Kobe Suwayama Leaf Green Ink

Kobe Suwayama Leaf Green Ink Review & Giveaway!

Kobe Suwayama Leaf Green Ink is now in stock and available at Pen Chalet. Kobe #35 Leaf Green ink is one of a number of Kobe inks formerly only available in Japan, that are now available in the United States.

Kobe ink, named after the city Kobe Japan, was created by Sailor for the renowned stationery store located there, Nagasawa. The Kobe inks have been a favorite among fine writing lovers for their wide array of colors and great characteristics.

Kobe Suwayama Leaf Green ink is a nice green color that is vibrant and bright but not florescent. The color of new fresh spring leaves. Kobe #35 Leaf Green ink shows up dark enough on white paper to be used as an every day ink in both the office and home environment.

Continuing reading for a chance to win the bottle of Kobe Suwayama Leaf Green Ink we used for this review.

Kobe Suwayama Leaf Green Ink

Kobe Suwayama Leaf Green Ink

We noticed the following characteristics while testing Kobe #35 Leaf Green ink that we hope you find helpful:

Testing Factors

For our review of Kobe #35 Leaf Green ink we used a French made J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen on Rhodia dot pad paper. The J. Rhodia dip pen has a tip that is equivalent to a fine fountain pen nib.

Bottle Sizes

Kobe #35 Leaf Green ink is available in a standard 50 ml. Kobe glass bottle, which is similar to a Sailor Jentle ink bottle. The bottle comes with a large opening and lid, which is very conducive to filling any size fountain pen. The ink bottle can be tipped on its side in order to obtain those last few drops. The bottle comes in a standard cardboard box, which has unique Japanese symbols and English lettering along with the distinctive Kobe skyline features located in Japan.


Kobe Suwayama Leaf Green ink is more expensive than normal Sailor ink bottles and retails for $30.00. This price point makes Kobe ink at the luxury end of the spectrum, although not the most expensive on the market today.

Dry Time

We found a dry time of approximately 4-5 seconds during our review of Kobe #35 Leaf Green ink. This is a very quick dry time, allowing Kobe #35 Leaf Green ink to be used in almost any setting. With a larger tip or fountain pen nib, you could expect a longer dry time.

Bleed Through

Another great characteristics of Kobe #35 Leaf Green ink is that there is absolutely no bleeding, even during the cotton swab test.


During normal use, we did not experience any feathering while using Kobe Suwayama  Leaf Green ink. However, during the water test, some feathering was experienced at the test’s wettest point.

Water Test

During our water test, where we run a wet cotton swab over a an ink sample that has dried for about 3 minutes, we noticed some feathering at the wettest point of the test. The remainder of the Kobe Leaf Green ink sample stayed true and lines were distinct, even though there was significant color smearing. Kobe Suwayama Leaf Green ink is not a waterproof ink.


Another great characteristic of Kobe ink is its shading. Kobe #35 Leaf Green ink will produce some very nice shading, with a dark evergreen color wet lines to a light leafy green dryer lines. The combination can be quite amazing. We also saw a slight dark purple sheen come through at the cotton swab test’s wettest point.

In Conclusion about the Kobe Suwayama Leaf Green Ink

Kobe #35 Leaf Green ink is another great ink option. Although Kobe ink produces over 50 ink colors, currently only about 20 colors have been made available by the US distributor.  We are hoping more colors will be on their way.

Kobe #35 Leaf Green ink has great drying, shading, and color traits. It can be used as an everyday office or home ink. We hope you love this nice green color of Kobe ink and its unique Japanese origination, box and characteristics. Happy Writing!

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Eric Aycock
5 years ago

This is the first Kobe ink that I have really liked. It is a perfect green and looks just like the forrest.

Em jensen
5 years ago
Reply to  Eric Aycock

Yea, it is a very pretty color!

5 years ago

Please review Sailor Storia (any color). Thank you.

Andrew Mulnix
5 years ago

Maybe another Noodler’s

Beth A. Fralix
5 years ago

I would love to see a review on the new Montverde Inks. Thank for the chance to win this beautiful Kobe Ink!! God Bless & Love You All Bunches!!!

Angelina Hernandez
5 years ago

Omg! The vibrancy of this ink is so outstanding!!! It just comes alive!

5 years ago

J. Herbin 1798 Amethyste De l’Oural would be great if you haven’t done it already

Scott D.
5 years ago

I’m on a search for the perfect green. Thanks for reviewing this, it is what i think about when I think “Green”.

Pastor Ron Parish
5 years ago

You asked for an ink to review next. I would for you to review any of the Sheaffer or Waterman inks. Thank.

5 years ago

I love the Kobe inks. The Ikuta Orange is a current favorite, but Green would be welcome as well.

5 years ago

Wow that’s a great green, I definitely like this one better than the Sailor Jentle greens :/

Rochelle Kregar
5 years ago

I’m so new to fountain pens, that I can’t even think of what ink I would like to see reviewed. But, this is a gorgeous ink and my favorite color!

5 years ago

Beautiful green!

5 years ago

Review Robert Oster Sublime, please!

Marilyn Gerber
5 years ago

This is such a vibrant green!

Gini Cooper
5 years ago

I love Sailor inks and pens. This green is lovely, thanks for review.

Sakshi Reddy
5 years ago

This is a beautiful green! Would love to see a Robert Oster ink reviewed.

L M English
5 years ago

I love the leafy green ink – thanks for a chance to win!

Daniel B
5 years ago

Really interesting ink. I’d really like to compare it to Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine, or Kaweco Palm Green.

M. Ingibergsson
5 years ago

This does look like a great colour.

5 years ago

Thank you. 🙂

Scott DiGello
5 years ago

I’m glad you chose a green ink this week. I guess I’ll switch to another color I like but that I don’t buy a lot which is red. If you would review and giveaway a nice bold red like Diamine Red Dragon that would be great.

5 years ago

I’ll second the request for a review of any of the new Montverde Inks. 😀

5 years ago

I’d love a review of Robert Oster Sublime.

Renard Dellafave
5 years ago

How about a good burgundy next? maybe Noodler’s

5 years ago

I’m always on the search for true green inks (well, any shade of green is welcome!), and this one looks perfect. I’ve never tried a Kobe ink, so to win this giveaway would be very nice indeed! ☺

Ben L
5 years ago

Great colour! Please review another one of the Sailor inks next!

Nick Blackwell
5 years ago

This is a lovely green.

5 years ago

Haven’t tried this brand yet but I feel that green calling my name!

5 years ago

Green with a purple sheen….Wow

Roy C
5 years ago

I like my greens on the dark side but I
wouldn’t mind trying this green out.

5 years ago

Wow, nice color!

5 years ago

I’d love to see you take on Abraxas inks

5 years ago

I love green and that is a gorgeous green.

Timothy Greathouse
5 years ago

I am looking forward to getting some Kobe inks soon!

5 years ago

I would say review more kobe.

David Verbsky
5 years ago

How about the new noodlers legal blue?

Cheryl Gebhart
5 years ago

What a lovely green.

Marisa G.
5 years ago

Please review Monteverde Amethyst next.

5 years ago

I love this green ink!

Brian C
5 years ago

Thanks for the giveaway!

Jason Schultz
5 years ago

Excellent ink. Thanks for the chance to win!

5 years ago

I love Kobe inks. This would be an awesome green to try.

5 years ago

Good looking ink!

5 years ago

This ink looks amazing, and I’ve been looking for a good green ink to use at work!

Alan P.
5 years ago

Love green but my bottle always runs out. 🙁

nergihan yeşilyurt
5 years ago

I love Kobe inks, more review please. 🙂

Jingyi D.
5 years ago

Hmmmm maybe another Noodler’s?

5 years ago

Yes please continue to review Kobe inks, and the new-ish Monteverde inks, too.

And BTW thanks for doing this giveaway, Ron!

5 years ago

If you haven’t already, please review Noodler’s Legal Blue, I’d like to know how it compares to other professional use inks.

Grace K
5 years ago

What a lovely green!