Sailor Manyou II ink series

Written by Catherine on Friday 4 September 2020 in Ink

Since Japanese Manyou poems mention over 160 species of plants and flowers, Sailor has an abundant choice to create a lot of dedicated inks. But, they decided to go slowly. So here they are, eight new Manyou II inks to enjoy!


PenBBS Chinese inks !

Written by Catherine on Saturday 13 April 2019 in Ink

In China PenBBS inks have been available for years and they were developed, tested, approved and adopted by a large group of fountain pen enthusiasts. It is now possible for ink lovers in the rest of the world experience writing with these Chinese fountain pen inks. In stock.


SAILOR ink studio inks are on our shelf.

Written by Catherine on Wednesday 13 February 2019 in Ink

The time we could only dream about Kobe or Bungbox inks is over :o) The Sailor Ink Studio inks are available in our store. 100 colours to explore !  


Krishna inks are conquering the world.

Written by Catherine on Thursday 19 July 2018 in Ink

Krishna inks are conquering the world.  The Krishna ink bottles contain 20ml. Just enough to try them the all :o)


InkMagique Inkclopedia !

Written by Catherine on Friday 1 June 2018 in Ink

InkMagique is not a new ink. It is a world of ink where you are in the lead. InkMagique is an initiative of Sakura Fountain Pen Gallery to make your hobby with ink better and nicer. Curious ? Welcome to InkMagique !

Create your own InkMagique Inkclopaedia.
Why don’t you create your own inkclopaedia ? With one glance you can see what type of ink you have on the shelf. After all, in a pot every colour looks the same. And a binder allows you to make an overview to suit your personal taste and mood. That way you can spend hours on end creating swatches and enjoying, rearranging, admiring and sharing your passion with other ink aficionados.


The Sakura InkMagic Inkclopaedia is a starter set with 1 ring binder, 10 display pockets and 75 standard ink test cards.


Bindewerk ring binders add a dash of style to your filing cabinet. They're available in fun designs and a host of colours, just perfect for storing all your ink samples. They have a sturdy 2-ring lever mechanism, a handy grip hole and a matching self-adhesive spine label.



Rillstab visiting card pockets are perfect for sorting your ink sample cards because they're transparent. Also, with no matt ridges there’s no problem with colour interpretation. Each pack has 10 display pockets (enough for 10 x 10 compartments). Of course, they're also great for visiting cards :o)


It's important to have good paper for your ink cards: not too thick and not too thin, absorbent but not too fast, white but not too white. After extensive tests, we opted for Viking 1914 - 308 g Professional Norma paper that enhances the full colour of the ink. One box contains 75 cards with dimensions 8.5 x 5.5 cm. They fit snugly in the Rillstab display pockets. N.B. Viking Norma paper is permanent paper.

A few handy tips.
It’s best to decide on the sorting method in advance, so you don’t have to rearrange your cards just as you’re getting started. Of course, that can be fun but it does kind of defeat the purpose!

You can classify your ink samples by brand, colour, tint, theme or property such as wet inks, dry inks, Iron Gall, permanent, etc ...

You can apply an ink to different types of paper and put them together in one display pocket. That way you can discover different colour variations using the same ink and try out a diverse range of paper qualities.

Instead of painting, you can tastefully decorate the cards with motifs, dashes or drawings of your choice. Alternatively, you can create text cards or tiny leporelo's with various types of writing instruments or other artistic tools, such as a glass pen. Adding a chromatography sample is also a nice idea. You can then work with highly absorbent paper, water and ink.

Washing, brushing, painting, dyeing, colouring... whatevering!
You can make ink samples with a cotton tip, but you get better results when you apply the ink with a (flat) brush.

This is how Marjolein does it:
At the top 2x stripes, in the middle 1x stripe and at the bottom a stroke with a dab of water. That way you can create variations of saturation and colour.

The Nick Stewart way:
While the ink is still partly wet, apply a motif and/or a text using a dip pen with a bleach mixture (half water - half bleach). On Nick’s blog you will find heaps of inspiration.


Creating an incklopaedia is fun. It is more then just “swatching around”. It’s a hobby, it makes you happy. It connects people online and offline. It deserves the best place on your shelf. So what are you waiting for ? Get started with your personal Inkclopaedia !

Thank you Marjolein for lending your magnificent ink map !


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