Kobe #13 Nunobiki Emerald
Relax by the waterfalls with the tranquil Nunobiki Emerald.
The Nunobiki Falls are some of the most famous waterfalls in Japan and a great inspiration for Kobe #13 Nunobiki Emerald. This soft ocean colored ink is beautiful on the page and behaves wonderfully. Kobe ink comes in the same 50ml glass bottles as Sailor inks, but without the plastic filling reservoir. This review was done with a Sailor 1911 F, Lamy Safari B, and on Rhodia blank no.18 paper.
I have a soft spot for teal inks so Nunobiki Emerald really spoke to me. In a fine nib, the ink didn’t shade much, but produced a beautiful teal color that leaned towards green. In a broader nib, the ink shaded more, which brought in more blue tones. The lightest areas were an aegean blue that could nearly pass for a sky blue. This color shaded to a green ocean blue before finally ending as the darker teal that the fine nib produced.
Kobe inks are produced by Sailor and as one would expect, their properties are excellent. Nunobiki Emerald had great flow with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. The saturation was moderate, with dry times being a little higher at 25-35+ seconds. Shading was largely dependent on nib size with broader nibs shading more. The ink has no water resistance, but clean up is easy.
This was one of the inks I was most looking forward to trying from Kobe and I wasn’t disappointed. It is a beautiful and unique color that looks and writes great. In a fine nib you might be able to get away with using it in the workplace. I was hoping that the ink might produce a red sheen… alas, no single ink can be perfect.
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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