So, which would you choose? Or is "the one" still eluding you?
I must admit, I loved everything about the Kobe . . . . but it was a little on the red side for me!
Yes, I think Steen Rood and Ancient Copper may be functionally identical, but have you ever had that thing where you circle back to something you initially hated and find that you love it after all? Such (self-)confrontations are partly what makes working with color so interesting (but not always thrifty!)?
Steen Rood didn't work in my Waterman, which needs to have the flow increased (so, dull brown!), but in my big wet Duke Fude it is what I was looking for . . . . maybe?
(pardon my spelling!)
p.s. Well done you on the "Stormy Sea"!
Blues are my most neglected area after red (and reds tending purple are probably my absolute black hole!)
I know exactly what you mean about circling back to an ink that you once didn't care for - it has happened more times than I can count in my short time using fountain pens (~6 years). Ancient Copper was something that I had tried as one of my first 10 or so inks, and thought it was just OK. Fast forward a few years and here we are. It certainly does help that I have a diverse enough number of pens that most inks will be able to pair with one of them, much moreso than my fine- and medium-nibbed Pilot Metros could do back in those days.
Keeping this in mind, I think I will opt to go with the Ancient Copper in a 30 mL vial and that will satisfy the itch for this color. It is a little silly for me to rationalize it this way considering my already too bulky ink collection, but 120mL of this color is a bit too much for me, especially since I have a bottle of Renga. It is easy to say it since Steenrood appears to be sold out everywhere in the States anyway! I do really like the Akkerman bottle, so maybe I will look through their smaller standard line for something unique.