12 Days of Inkmas: Kobe #47 Aoya Cascade Green

Kobe #47 Aoya Cascade Green is a perfectly holiday themed green. It reminds me of blue spruce and pine needles.

The Kobe inks are Sailor, of course, so they are good stable inks that shade beautifully and #47 has a lovely reddish sheen.

I love the shading variation in a wider nib and the dark, woodsy quality it can achieve in finer lines.

When compared with other greens of similar values (and some way outside the range), Pilot Shin-Ryoku is probably the closest in value, price and performance as well though it is a little less expensive. DeAtramentis Sandalwood is a little darker and does not sheen. It’s also available in a scented version and is a little wetter, more watery ink. The J. Herbin Vert Reseda is fairly close in color but is definitely a wetter ink and can be notoriously finicky on paper. Both Diablo Menthe and Paradise Blue are much bluer but act as a nice reference point.

So, if you are looking for a good wintery green, look no further. Kobe inks are a great way to expand your Japanese ink collection without reaching all the way up to Bungbox prices.


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