Bungubox is a sweet little stationery store in Hamamatsu, Japan, which is about halfway between Osaka and Tokyo. They have recently gained notoriety for their popular ink range which is both beautiful and unique.
Unique, custom Sailor inks have always been popular, due to their rareness and uniqueness of their colours – it really is amazing how many different ink colours one single company can manage to produce. BunguBox inks have been popular mostly due to their unique colour range and also because they are so difficult to obtain – they are rumoured to produce each colour only once a year.
There are a number of blue inks in the Bungubox range, with 4B (Bungubox Blue Black) and Sapphire being their more popular colours. One of the lesser talked about inks in this range is the Omaezaki Sky, a soft, pale, sky blue, as you might expect from the name.
This ink, in wider nibs, exhibits beautiful shading and almost looks like it has a pink tinge on the outer perimeter of the ink. The colour ranges from a cornflower blue to a light sky blue. Being such a light colour, the ink dries quickly and doesn’t smudge after drying, unlike some other inks I can think of. There is also no sheening.
Depending on the wetness of your nib and the strength of your eyesight, the ink can become difficult to read with finer nibs. The TWSBI Broad nib I use for these reviews is significantly drier than the Medium used and you can see that it becomes a little difficult to see in the broad width, but darker in the medium. Its much to light for me in the fine nib.
Its quite a unique ink in my collection. Diamine China Blue has a touch more green to it and Iroshizuku Tsuyu Kusa is significantly darker. Haha has multichromatic properties and shows green and purple/pink.
This ink is such a beautiful colour but it’s a little impractical for day to day use. The ink just becomes too light in most pens that I use. Like all of the other inks in the Bungubox range, its extremely well behaved and performs well on all papers tested.
Like any other colour in the Bungubox range, if there’s a colour that takes your fancy, pick it up – you can’t go wrong with Sailor or Bungubox inks. They are a little expensive if you’re not physically purchasing it from Japan, but I’ve yet to be disappointed by any ink in this range.
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