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Sailor Kobe # 27 Kounan Maroon

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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:

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.

Ink Splash


Drops of ink on kitchen towel


Software ID


Color range


Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, B




Leuchturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, B




Oxford, Hero 5028, stub 1,9


Notebook, Hero 5028, stub 1,9




Water resistance

(30 seconds under current water)


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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.

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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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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. ;)


Great review Vis!!!




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

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

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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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