Kin's Liquid Ink, Permanent China drawing ink 80ml


Easily one of the oldest stationery products we stock, China ink (or also known as India ink) is thought to have been produced as early as 3000 years BC in China used to print on precious stones, bamboo and wood. 

Today it is the reference ink for printmakers, calligraphers, artists and illustrators - lightfast, permanent, with great brilliance and sheen. Blacker than black, this ink is made from fine carbon particles and so is a pigment based ink, its colour deriving from a physical element (originally pine soot), not a chemical dye. 

The result is that this is a very high performing technical product. Once dry it can be painted over without bleeding (hence used widely by watercolorists and comic artists for outlining). It can be diluted into various shades of grey and used using layering technique. Chinese documents from the Han dynasty (200 AD) can attest to its top quality lightfastness as they are today still in perfect readable condition.

We have looked for this particular brand high and low - Made in Shanghai by a traditional ink maker, it possesses the essential retro appeal we look for in our selection. We cannot date it exactly, but we have a feeling this packaging has been around for some time - maybe circa 1960s

Not suitable for fountain pen, only brushes and dip pens

Contains 80ml of carbon black pigment ink