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Sailor Kobe #52 Shioya Vintage Sepia


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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 disappointed. The color wasn't anything what I would call "vintage sepia". Now perhaps the folks at Kobe Nagasawa and Sailor have an example of a vintage sepia ink that appears now like this hue. And to it's credit the ink does have a nice golden-brown undertone instead of the typical red. But whenever I look I it I still see "red-brown". I have so many of these kinds of inks that I'm reluctant now to consider a new brown ink for the collection.

 

There's nothing wrong with the handling of this ink. It's classic Sailor. Wet, lubricated, saturated. There is some nice subtle shading with the ink that probably isn't captured in the images.

 

My typical test papers are: Mohawk via Linen=MvL, Tomoe River=TR, Hammermill 28 lb inkjet paper. The last is the driest of these papers in that an ink that feels nice on other papers can have some resistance there.

 

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Somewhat water resistant but a lot of ink washes way and that could obscure what one wants to save.

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A very interesting ink drop. There's possibilities here.

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I bought this Kobe #52 some months ago and it is my favorite dark brown so far. it behaves so well in all my pens that I use it daily.

thanks a lot for your review.

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This is a very lovely ink.

 

Thank you for the review.

 

I was debating between this and Kobe #3 Sepia, but I prefer something darker, so I may have to wait to try this out and go with Kobe #3 Sepia first.

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