Before I ordered this ink I had never heard of Sanko-do, a stationary store in Japan. Japan seems to have a lot of limited editions for specialty shops and I am truly thankful for that! Adds a new dimension to the ink game ^_^
In hindsight I should have ordered more of these colors, but for some reason I decided to start with the pink. This particular one is called Yamazakigawa. A Japanese friend said that Yamazaki is near the store, and Gawa means river. I wonder if they have a pink river nearby? lol kidding.
The packaging for this looks like it was custom made for this series and not just a Sailor box with a sticker over the front.
It comes in the standard Sailor bottle with the plastic miser.
For this review I decided to ink up my Pelikan M805 Stresemann F Nib. It is a wonderful writer, smooth and wet!
Line going down on 68GSM Tomoe:
My first thought was: Kingdom Note Mycena Pura, is that you? The color itself is very similar, right down to the characteristics and the blob. It makes me wonder if its a case of rebottling the same ink for a different store. I have had my suspicions about Sailor doing this before with Bungubox L’Amant and Kingdom Note Thysanostoma Thysanura. It does not seem beyond the realm of possibility, as all of these inks are produced by Sailor. I just wish that it were more known, I could save myself the trouble buying $50+ ink if I already have basically the same color in another bottle.
Luckily I LOVE this color, its a wet ink in a soft, dainty pink. It has great shading, and I will definitely go through both of these bottles at some point.
What do you think? Are the colors similar? Or is it just my eyes? ^_^
February 26, 2017 at 3:17 am
It’s a really nice colour. I like that there is a depth to the pink and a richness many pinks don’t have.
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March 5, 2017 at 1:36 am
I was in Japan in January and happened to pass by the Nagasawa store –owners of the Kobe Ink brand, another Sailor limited edition line– the day they released their #61, a soft bright pink. Caught by the hype and the FOMO, I bought a bottle. When I tried the ink in Japan, I was convinced it was awfully similar to the then recently released Sailor Jentle Sakura-Mori. It did not bother me that much as I only had paid ~$17 for both, but I can see how it would have bother me a lot had I bought is from a store in the US upwards of $35. Once I came back to the US I inked two pens with them and they were in fact different… and different enough to say they represent too different “inking moods” for me. So, price justified… for me!