Kobe #6 Bordeaux
Pour yourself a converter of Kobe Bordeaux.
Kobe inks are produced by Sailor and are available in a rainbow of colors. Each ink has an accompanying number in addition to its name. Kobe #6 Bordeaux is a beautiful maroon with hints of berries and currants. The ink comes in the same 50ml glass bottle as Sailor inks without the plastic filling reservoir. This review was done with a Platinum 3776 F, Lamy AL-Star B and on Rhodia blank No.18 paper.
It is uncommon for Kobe to use such literal names for their inks, but Bordeaux is a perfect descriptor of this color. In a finer nib, the ink has a uniform Bordeaux/maroon color. Using a broader nib the ink shades more and brings with it lighter crimson and amaranth colors. The lightest areas of the ink can almost appear fuchsia in color, but it quickly shades back to a rich Bordeaux.
Being made by Sailor, Kobe inks have wonderful properties. The flow is excellent with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. Bordeaux is a moderately to highly saturated ink with good dry times at 20-30 seconds. The only shading you’ll get is by using a broader nib. While I wouldn’t describe the ink as water resistant, it was still easy to make out the writing after the water test.
Kobe Bordeaux is a beautiful color with great properties. It is an easy to read color that will add a bit of flair to any writing.
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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