Friday, May 5, 2017

INKTASTIC: KYO-IRO STONE ROAD OF GION INK REVIEW

Inktastic Kyo-Iro Stone Road of Gion ink review
Kyo-Iro is my first encounter with this relatively new -at least in our regions- Japanese ink manufacturer, and it's quite a good one! It's a collection of inks developed by and for the TAG stationery store in Kyoto, but luckily instead of keeping it store-exclusive (I'm looking at you, Sailor!), they are distributed worldwide. I went for Stone Road of Gion because I seem to be enjoying a lot of moody, darker inks lately, and Stone Road of Gion fits that description completely. 
Inktastic Kyo-Iro Stone Road of Gion ink review
It has a strong vintage look about it, the color -somewhat remniscent of the brown hue of those really old photographs- is kind of a balance between grey and brown, with very low saturation and quite light. 
Inktastic Kyo-Iro Stone Road of Gion ink review
The color itself is unique, which was enough reason for me to choose this one. You see, after 100+ inks, it becomes quite hard to find something completely new, and refreshing. Another reason to like this ink is the incredibly neat shading, that ranges to a very dark brown in some areas, and depending on which pen and nib you use. 
Inktastic Kyo-Iro Stone Road of Gion ink review
Inktastic Kyo-Iro Stone Road of Gion ink review
Inktastic Kyo-Iro Stone Road of Gion ink review
As far as other properties go, you'll have a hard time finding sheen, because there isn't any. But that's not too uncommon for grey/brown inks. It's quite a well-behaved ink in terms of feathering and bleedthrough. Dry times are relatively long, and it's not a very 'lubricated' ink.
Inktastic Kyo-Iro Stone Road of Gion ink review
Inktastic Kyo-Iro Stone Road of Gion ink review
The main disadvantage of Kyo-Iro inks is their price, as they currently run around 25 EUR or higher for a 40ml bottle. Appelboom, who also provided the ink for this review, also offers small sample vials with a couple of ml to try before you buy, and see if it's worth the money.
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Note: Appelboom is a sponsor of this blog. This product was sent, free of charge, so I could write this review. I was in no way influenced in the making of this review, the opinions shared in this review are completely my own! This post does not contain affilate links.
Inktastic Kyo-Iro Stone Road of Gion ink review

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