New Fountain Pen Inks Coming from Taccia

Taccia fountain pen ink

Taccia’s initial lineup will contain 13 inks, in a wide range of colors. They’ve got the standard colors blue, black, blue-black and red, plus orange, brown, green, purple, pink, purple-red, sky blue, olive green and golden wheat.

Shu-Jen R. Lin, Taccia’s brand manager, told me she’s getting everything ready for launch this fall, hoping the inks will be stores by mid-October. Her attention to detail is obvious. Everything from bottle to box looks great, and the setup at the Taccia table at the show was neat. Taccia had images showing samples of each ink with a crosshatch, a large circle, and a wide line, brushed with water. Plus, there were inked-up tester pens to try. It was a great way to pick an ink, because you got a complete overview, whether you intend to write or draw with them.

Here’s a photo of Taccia’s pen show setup, courtesy of a friend who wisely takes photos at pen shows.

Taccia pen show ink display

I tried all the inks at the show. A lot of the tester pens had very fine nibs, and I liked how good the inks looked with fine nibs. The 13 colors are in shades that should appeal to a wide audience — they aren’t difficult colors, or quirky or muddy. For example, Taccia’s standard green ink reminded me of J. Herbin’s Lierre Sauvage, one of the best regular greens I know.

The two most unusual colors were probably olive green (Uguisu) and golden wheat, and I liked them both, perhaps because they reminded me of inks I already love. Taccia Uguisu, which I bought, reminded me of Sailor Waka-Uguisu, and the golden wheat from Taccia reminded me of Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-ho.

Taccia Uguisu ink

Taccia says they chose colors “inspired by the Japanese way of seeing colors, in a very pure, honest, and innocent way. All of the colors should give you the feeling you had when you were a child and saw a set of crayons for the first time.”

It took me a while to choose only three bottles. I wanted two standard colors, for practicality, and I picked Kuro (black) and Aoguro (blue black). Of course I wanted the standard blue, too. (I’m me.) But I thought the third and last should be a fun color. Uguisu prevailed, though the orange, the golden wheat and the pink were also very tempting.

I’ll be doing reviews of the inks later, but my initial impressions are very positive. The inks are on the wetter side, and they are working well in the pens and handling different kinds of paper.

Of my three, the one I’m using the most is Taccia Kuro, in a Lamy 2000 with fine nib, because that’s a great combination for work. Kuro is a nice standard black. It looks extra dark in a wider nib, but in a fine nib it’s pretty close to Pelikan Brilliant Black, my reference black. Here is a closeup:

Taccia ink writing samples

Next is the blue black, Aoguro, and that’s a standard, gray-leaning blue black. It’s darker from my Kaweco Sport with an extra-fine nib, which helps legibility, but in a pen with a broad nib, below, it shades more. This is a Montblanc with broad nib.

Taccia ink writing samples

Of my three inks, obviously the most beautiful is Taccia Uguisu.

Taccia ink writing samples

Taccia kindly provides a lot of technical information about their inks. The pH value is neutral, and Taccia says the inks are “carefully formulated so that [they do] not damage pen resins and celluloids.” Safety seems to be emphasized: Taccia says that each ink has “the perfect balance of permeability and viscosity so it flows nicely on paper but also is not harsh on the pen nibs.”

As a person who firmly believes in judging a book by its cover, I just love the beautiful packaging. The most special touch is that each box is adorned with an illustration by Japanese illustrator Hiroshi Sato. The Kuro is probably my favorite.

Taccia Kuro fountain pen ink

The ink bottles have a nice wide mouth, and are blessedly free of any plastic reservoir or insert. There’s a sticker on top of the cap with the color and name of the ink, so you can identify the ink even when it’s out of the box. I really appreciate this thoughtful level of detail from Taccia.

Taccia inks are manufactured in Japan, by Nakabayashi Co., Ltd., the parent company of Taccia. The bottles contain 40 ml of ink, and I paid $12. Taccia is hoping to have these inks on the market this fall, perhaps as soon as later this month.


17 thoughts on “New Fountain Pen Inks Coming from Taccia

  1. I saw these inks at the DC Show in August and loved them. There seemed to be some confusion over whether Taccia would be able to distribute in the US at it seemed to depend on one specific shop agreeing to stock them (and if they said “no” then no one else would be allowed to carry them). I know nothing of the world of distribution so maybe this is a common situation – but it sounds as if it will be all systems go later in the autumn – so a belated thanks for bringing the good news!

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    1. You are welcome, and thank you for that interesting info! Maybe Taccia needed a big order to show there’d be enough interest in the US to justify the expense of distributing here? I’m glad it worked out.


  2. Looks good! I somehow overlooked these at the show. They appear to be very good choices for vintage pens, giving the option of some nice color varieties without adding any danger to the (physical) situation. I’m also impressed by the price point of the inks. Thanks for giving these some sunlight!

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    1. I think you hit the nail on the head. So far, they seem like very good everyday inks, and having all those colors is nice.

      I look forward to using them longer, too. I like to test the not-obvious things, like how they start up if neglected for a few days, and how they clean up. Which is why I’m the slowest reviewer ever. 😀

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        1. Well, I think I’m a bit of the first mouse in this situation. I keep my pens inked up longer, so you don’t have to. 🙂

          I just so happen to be working on a post about a different ink, in which that sort of adventurousness led me to a very nasty end. 🙂


  3. Sounds good, and thanks for the heads up on this. First and foremost I am an ink fanatic. I haven’t bought any ink in a good while though. I agree about the packaging, it looks perfect!

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