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  1. white_lotus

    Sailor Kobe #40 Sumiyoshi Brown

    As well documented in Visvamitra's epic review of all the Sailor Kobe inks, there are many interesting inks in this line. Sumiyoshi brown is one. Many, if not most, browns on the market today have a strong red component, and there are very few cool browns available. This ink is one. I find it has a very vintage vibe to it. The origin of this ink could be in the Japanese brush painting tradition, but perhaps someone with better knowledge of this could confirm that. This ink is not a match for the classic Parker Penman Mocha, but it leans much more in that direction than many other brown inks
  2. Arctic_Wolf

    Favorite Nagasawa Kobe Ink?

    Title sums it up, but for more info I'm looking to start collecting these after having completed Kingdom Note, Pen-and-Message, SanKoDo, lines and most of Bung-Box's lines (still waiting on a couple seasonal inks to show up... looking at you Ebisgold)
  3. I ordered a sample of #49 alongside my bottle of #45, just to check it out. Both are rich, complex inks, but #45 is so severe that, if you're looking for a Grey-green, #49 might be an option worth looking at? Here's to mysteries worth exploring!
  4. Wistful-Ink

    Nine Light Green And Green Inks

    I'm on a quest to find the perfect ink for each of many different color and other categories. Here's what I have for greens thus far For greens, I'm looking for two different types of greens: Light green - a beautiful vibrant light tea green with lots of shading.Green - a solid green with some shading and/or sheen, not too blue or yellow, and not dark or olive green. For this review, I've done a comparison of the following inks thus far: Diamine - Emerald Ink sample vialNagasawa Kobe - #19 Minatogawa Lime Ink sample vialVinta Inks - Sea Kelp
  5. I have always loved and used Herbin Rouille D'Ancre, which, for all its quirks (listed elsewhere) I find to be a unique "Gentleman's Pink". . . . . until I discovered a near doppelganger which, ulp, might be an improvement on the original (although similarly loathed by reviewers on here!). . . . . and then yesterday a third, although this one tends a bit more "rust" . . . . which might also make it the salmon/coral that I have been searching for but not yet found? Still in the heady days of first love here, so I'll report back with clearer spectacles as the roses fall off, but here's a first
  6. jandrese

    Kobe #65 Shinjuku Jet Black

    Recently purchased a sample of this ink from Vanness. Looks like I will be needing more of this Kobe #65 Shinjuku Jet Black. It's a very well behaved dark black ink with a hint of blue. Excellent flow, generous without gushing No feathering Some show through Good lubrication No troubles with ignition Modest water resistance but I reckon not permanent. A highly useable, yet, interesting black ink for daily use and joy. Won't let you down and provides a bit of sheen plus a hint of blue for a richer experience. Can see it compared to Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi, which is another black i
  7. lgsoltek

    Sailor Kobe Le Monet Violet

    This is a limited edition ink from Nagasawa Kobe, Monet Violet, to celebrate a Zurich Museum exhibition in Japan. One of the painting exhibited is a Monet's Water Lily Pond. Obviously the ink is violet, to replicate the colour of water lilies. PACKAGING This ink comes in a gorgeous box. http://s1.homezz.com/201503/5915/50375_z.jpg I unfolded the box and scanned it (and joined the two parts with software): http://s2.homezz.com/201503/5915/50369_o.jpg As you can see it's the box that attracts me and motivated my purchase. And the bottle, very pretty as well: http://s1.homezz.com/20
  8. There have been a number of reviews of the Sailor Nagasawa Kobe line of inks, most recently by visvamitra showcasing the whole line. Starting with #1 https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/299898-sailor-kobe-01-rokko-green/?p=3497945 And his review of #3 https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/299024-sailor-kobe-3-old-foreigner-ward-sepia/?p=3485273 The usual test papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, Hij=Hammermill 28lb inkjet, TR=Tomoe River. Unfortunately the iPhone seems to not understand dark brown, and always thinks "black". It is so wrong. I've fiddled with the settings t
  9. white_lotus

    Sailor Kobe #52 Shioya Vintage Sepia

    As many know from Visvamitra's epic review of the Kobe Nagasawa line of inks made by Sailor, these are the most extensive line of Sailor inks. Originally they were 50 inks. But they've been adding a new ink every now and then so the line is up to #55 or #56 now. This is #52. I love sepia inks, but as dpritch's epic review of Sepia inks shows, the color range on this ink is quite large. And this one is kind of over at the red-brown range which often gets called "sepia" in the labeling and marketing romance of inks. This is one of the few inks that when I received it and inked up, I was a bit
  10. Very recently I have developed a keen interest in the "ink" side of the fountain pen hobby versus the pen side. The Japan store exclusive inks in particular such as the wonderful Kobe Nagasawa ink line. Up until now my ink choices have tended toward the safe European brands such as Montblanc, which sadly don't offer much in the way of sheen, though do often produce nice shading. My new interest in Sailor inks has seen me build up a small collection of Sailor Pro Gear fountain pens. The Sailor Pro Gear Slim in particular. When you have a million new inks to try, the cartridge converter fi
  11. I became aware of the world of fountain pens (other than Montblanc) through Goulet on Youtube earlier this year and got sucked in. I write a lot so initially this was all justified, but now its clearly gotten out of control. Goulet no longer sell Sailor, so it took a couple months, but I then became aware of Sailor and how supposedly great Sailor inks were. Of course it was not long after that I became aware of their special store inks. I also found out that I missed out on when Sailor was offering the old style tall bottles more commonly with their regular inks, and everything I was buying no
  12. InkyAddiction

    Your Favorite Japanese Inks?

    Hello FPN. My first post here, and a bit of a crosspost from /r/fountainpens, but I figured I would tap your infinite wisdom while I can! I'm currently in Japan, and have picked up quite a few inks so far: Iroshizuku Tsuki-YoBung Box Sapphire "First Love"Bung Box Kabayaki Hamanako EelCustom Green Sailor ink for Morita Pen Shop in OsakaSailor Maruzen Eternal BlueKWZ Ink IG TurquoiseKobe Ink #6 BordeauxKobe Ink #44 Seaside HomeSailor Jently Yama-DoriANYWAYS, while my wallet is crying no, my fountain pens are crying yes, so I'm turning to you guys: If you were in Japan right now, what inks(ob
  13. jasonchickerson

    Five Pine-Y Sailor Greens

    Sailor makes such fantastic inks, especially greens. Spurred by the generosity of our very awesome Claudia, I've put together a five-way comparison of pine green Sailor inks. You know, for those of you who need a reason to buy more. Er, right. Thanks, C.! Writing Samples http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0123.jpg Lamy 2000 F/M on Clairfontaine Triomphe http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0124.jpg Lamy 2000 F/M on Rhodia R http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0121.jpg Lamy 2000 F/M on Tomoe River T
  14. white_lotus

    Sailor Kobe #36 Sakae-Machi Indigo

    Sailor makes a number of store-exclusive inks for shops in Japan. The inks available fro, the Kobe Nagasawa shop is practically a line of inks all on it's own. Current up to 62 inks as of this writing. They are perhaps the easiest of the store exclusive inks to obtain, especially at reasonable prices. They can be found at Vanness Pen Shop online store, as well as Nagasawa's own page on Amazon. You can also get them through cool-japan on ebay. This particular color doesn't seem to get much interest. I bought a sample while ordering some other inks. For starters, there's nothing wrong with t
  15. white_lotus

    Sailor Kobe #37 Harbor Island Blue

    Sailor makes a number of store-exclusive inks for shops in Japan. The inks available fro, the Kobe Nagasawa shop is practically a line of inks all on it's own. Current up to 62 inks as of this writing. They are perhaps the easiest of the store exclusive inks to obtain, especially at reasonable prices. They can be found at Vanness Pen Shop online store, as well as Nagasawa's own page on Amazon. You can also get them through cool-japan on ebay. This particular color doesn't seem to get much interest. I bought a sample while ordering some other inks. The name also appears as Minatojima Island B
  16. Uncial

    Kobe Price Increase

    For a little while now I've been happily buying a bottle of Kobe ink every other month. They came in at about 16.99 with free shipping. Seemed reasonable enough and they usually slipped in under the attention of the import duties due to everything on the label being in Japanese. Today though, I was left in shock. They are now 27.99! That's almost double the price. I didn't notice the huge price jump or see anyone mention it. I'm not sure I really want to pay that price for ink; especially when there are so many others around that are under a tenner and are good inks. Does anyone know of a UK o
  17. white_lotus

    Sailor Kobe #1 Rokko Green

    Sailor Kobe Nagasawa #1 Rokko Green (Upper Green) I bought this ink quite a while ago, late 2015, and actually never got around to even using it, let alone writing a review. Shame on me, right? This is a murky green, and lovers of this color range can rejoice in the wonderful range of colors encompassing this term. And Sailor makes some nice ones. The ink leans slightly towards blue rather than yellow. It's quite dark, but not as dark as BB Dandyism. It's more green than Sailor Miruai and less neutral than KWZ Foggy Green, the latter being the nearest in color from the KWZ range that I hav
  18. errantmarginalia

    Kobe #27 Kounan Maroon

    I don't think having both this one and Oku-yama is necessary, but if Oku-yama is a little too red/pink for you, then this one might be worth a look: Nice sheen: Comparison with Oku-yama (Oku-yama on the left, Kounan Maroon on the right): And again:
  19. errantmarginalia

    Sailor Kobe No. 23 Nagata Blue

    This is a really nice ink, but it's essentially an Iroshizuku Shin-kai clone. If someone is looking for a bluer, more interesting alternative to Sailor's usual Blue Black, then this is the ink to get. It behaves perfectly; I just wish it weren't as close to an ink I already own and use all the time. http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j426/moducasse/IMG_000133_zps046220e3.jpg http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j426/moducasse/IMG_000134_zps28dae7ff.jpg Interestingly, Tomoe River makes the two inks look completely different. It brings out the blue in the Shin-kai (fourth line), while brin
  20. napalm

    Kobe #14 Maya Lapis

    If you ever wanted a slightly more serious looking Asa Gao with less shading and playful light blue highlights, this is probably what you're looking for. Will fit better in office/business use while still retaining the overall hue of Asa. I've included a scan of Asa with the same scanner parameters, you can save both images on your computer and quickly flip between them to get an idea of the differences. To me Maya looks like a less contrasty version of Asa (less difference between highlights and lowlights in the shading).
  21. white_lotus

    Sailor Kobe #14 Maya Lapis

    I'm not trying to compete here with visvamitra and his amazing review series of the complete Kobe line. But I have had this ink for a while, and thought I'd reviewed it, but I never did. So when I inked it up and decided to work in a review. This is a wonderful ink, and just really great. The only think I noticed was that there was a little bit of staining on the converter. It washed right out with plain water when cleaning the pen, but I thought I should mention it. Papers as usual are MvL=Mohawk via Linen, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, TR=Tomoe River. Fairly water resistant in that
  22. Here's a review of No. 26! Hope you like it! Certain members of this forum have been a big influence in this purchase...with all of those reviews they keep posting http://i1279.photobucket.com/albums/y529/lovementos/Ink/SNKNo26WadamisakiBlue_zps38a513a1.jpg
  23. AndyYNWA

    Nagasawa Kobe #23 Nagata Blue

    This is my first ever ink review, so there might be a bit more to wish for. Especially my handwriting.... The paper I have used is a copy paper, but not the cheapest. Actually it's quite nice to write on. http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv27/AndyYNWA/Ink%20reviews/Kobe%20Inks/CCF20092015_00000_zpshzqxdd0w.jpg Water resistance test. Held under running water for about 7-8 seconds. Quite good result, imho. http://i666.photobucket.com/albums/vv27/AndyYNWA/Ink%20reviews/Kobe%20Inks/0745a0ae-a8c5-44c8-9878-971ae3374432_zpsyipu6hcl.jpg By accident I spilled som tea on a note I hade writt
  24. Several folks have seen my reviews for some of the Sailor Japanese exclusive inks and wanted to see a comparison. In a four-way comparison there are Kingdom Note Tanna japonesis "Evening cicada" Bungbox 88 Green Tea Kobe #28 Suzuran Green Ishida bungu Hakodate yama "Hakodate mountain" The Kingdom Note ink is a nice olive green. The "88" has been seen before in comparison with BB Dandyism. Kobe #28 is a very good yellow-green. In these pics it appears darker than in actuality. The Ishida bungu is quite bright compared to the others, and appears like a blue-green, but I think it's a tint of

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