Kobe #44 Samaura Seaside Blue
You can’t be salty with Kobe Samaura Seaside Blue in your pen.
Today we take a look at my favorite Kobe ink, #44 Samaura Seaside Blue. Kobe inks are produced by Sailor, and come in a glass 50ml short and round bottle. Kobe #44 is a dark teal that can be all business or play it casual. This review was done with a Sailor 1911 F, Lamy Safari B and on Rhodia blank No.18 paper.
A you might know, a couple of my favorite Sailor inks are Miruai and Yama-Dori. Kobe #44 is the perfect marriage of these inks, combing the luxurious teals of Yama-Dori and the mysterious greens of Miruai. At its lightest, the ink is a deep ocean blue. From there it shades to a dark peacock that can appear black at its darkest. On Rhodia paper, the ink is matte in appearance, and sadly does not have any sheen.
Being produced by Sailor, Kobe #44 behaved as well as any Sailor ink. It had good flow with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. The inks dry times were good at 15-25 seconds. There was some water resistance; it was possible to read the writing after the water test. The ink didn’t shade much, but clean up was easy.
If my earlier comments didn’t make it clear enough, I really like this ink. It is a color that you can keep using and not get sick of. It’s dark enough to use at work, and pretty enough that you’ll want to use it for everything else.
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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