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How is ink made?
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What is the Chinese ink stone usually made of?
The ink stone is a stone mortar for grinding and containment of ink. The oldest ink stones were made out of pottery, but by the 7th century the Chinese had produced a ceramic ink stone. The most important part of the stone is the flat service to grind the ink on. A high quality ink stone produces fine thick ink quickly. Ink should never be allowed to dry in the stone because it can damage it.