Ink Review #507: Kobe 27 Kounan Maroon


Today’s Nagasawa Kobe ink is #27 Kounan Maroon, another great color for fall. I’m almost ready to move on from fall inks to Christmas inks, but not quite yet. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review. (Right now Kobe inks are 25% off at Pen Chalet).


The color:

Kounan is a dark red maroon.



Ink large swabs the ink looks more purple than it does in writing. There is a tiny bit of green sheen when concentrated.


Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was some feathering in the larger nib sizes on Rhodia.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the larger nib sizes.

Other properties: low shading, medium sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in every nib size, and some bleeding in the flex and broad nibs.

Comparison Swabs:


Robert Oster Maroon 1789 is the closest to Kounan Maroon. Click here to see the Kobe inks together.

Longer writing:

I used a medium Pelikan M805 Stresemann on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a wet flow.

I used a medium Pelikan M805 Stresemann on Tomoe River 68gsm. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, I like this color and it has a nice wet flow. There was a little bit more bleeding and feathering in the flex nib than I prefer, but other than that it’s pretty well behaved.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Pen Chalet for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.