Taccia Ukiyo-e Hokusai Saibimidori Fountain Pen Ink is part of Taccia’s new series, the Ukiyo-e ink series. With 21 different fountain pen ink colors in their current lineup, Taccia offers a solid variety of fountain pen inks. The Taccia fountain pen ink lineup provides a respectable array of basic ink colors, with some more specialized and unique ink color options in their newest ink series release.
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All About the Ink Maker: Taccia
Taccia released its first line of inks in 2018. The Japanese ink company’s first fountain pen ink line included 13 basic primary colors.
The new Ukiyo-e Ink Series comes in two sub-set series: 1) Hokusai Series (Japanese Landscape Series) and 2) Sharaku Series (Facial-Character Series). Both the Hokusai and Sharaku Series include four different ink colors for a total of 8 inks included in the full Ukiyo-e ink line.
All Taccia inks are made in Japan, and they are also all safe for use with fountain pens.
All About This Week’s Chosen Ink: Taccia Sabimidori Ink
Taccia Sabimidori Fountain Pen Ink is included in the Hokusai subseries (Japanese Landscape). This fountain pen ink is a particularly unique color. The ink goes down in a medium to high saturation and shows as blue-grey turning into a rust green color.
When Taccia’s Sabimidori ink dries, you’ll notice it changes to a blue-green-grey color. You’ll also see blue undertones come out when you get the ink wet. Wet lines dried a deep mountain green/grey color, and the lighter lines dried a blue/grey color.
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Taccia Ukiyo-e Hokusai Saibimidori Fountain Pen Ink Review
During our review, we tested Taccia Ukiyo-e Hokusai Saibimidori Fountain Pen Ink for all the characteristics you need to know before you decide to add another ink to your collection. Run through the list below, check out the results, and make an informed decision before bringing another fountain pen ink home.
Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):
In the interest of keeping things scientific (and for your info), we’re listing the overall controls for our weekly ink reviews right here. For our review of Taccia Ukiyo-e Hokusai Saibimidori Fountain Pen Ink, we used a French-made J Herbin spiral glass dip pen on Rhodia dot pad paper. The glass dip pen’s tip is similar to a fine-medium fountain pen nib.
Don’t forget – different papers and nib sizes may produce different results. Remember this when deciding whether or not to add this unique ink color from Taccia’s new Ukiyo-e Hokusai ink series to your collection!
What Sort of Ink Bottle Does Taccia Use?
Taccia Sabimidori is a bottled fountain pen ink that is sold in a 40 ml. bottle. The ink bottle is a square shape (handy for easy placement) and is made of heavy-weight glass. Taccia’s packaging is very professional – we’d go so far as to categorize their packaging as fantastic. On top of being clean and professional, Taccia includes internal protection for their inks, which is always appreciated for anyone ordering ink online.
The Hokusai Series (Japanese Landscape series) packaging includes a lovely Japanese landscape design (you see what they did there) with different depictions of Mount Fuji. The Sharaku Series (Japanese Characters) packaging includes images of traditional Japanese caricatures.
Each box containing a Taccia Ukiyo-e series ink bottle also comes with an internal placard with the artwork sample of all eight ink bottles in the series.
How Much Does Taccia Ukiyo-e Hokusai Sabimidori Ink Cost?
Taccia Sabimidori is available in a 40 ml. bottle at a fair price. Moe expensive than Taccia’s regular line of ink, the Ukiyo-e series of inks is still a mid-range priced ink. Check current pricing at PenChalet.com.
How Fast Does Taccia Ukiyo-e Hokusai Sabimidori Fountain Pen Ink Dry?
Taccia Ukiyo-e Hokusai Sabimidori fountain pen ink had a dry time of approximately 12-13 seconds during our ink review with medium to high saturation. Definitely a longer dry time in comparison to other inks on the market, the Taccia ink may not be a common everyday ink option for most fountain pen users.
Does Taccia Ukiyo-e Hokusai Sabimidori Fountain Pen Ink Bleed Through?
During normal use of Taccia Ukiyo-e Hokusai Sabimidori fountain pen ink, we saw no bleeding. During the heavy saturated cotton swab test, we did see some very slight bleeding, but only at the wettest points.
Was There Any Feathering While Using Taccia Ukiyo-e Hokusai Sabimidori Fountain Pen Ink?
During normal use, we saw no feathering. We only saw slight feathering during the water test.
How Does Taccia Ukiyo-e Hokusai Sabimidori Fountain Pen Ink Stand Up to Water?
While this week’s ink is not a waterproof fountain pen ink, we did include a water test in the review. (For the water test, we let an ink sample dry for about 3 minutes before running a wet cotton swab over the sample). The water test resulted in significant blue color smearing and slight feathering, but the lines were still legible.
Does Taccia Ukiyo-e Hokusai Sabimidori Fountain Pen Ink Have Good Shading Traits?
If you have a nib that allows good ink flow variation (like the stub or italic nib), Taccia Ukiyo-e Hokusai Sabimidori fountain pen ink has some nice shading traits. You can see a rust green-grey color to a blue-grey color with a few more shades in between.
Final Conclusion on Taccia Ukiyo-e Hokusai Sabimidori Fountain Pen Ink:
Taccia Ukiyo-e Hokusai Sabimidori fountain pen ink is available at a good, mid-range price and comes from a well-regarded Japanese pen company. The packaging and fountain pen ink bottle are both top-notch even though at 40 ml., the ink bottle is a bit smaller than the more typical 50 ml. ink bottle.
Taccia’s Sabimidori fountain pen ink is a unique color that changes as it dries. An excellent addition to the series of 8 ink colors in Taccia’s Ukiyo-e ink series, Sabimidori is one of the four Hokusai (Japanese Landscape) sub-series fountain pen inks. This week’s ink definitely has a longer drying time (over 10 seconds), but it is also unarguably a high-performance ink safe for fountain pens. Hopefully, this review will be helpful to you as you consider one of Taccia’s newest inks. Happy writing from Japan!
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