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Sailor Kobe # 27 Kounan Maroon


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#1 visvamitra


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Posted 08 November 2015 - 17:16




Kobe (神戸市 Kōbe-shi) is the sixth-largest city in Japan and is the capital city of Hyōgo Prefecture. It is located on the southern side of the main island of Honshū, on the north shore of Osaka Bayand about 30 km (19 mi) west of Osaka. With a population around 1.5 million, the city is part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area along with Osaka and Kyoto. Its name comes from "kanbe" (神戸), an archaic title for supporters of the city's Ikuta Shrine. Kobe became one of Japan's 17 designated cities in 1956.
Kobe is famous for its shirines and nioce architecture but among fountain pen and ink afficionados the name Kobe cause increased heart-rate. The city is a home of Nagasawa-Kobe stationery shop that offers incredible lione of more than fifty inks made by Sailor.



My master - plan is to prepare comparison of full line of Nagasawa-Kobe inks. Not an easy task as they're not the most obtainable inks on the market, but hopefully I'll manage to do it                                             :)
At the moment Nagasawa-Kobe offers 52 inks:

Thank you Cyber6 for a sample :)


Kounan Maroon is the ink I have a history with. I used to have two bottles of it but then I sold them. Now that I'm working on the full line comparison and received the sample I must admit I like it again. I'm not sure whether it's that much better than Oku-yama but in broad nibs this ink looks pretty rich. The color could be called Old Mauve but, let's be honest and less poetic, it reminds wine dregs quite a bit. The behaviour is great. I may consider buying it again once it becomes available again. I'm not sure yet though. 


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Posted 08 November 2015 - 20:39

                              This review could open a "new topic;"  Inks I have & sold (or given away, etc) & later "changed my mind" to purchase again!


                              As always a very tempting review.

Edited by Barkingpig, 08 November 2015 - 20:40.

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Posted 08 November 2015 - 22:39

I thought you've reviewed this one before? I could have mistaken though... Anyway this one is not bad. I like mine.

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Posted 09 November 2015 - 15:56

WOW! I think I like this ink.... 


I've only tried one other Kobe ink (Minatogawa Lime) and I immediately fell in love with it... I definitely want to try more Kobe inks, but they are hard to find. 

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Posted 09 November 2015 - 16:03

WOW! I think I like this ink.... 


I've only tried one other Kobe ink (Minatogawa Lime) and I immediately fell in love with it... I definitely want to try more Kobe inks, but they are hard to find. 



Actually.. of all the Sailor exclusive inks... this is the easiest to find.  Drop a line to Atsu (ebay: cool-japan) and he will get you all set up.  ;)


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Posted 09 November 2015 - 16:06

The pictures look a lot more purple than the bottle I got was.  I like the colour in your reviews, but I sold my bottle of this ink and I don't regret it.

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Posted 15 November 2015 - 14:16

Nagasawa-Kobe (Sailor ink) has 52 colors? And you're going to do a review for each? Thank you!
I'll certainly stay tuned for the rest. This Kounan Maroon is a stunner, (to my eye.) Sadly, I wish it had some water resistance. Thanks for the beautifully done review!

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Posted 15 November 2015 - 16:28

Yes, they have 52 colors and I'll review them all. I just need to find a sample of Wadamisaki Blue somewhere. The rest is done and waiting dor scanning and posting.

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Posted 16 November 2015 - 03:45

Thanks for the review.  This one looks interesting....

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Posted 18 November 2015 - 01:20

As soon as I saw this ink I immediately wondered if there are any Texas Aggies that might be interested. Looks like a ringer to me!!

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Posted 18 November 2015 - 08:53

i like this...

but will not buy this... i have similar colors 

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Posted 31 December 2015 - 02:32

Thank you, Vis. These reviews are a lot of work.

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Posted 31 December 2015 - 03:19

This is a great review!  I love, love, love this color.  Now, I am on a hunt for it!  And I love you name "old wine dregs". 

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