A penpal introduced me to what she called "el cheapo" ink and when I asked about it (since I had never heard of it) she directed me to the eBay site. She was right, the ink is very inexpensive at $3.50 per bottle.
The following is from Asian Treasure Hunt's Blog and will give you the background on this ink:
I want to introduced the new reserved ink of my store.
It is named by the Silk Road. The reason for it is that when I traveled the silk road in the central Asia to East Asia. it was a great journey and in between I found myriads of interesting things.
During this Journey my ink colors name came out precisely in Japanese characters
1) Green Matcha color
2) Asuka brown color
3) Black tenmoku color
4) Violet Ebine touran
5) Blue Imari color.
These all colors have color history inspired from the Silk Road.
You can check out my eBay store for more information and also available in great price.
I purchased 2 bottles of each color, because although the ink is inexpensive, the shipping is not, so by combining orders you can get a great deal. These bottles, 50 ml, worked out to $5.70 each. That's very inexpensive.
Here is my package and how the ink arrives:
No fancy glass bottles, but I don't know about you, I really would prefer to pay for good ink. I can always buy a fancy inkwell if I really want one. It's interesting that the ink is packaged separately from the bottles in which it is ultimately stored, but I like the shape of these bottles, that triangular configuration will allow the pen is sip up most if not all the ink in the bottle. Of course, I have yet to get to the bottom of any ink bottles. Just so you know, I was assured by Raul of Asian Treasure Hunt, that the ink is perfectly safe for all fine fountain pens.
Ok, so here is the review, I did two on different qualities of paper.
The verdict? I really like this ink and I'm very excited to have an inexpensive alternative to all those overpriced inks out there. The bottle is smartly designed and the focus is on the ink not a fancy bottle. This color really is much closer to Iroshizuku's tsutsuji than it appears in the scan. It doesn't have as much shading as I would like, but for the price I can get over that. During the next few weeks or so I will be review the other colors.
So, now a surprise. I told you that I purchased two bottles of each of these inks, so I thought that I would give my loyal readers an opportunity to try it for themselves.
You know the rules, same as the old rules:
1. You must be a regular follower of my blog, either through Google, email or an RSS feed. Please just tell me how you are following.Good luck!! and thank you for reading.
2. You must contact me within 7 days of announcement of the winner.
3. You do NOT need to be a U.S. resident, I am thrilled to recognize my International readers as well and will ship worldwide.