Kobe #48 Suidousuji Marchais Blue
Come explore Suidousuji Marchais Blue with us,
one of 20 Kobe inks that have found their way to our shore.
We are ecstatic to be carrying 20 Kobe inks. These inks are produced by Sailor for the Kobe-Nagasawa store in Japan. There are 52 inks in their current lineup, and a color is often referred to by its number. Because Suidousuji Marchais Blue is a mouthful, I’m going to just refer to is as #48. Kobe inks are packaged in Sailor’s 50ml short round glass bottle and do not have the plastic filing reservoir that normally comes with Sailor inks. This review was done with a Sailor 1911 F, Lamy Safari B and on Rhodia blank no.18 paper.
Kobe #48 is a arctic teal blue that is rather calming to write with. In a fine nib, the ink doesn’t shade much, which leads to a darker teal turquoise color. In a broader nib, there is more shading that shows off the inks subtleties. Light sky blues shade into richer cerulean tones that finally finishes as a dark aqua teal.
As one would expect with a Sailor ink, #48 performed beautifully. The flow was good, with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. It isn’t the most saturated ink, but it still had moderate shading, especially in a broader nib. Dry times were higher at 20-30+ seconds, and there was no water resistance.
#48 is a unique color and was a joy to use. It is a nice, soft color without being too light. If this ink is any indication, I can’t wait to dip my pen into the 19 other Kobe inks we are offering.
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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