Taccia Uguisu Ink, produced by Japanese pen maker, Taccia, is one of 13 newly introduced ink colors. Taccia Pen Company has been making high-quality writing instruments for many years and has continued that tradition in its ink manufacturing. Taccia inks are basic colors or what they refer to as “true colors” as seen by a child’s eye. They flow well and have been specifically manufactured to be PH neutral, so they are safe to use in even sensitive resin and celluloid fountain pens. We have been a proud retailer of Taccia products for many years and continue that relationship by offering a full selection of Taccia fountain pen inks.
Taccia Uguisu ink is a wonderful muted olive green that is quite beautiful. The ink is not too dark, as some greens that show up almost black on paper. The color is just right for use in most situations. Taccia inks come in 12 other simple or true colors such as blue-Ao, sky blue-Sora, brown-Cha, green-Midori, orange-Daidai, and pink-Momo. Taccia Uguisu-Olive Green ink is one of the few non-traditional colors produced by Taccia along with Golden Wheat-Tsuchi and Purple-Red-Ebi.
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We found the following traits during our review of Taccia Uguisu ink that you may find useful when choosing your next ink color:
For our review of Taccia Uguisu ink, we used a French-made J. Herbin glass dip pen on Rhodia dot pad paper. The glass dip pen performs similar to a medium-fine fountain pen nib.
Taccia Uguisu ink comes in a 40 ml. glass bottle with a similar shape to a 50 ml. bottle of Sailor Jentle ink. The Taccia bottle has a wide mouth easy to open lid with a small sticker reflecting the color of the ink on top. Each bottle comes in a well-designed cardboard box with both Japanese and English text. The Taccia ink box presentation is very professional with artwork by renowned Japanese illustrator, Hiroshi Sato.
Taccia Uguisu ink retails for $12.00 in the USA, which makes it a very reasonable and economical ink option, especially for high-quality Japanese ink.
We found a fairly reasonable dry time of approximately 7-8 seconds during our review of Taccia Uguisu ink. Please note that different pens and paper used will produce different results.
During normal use, we found no bleeding at all while testing Taccia Uguisu ink. Even during our cotton swab test, we found no bleeding, except at the wettest portion of the test a slight bit of bleed through was found.
During our review of Taccia Uguisu ink, we found no feathering at all. Even during our water test, we found very little additional feathering. Taccia Uguisu ink held up very well during this review and the lines remained distinct and legible.
We conducted a water test during our review, where we ran a wet cotton swab over a dried ink sample. The results were some color smearing, but no real line distortion, as the lines remained clear and distinct. Taccia Uguisu ink is not a water-proof ink but held up quite well under our water test.
Taccia Uguisu ink has the ability to shade quite a bit with the right nib, paper, and penmanship. There is a possibility for shades between a dark olive green with a slight red sheen for very wet strokes to a light muted green.
Conclusions about Taccia Uguisu ink
Taccia has done a good job with its new ink colors, resulting in high quality yet affordable Japanese ink. Uguisu ink is a unique olive green color, that shows well on paper. The ink has reasonable dry time, some shading tendencies and is economically priced. Taccia Uguisu ink could be used as an everyday ink color, or for those special notes, journals or other projects requiring a unique olive green color. Happy Writing from Japan!
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