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Sailor Kobe # 3 Old Foreigner Ward Sepia

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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:

Mmg112 has sent me some crazy amount of samples of different inks and guess what? Nagasawa some Kobe inks were among the samples. Thank you mmg112!

Let's take a look at no 3 Old Foreigner Ward Sepia. The color is stunning. Yes, I know, sometimes it may look almost as blacj but when can I say. Strong, earthy browns witg great lubtication are my thing. This ink rocks! I need a bottle.

Ink Splash


Drops of ink on kitchen towel


Software ID


Color range


Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, B




Leuchturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, B




Rhodia, Gama Airborne, F/M nib



Lyreco budget notebook 60 g, Gama Airborne, F/M nib




Oxford, Hero 5028, stub 1,9


Water resistance

(30 seconds under current water)

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Thanks. What a beautiful ink.

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Yep.. I need a bottle too.. I bought a sample and is running out... :crybaby: :crybaby: :crybaby: :crybaby:





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I'm on my 3rd bottle. This color is addictive! :blush:


Edited to add that Ink of the Witch is so close between this color and #9 purple that it's hard to tell them apart without strong daylight.

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This one is too dark for me. I'll stick to Iroshizuku Tsukushi when I want a dark brown with shades of lavender.


I'm looking forward to your reviews of this line, though.

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This color reminds me a bit of Noodler's Manjiro Nakahama Whaleman's Sepia. I'm presuming that it's much better behaved than NMNWS (it wouldn't have to try very hard -- loved the color but the ink just would NOT flow until it was diluted with distilled water).

Thanks for the review. And not thanks. This is one I'd like to get my hands on at some point....

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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Thanks for the reminder about how nice this ink is. I haven't used it in an age so I'll ink up a pen with it today :-)

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Wow, that's pretty water resistant.

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Wow. One of the Kobes I don't have. And I should. Especially since my family spent some time in Kobe's "Foreigner Ward" before, during and after WWII...

Too many pens; too little writing.

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from the word 'sepia', i was expecting a much lighter colored ink. but it has a very nice muted shade of dark brown. quite unique in comparison to other sepia inks in the market.


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I love the violet undertone! In my wish list!



EDIT: Sorry about resurrecting the thread, I commented without thinking!

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I love the violet undertone! In my wish list!



EDIT: Sorry about resurrecting the thread, I commented without thinking!


Have you looked at Kobe #9 Suma Purple?

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