Brush, paper, ink and stone are the age-old objects known in China as the four treasures of the study. A number of publications describe in detail the characteristics of each one.
It is hard to recognize quality materials because many objects are produced mainly for decoration and cannot be used in calligraphy. The best thing is always to go to a specialist for supplies and to ask questions. If you are dealing with a real connoisseur, he will be pleased to talk with you. Don’t forget that a high price is no guarantee of quality. Should you buy Chinese or Japanese supplies? According to the experts, there is not much difference, except in the price because of the strength of the yen.
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