Seal Ink Container

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Ceramic seal ink container

Store your seal ink in a non-porous container.

In Chinese these are called yinnihe 印泥盒. Porcelain is most commonly used in China though any glazed ceramic, glass, lacquer, or metal container can be used—anything that doesn’t absorb the oil from the ink and dry it out. The container’s lid doesn’t need to be airtight, but do keep the lid on when not in use so the ink won’t dry out. And, since good quality ink in a lidded container can last for many years, find a functional container you can enjoy.

Quality ink often comes in a container with a padded, decorative box and may include a seal paddle.
A wooden box, although pretty, is not a good idea for holding seal ink as the wood will absorb the oil and dry out the ink. Only use this kind of container if it is well sealed.

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  1. Lu

    Yan Luo from Inkston comments:
    “Just one comment I would like to make on the seal paste container. I have read your articles, which are very good. However, you said that the metal container can also be used. I do not agree. In fact, for handmade professional seal pastes, we should avoid using any metal container/mixer because the metal will damage the paste. Slowly, the seal paste will become very dark. There are chemical reactions.

    The best material to hold/ mix/ care handmade seal paste are: jade, porcelain, and glass. The best materials for the mixer (the tiny stick) can also be bone (especially ivory).”

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