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Kyo-Iro Flaming Red of Fushimi


Red inks are some of my favorites. It's a really good color for lists, notes, grading, letter writing, and signing holiday cards. The thing about being a fan of red inks is that there are SO MANY red inks, and they cover a surprisingly wide spectrum. This one seems to me to be a real middle-red. I don't have any problems with this ink. It's got good flow, but it's not out-of-control. It works perfectly well on copy papers, though there's a little bit of bleed when you use it in a broad stub (not that this is a surprise). It doesn't really shade or sheen, so it doesn't need any special paper to look good and it doesn't require any special care or cleaning. It's a perfectly nice ink.

This sample was provided for review by Anderson Pens, and you an find it on their site here.

I don't think it's going to make it into my regular red rotation, though. It just doesn't have the umph that I see in Sailor's Irori or Sheaffer's Skrip Red. I know those are too pink or too dark for some folks, so this might be right up their alley!

Written Review

I've just gotten a new light box, and these are the first review photos done in it. The pic above looks a little blue to me, but I got it figured out for the rest of the pictures.

Also! You'll notice that there aren't any color comparisons on that sheet. Scroll all the way down to find a bunch of color comparisons. Col-o-Ring cards are great, (and make good gifts to that ink-lover in your life).


These next couple are taken while the ink swab was wet. Pretty, right?

Copy Paper Test


Water Test and Video Review

Watch the video above to see even more color comparisons and a few more papers!

Okay: Color Comparison time!

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**This ink sample was provided for review by Anderson Pens. Free ink doesn't sway my reviews, and what you see is what I got.**

"Where've you been, Mike?!"

I just realized that it's been a few weeks since I posted to this part of the blog. If you're a person who only experiences Inkdependence in this medium, then it probably seems that I've just dropped off of the radar. For that, I apologize. I haven't quit pens and ink, or anything. I'm still here!

So, where've I been? Well, I've been on YouTube, mostly. The last couple of weeks have been full of unboxing videos and quick-looks at some things that I've bought, or been sent, for review. I'll link them into this post just in case you don't subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Also! I do a live hang-out on Fridays at 4pm Eastern Time.

My posting schedule will be a little bit erratic right now. It's the end of the semester, and this college lecturer has a bunch of stuff that has to be done now. I haven't even gotten my Christmas lights up yet! Sheesh.

See ya soon!

Here are the links to what I've been doing lately:

Kyo-Iro Soft Snow of Ohara


I think this is the first Kyo-Iro ink I've reviewed, and I hope all of them are as cool as Soft Snow of Ohara. This is a pretty new line of inks being carried by Anderson Pens, and they provided the sample for this review. I've got a couple more of these inks in the pipeline, and they're a cool new brand to have around. These inks are all made for the TAG stationary store in Kyoto, Japan. I think I have samples of all of the inks in the Kyo-Iro and Kyo-no-oto line, so let me know which ones you'd like to see reviewed.

Written Review


Copy Paper Test

There's a little bit of bleed on this paper, but it's not too bad. Also a little bit of feathering from the Cleo Skribent pen, for some reason. The FC's broad stub puts down more ink, but it behaved a little better.

Ink Journal Tomoe River

Inky Fingers Journal (Wheat straw paper)

Color Comparisons!

I didn't have anything in a pen that was all that close to Soft Snow, so I've got a bunch of cards to compare.

I thought it was going to be pretty close to the Purple Rock from Robert Oster, but it's not really all that close. Oh well.

Water Test and Video Review

Bonus Shot!

Robert Oster's Frankly Blue

Ink provided for review by Federalist Pens! Thanks!

 This is the ink that Robert Oster made to celebrate the first anniversary of Robert Oster inks in the USA. Federalist Pens was their first distributor, and that shop is owned by a really nice guy named Frank. What else would Robert Oster make to mark this occasion, but a dusky blue ink with some sheen! I tell ya, he's really got the market cornered on that sort of ink.

Check out this neat ink in the pictures below, the differences in the look of this ink from different nibs, and a whole raft of color comparisons! And, not for nothing, the video for this ink has a pretty good blooper at the end. Just sayin'.

Written Review

Close Ups:

Copy Paper Test

 A little bit of bleed from the Sailor Music Stub, but that's to be expected.

Other Papers!

Inky Fingers wheat paper:

 Ink Journal's Tomoe River

 Inky Fingers wheat paper:

Color Comparisons!

 Looking for a more expensive way to get this ink? Mix your own with Sailor's Storia inks!


Water Test and Video Review

***This ink was provided free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are mine, and all of the pictures are mine. Your mileage may vary. No guarantees were given, no money changed hands, and none of these are affiliate links.***