Nagasawa Kobe Marchais Blue Ink is one of the outstanding and widely regarded inks created exclusively for Nagasawa, which is a famous ink and stationary store in Japan. Nagasawa Kobe inks have been available in the United States but only in a very limited capacity, until now. We are excited to have the opportunity to now sell Kobe ink. We have been chosen as one of the exclusive retailers and we will be carrying the Kobe ink in all of the colors as they are released. Currently only 20 of the 54 Kobe ink colors are available in the US, but this number will expand over time.
Kobe inks are named after one of the largest cities in Japan, near Osaka and is home to 1.5 million people. The city of Kobe is known for its architecture and shrines, but for fountain pen and ink lovers, it is known for the Nagasawa-Kobe stationary store that has had the exclusive rights to all 54 Nagasawa Kobe ink colors.
Nagasawa Kobe Marchais Blue ink #48 (known as Sudousuji in Japanese) is a nice light blue-green ink color. Some may call it a light teal, or a blue-green turquoise. Regardless of how you describe this color it is a vibrant, warm and inviting color. Dark enough for regular home and possibly office use and definitely for journal, letters and notes.
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We found the following traits while testing Nagasawa Kobe Marchais Blue ink that you may find useful:
We used French made Rhodia dot pad paper with a J. Herbin glass dip pen for this review. The glass dip pen has a tip that is equivalent to a fine fountain pen nib.
Nagasawa Kobe #48 Marchais Blue ink comes in a standard 50 ml. glass ink bottle. The bottle has a large mouth opening and can be placed on its side to gather those last few drops of ink. The Kobe cardboard box has the skyline of the Japanese city of Kobe on the outside with its unique architecture depicted. There is a small label on the top of the box that identifies what color of Kobe ink, with its Japanese name, American Name and assigned color number. Nagasawa Kobe Marchais Blue ink is #48 in the Kobe ink collection.
Nagasawa Kobe #48 Marchais Blue ink is on the higher end of fountain pen inks and retail for $30. Although on the expensive side, the quality and rarity of this ink in the United States makes it a prized possession for many fountain pen lovers.
We experienced a reasonable dry time while using Nagasawa Kobe #48 Marchais Blue ink of approximately 6-7 seconds, using the glass dip pen on Rhodia paper.
While testing Nagasawa Kobe Marchais Blue ink we did not experience any bleeding whatsoever on Rhodia paper. Even during the cotton swab test we did not experience any bleeding.
Our sample test lines using Nagasawa Kobe Marchais Blue ink were clear, crisp and distinct without any feathering during normal use. There was some slight feathering during the water test, but only at its wettest point.
Nagasawa Kobe Marchais Blue ink is a non-waterproof ink, thus the results from the water test were pretty typical. There was some color smearing, and slight feathering at the cotton swab’s wettest point. However, for the most part, the sample ink lines remained clear and distinct, although with quite a bit of color smear.
Experimenting with Nagasawa Kobe Marchais Blue ink will produce some nice shading, as the wetter lines will produce a darker teal, light blue-green color. As with most shading, your penmanship and tip of the fountain pen being used carries lots of importance as well.
Conclusion about the Nagasawa Kobe Marchais Blue ink
Nagasawa Kobe Marchais Blue ink is just one of the 20 Nagasawa Kobe inks that we have available. We are excited to carry the Kobe line of inks and feel that our loyal customers will love this new, albeit expensive addition to the wide array of inks that we carry. Nagasawa Kobe Marchais Blue ink has all the great characteristics that you have come to love with quality fountain pen inks. It has a reasonably quick dry time, great bottle, unique color, no bleeding nor feathering with quality paper. The unique blue-green turquoise color is pleasing to behold. We are thrilled to be chosen to be an authorized retailer of Kobe ink and hope you enjoy these new inks, which are in stock and ready for shipment today.
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