Inkstone, one of the traditional Chinese handicraft products, is called the Four Treasures of Chinese Traditional Literature by combining inkstone with pen, ink and paper. Inkstone is a necessary tool for Chinese calligraphy, and it is used for writing or painting to grind ink. Inkstone platform went through Qin, Han, Wei and Jin dynasties, and since the Tang Dynasty, stone suitable for inkstone production has been found in various places, and the production of inkstone platform based on stone has begun.


There are two ways of grinding: one is the large circle type, the other is the up-and-down saw type, recommending the large circle type, so that the grinding scope is larger, not only concentrated in a certain area, inkstone use more uniform. When grinding, hold the ink bar, press one side of the ink bar at the circular concave of the inkstone platform, press the ink to be heavy, then slide clockwise to grind, moving slowly, adding a little water while grinding, do not worry, so that the ink is rich and even.

Try to be fresh every day, so as not to let ink hurt inkstone quality, but also to present the best ink color. If the grinded ink is used the next day or longer, the ink will be gelatinous, and will change in varying degrees due to the weather, and the ink will become grey.

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Inkstone, which evolved from the grinder of primitive society. Inkstone in its early stage, with primitive form, was grinded into ink by pressing ink balls on a polished stone tool. In the Han Dynasty, there were carvings on inkstones with stone caps and feet under them. From Wei Jin to Sui Dynasty, circular porcelain inkstones appeared, with more than three feet. Dustpan inkstone is a common inkstone type in Tang Dynasty. It is similar to dustpan. One end of the inkstone floor falls to the ground and the other end is supported by foot. In Tang and Song Dynasty, the shape of inkstone platform was more diversified. Inkstone material is also widely used, among which, Duan Inkstone in Zhaoqing, Guangdong, Inkstone in Shexian, Anhui, Taohe Inkstone in Zhuoni, Gansu, and Chengni Inkstone in Jiangxian, Shanxi are the most prominent.