Kobe #39 Brick Brown Red
Follow the yellow brick road to this Emerald City of Japan and dive into the earthy goodness that is Kobe #39.
Kobe #39 Renga, or Brick is an earthy brown red that is perfect for the fall season. Kobe inks are produced by Sailor and come in the same squat round bottles. The Kobe ink does not include the plastic filling reservoir that some find to be an inkonvenience, while others think it’s the cat’s meow. This review was done with a Sailor Pro Gear F, Lamy Studio B and on Rhodia blank no.18 paper.
Kobe #39 is an aptly named brick color that has an earthy undertone that makes it more subdued. In a fine nib, the ink is fairly uniform. The dark Merlot red has a hint of mahogany that gives the ink a slight brown appearance. In a broader nib, the ink shades considerably more, which lightens it up a bit. The lightest areas are an orange red that shades to a sanguine color. The darkest shades are the same rich dark Merlot hues that the fine nib produced, but juxtaposed next to the lighter areas, they don’t have the same mahogany browns as the ink did in a fine nib.
All of the Kobe inks I’ve tested have had great properties, and that remains true for #39. The ink had good flow with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. Kobe #39 is a more saturated ink, but its dry times were still good at 20-30 seconds. Because of the saturation there wasn’t a ton of shading. It was possible to make out writing after the water test, but I wouldn’t consider this ink water resistant.
This color is a winner, and has stayed in my pen well after doing this review. It is a cozy red brown that’s encouraged me to slip under a blanket and do some letter writing. If you’re looking for a nice subdued color this fall then give Kobe #39 a look.
As with any ink review, the pen, paper, and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks. If you’re not sure about a color, try a sample to see if it’s the one for you.
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