First Love Sapphire – Bung Box (Sailor)

Sailor is my favourite ink maker. Sadly their most interesting inks are available only in Japan or from internet retailers. There are few japanese shops famous for their wide and interesting range of Sailor inks. One of most well-known is Bung Box. A lot of people were taken by interesting bottles and intriguing colors. It seems however that recently many ink enthusiasts started to shy away from this line since Bung Box inks became much more bitterly expensive than other Sailor inks.

The line consists of quite a few colors. My list is incomplete and most of the names aren’t translated well. If you have full list of BB inks and/or could gheklp me with correcting english names, help me sort this out  :)

  1. 4B Blue/Black
  2. BB Espresso
  3. Dandyism
  4. Emerald
  5. Enshu Black
  6. Fresh Oranges of Lake Hamana
  7. Fuyiyama Blue
  8. Hamanako Eel
  9. Imperial Purple
  10. Ink of the Witch
  11. L’Amant
  12. Luminous Green
  13. Melancholic Gray
  14. Mocha
  15. Music Black
  16. Nostalgia
  17. Oamezaki Sunset
  18. Omaezaki Ocean
  19. Omaezaki Blue
  20. Orange
  21. Pink
  22. Ruby
  23. Sapphire
  24. Silent Night
  25. Soleil
  26. Tears of Clown

Before I write few words about the ink allow me to start by saying thank you mmg122 for sending me samples of different inks.


First Love Sapphire is stunning color – silky smooth, saturated, rather well behaved. It shades a lot. While I’m not usually interested in blue inks this one appeals to me. I believe someone said it can considered as nice replacement choice for Parker Penman Sapphire. Maybe there’s som,ething to this words. While Penman Sapphire still costs more though, First Love Sapphire isn’t that far away, especially for europeans (price of the ink, shipment, taxes).

The ink offers no water resistance but apart from that it really does stand out from the sea of otger blue inks.

Ink splash


Drops of ink on kitchen towel


Software ID


Tomoe River, 90 g – Kaweco Sport Classic, eyedropper, B




Leuchtturm1917, Lamy Al-Star, Fine




Cheap no-name notebook, Lamy Al-Star, broad nib


Water resistance


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