Gokujo-Kinshokaku inkstick ( Brownish black, Real gold leaf, 極上金松鶴 ) -

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Gokujo-Kinshokaku inkstick ( Brownish black, Real gold leaf, 極上金松鶴 ) -


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 Gokujo means "super, exquisite". Shokaku means a pine tree and a crane. They are both symbols of good luck and prosperity in Japan and China.

極 ( goku : super ) 

上 ( jou : top )

金 ( kin : gold )

松 ( shou : pne tree )

鶴 ( kaku : crane ) 

 Width 32mm, Length 130mm, Thickness 15mm, Weight 82grams 

The main ingredient is superb rapeseed (canola) oil.

When painting dark black, the color is glossy. When painting pale black, it is brownish black.

Kinmaki means applying gold leaf. This is the most suitable ink for painting.

Real gold leaf is applied to enhance the preservation of the ink. It also makes the ink apply more smoothly.

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