The Yasutomo Sumi Set contains two brushes, a Sumi Stick, and a Suzuri Grinding Stone. It is a perfect beginning set for any Sumi-e artist.
Use the Suzuri Grinding Stone to make Sumi ink. It has a sloping indentation which forms a small well at one end. The Sumi Ink Stick is ground on the stone surface with plain water to produce liquid ink. Comes complete in a paper box.
Care and Usage of the Suzuri Grinding Stone - To avoid unevenness, indentations and grooves, grind the ink over the entire surface of the stone. Never leave the ink stick on the wet stone surface. It will adhere and damage the stone's surface. Wash the stone in plain water after each use. To preserve the surface of the stone, it is recommended that you wash the stone with your fingers.
Care and Usage of the Sumi Ink Stick - Throw away any left over ink, using this ink will produce inferior tones. Do not leave moisture on the Sumi Stick. Wipe it immediately with a cloth. Store ink sticks at moderate temperature and humidity.