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Review: Kyo No Oto Kokeiro

The Kyo No Oto Kokeiro went on as a reassuring coat of dark olive green, offering an instant coat of confidence and protection.

I loaded this ink into some juicy nibs so I could have a closer look at details. Beautiful shading, but I didn’t observe sheening in this swatch.* Lesson learnt: my arm looked like an olive-spotted leopard at the end of the written review, due to my overzealous obsession with fat nibs. This wet ink is great for fine nibs, just note that drying time may take a bit longer for broader nibs.

The ink feels like a dark olive fruit, with an alluring lustre peering through like a green Peridot stone.

Definitely belonging to a warm palette, this luscious dark green is a great match
with pens of gold or copper accents. If you are looking for an evergreen, this could be an option. In fact, William Shakespeare favoured this shade for his velvet curtains. I also liked how the color is still relevant on grey-tinted paper – great for jotter book lovers.

For those of you curious to know the difference between Kyo No Oto Kokeiro and the Pelikan Edelstein Olivine – the latter is from the cool palette, the green is entirely different – something more moss-like, with a hint of blue peering out from the swabs.

All in all, a rather plump olive green ink that keeps well with time.

What the color reminds me of:
Pine needles that Bear Grylls uses for tea in the forest

What I used:
Kaweco Sport, BB Nib, Y-Studio M Nib,

Paper: Muji notecard, Tomoe River paper

Dry time ★★★☆☆ (1=slow, 5=fast)
Flow ★★★★☆ (1=dry, 5=wet)
Shading ★★★★☆ (1=low, 5=high)

* Do note that ink experiences and observations differ for individuals, and also dependent on the paper used. I often revisit inks even though I have swatched them before – sometimes I get a hint of sheen, but for some inks, this could be random occurrences.


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