Kobe #19 Minatogawa Lime
Squeeze out some fun during the last days of Summer with Kobe Minatogawa Lime.
Minatogawa Lime is one of the latest Kobe inks to be offered in the US market. Kobe inks are produced by Sailor for the Nagasawa Stationery stores in Japan. Each ink is named after an area around the city of Kobe. Kobe inks are packed in a short and round 50ml glass bottle. The bottle is easy to fill from when it is full, but can be challenging when the ink gets lower than half full. This review was done with a Pilot Metro F, Lamy Safari B and on Rhodia blank No. 18 paper.
Minatogawa Lime is aptly named as the ink has a ferny lime-green appearance. There is less shading in a fine nib leading to a more uniform, and darker, fern green appearance. In a broad nib, the ink shades beautifully, showing off the full spectrum of the ink. At its lightest, the ink is a bright lime chartreuse green. It then shades to a more neutral pear green before arriving at dark fern green.
Kobe inks are produced by Sailor, and have outstanding properties. Minatogawa Lime has great flow with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. The ink is moderately saturated with good dry times at 20-30 seconds. Depending on the nib, size shading is moderate to high. The ink had no water resistance, but clean up was easy.
I love the way this ink is both a bright green and also a more subdued dark green. The shading that the ink produces showcases all that the color has to offer. If you’re looking for a lighter, more cheerful green than Minatogawa Lime is a must try.
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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