KOBE #11 – Ikuta Orange
This vivacious vermillion is a fine nib’s best friend!
KOBE #11, Ikuta Orange, is an incredibly bright vermillion that definitely stands out in a crowd. This ink is still available in the old-style 50ml, round Sailor ink bottle and it’s a great value for a premium Japanese ink! Unlike the old Sailor inks, however, KOBE inks do not include the goblet-shaped ink reservoir system.
KOBE #11 is definitely on the redder side of orange and would be just as useful for marking up a manuscript as it is for writing larger blocks of text. The ink is exceptionally matte in appearance with no sheen and very little shading. Before you write it off, though, I think anyone who likes bright colorful inks but writes with a fine nib should take a good look at Ikuta Orange! Because it produces such a small range of hues, this ink is actually just as legible in a fine nib as it is in a broad! Tiny writers, rejoice!
KOBE Ikuta Orange was extremely well-behaved for such a saturated ink. It had exceptionally good flow (another feature that makes it great for a fine nib) and pretty good dry times at 20-30 seconds! It had almost no water resistance, but it was also very easy to clean.
If you use a fine nib and you want a standout ink color that is easy to read, I cannot think of a single ink that would be better than KOBE #11! There are certainly orange inks out there with more shading or sheen, but when it comes to practicality, I think KOBE knocked this one out of the park.
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