I have been in touch with a few collectors
and suppliers of inkstone for quite a while. Haven't made up my mind to make web
pages for them until I travel close to the home of the Xie inkstone in my HuangShan
Trip. I was amazed by inkstone's beauty, again. So here comes these pages.
ancient times when there were no ball pens, everyone had to grind ink before
they could write. To use an inkstone, you pour a little water onto the inkstone,
grind an ink stick (solid ink pieces about the size of 2 fingers) on it and you
get ink. I bet literate people back then got big right arms (assume they weren't
The 4 Famous Inkstones of China are:
(map of Chinese
(THE most famous), Song, Ma Ji (Plum Blossom), etc.
- Don't know yet.
Nowadays, there is a 5th well-know inkstone - "resin
inkstone". Costs about $10 a big piece, heavy, cool to the touch,
nice "carving", and looks very real. But technically, it is a
piece of "inkPlastic".
In modern days, inkstones are used for
decorative purpose more than anything else. Kam's idea is that if it pleases the
eyes that much, why not?
Hong Kong is just next to the GuangDong
province so it's easy to get Duan inkstones. And blessed by god, it's the top
ranked inkstone of China. Lucky me.