in these sorts of specialty items. Hope you enjoy! :)

wonderpens

wonderpens said:

All of the inks are available on our website – the Kyo Iro and the Kyo No Oto inks – if you are international outside of Canada, please send us an email orders@wonderpens.ca and we can set you up with a shipping quote from your address. Hope that helps!

Helene Peloquin

Helene Peloquin said:

Thanks so much, I am playing with my pen and new colors today. Have a great Saturday!

Susan

Susan said:

Beautiful inks how can I purchase some of them?

Anzan Hoshin

Anzan Hoshin said:

Thank you, Liz. I had never heard of this line of inks before. Very interesting.

Helene Peloquin

Helene Peloquin said:

Never heard of those inks before. Now I really have to place an order today, since it’s my birthday tomorrow. I will order some inks and the new TWSBI 580 Turquoise. Can’t wait!

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