Sailor Bung Box Tortoise Shell Brown

Sailor is my favourite ink maker (ex-aeque with J. Herbin). 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 help me with correcting english names, help me sort this out  :)

  1. 4B Blue/Black
  2. BB Espresso
  3. Dandyism
  4. Ebisu Gold
  5. Emerald
  6. Enshu Black
  7. First Love Sapphire
  8. Fresh Oranges of Lake Hamana
  9. Fuyiyama Blue
  10. Hamanako Eel
  11. Imperial Purple
  12. Ink of the Witch
  13. L’Amant
  14. Luminous Green
  15. Melancholic Gray
  16. Mocha
  17. Music Black
  18. Nostalgia
  19. Oamezaki Sunset
  20. Omaezaki Ocean
  21. Omaezaki Blue
  22. Orange
  23. Pink
  24. Ruby
  25. Sapphire
  26. Silent Night
  27. Soleil
  28. 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.

It seems Tortoise Shell Brown is one of least popular Bung Box ink – I didn’t manage to find a single review but I didn’t look very hard.

The name got me hooked. Tortoise shell, especially on living turtles, looks stunning. I wasn’t sure what to expect as tortoise shell is seen in variety of hues in the nature. Sadly Sailor and Bung Box chose one of less intriguing hues. The color could be described as a mix between deep coffee and taupe. It’s not bad but somehow I feel it lacks character a bit.

Apart from that, the ink is well behaved (no feathering, no bleedthrough, reasonable dry time, nice lubrication, smooth flow) and shows good water resistance (color fades but the text is easily legible even after two hours of soaking the paper in water).

Personally I would never buy this ink as the color doesn’t appeal to me stronly enough to shell more than 40 $ for it but if you can afford it and like similar hues this one will be good choice. If you like the color but the price is an issue, maybe J. Herbin’s Cacao du Bresil could be a reasonable choice for you?

Drops of ink on kitchen towel

Software ID

Color range

Rhodia, Lamy AL-Star, medium nib

Leuchtturm1917, Lamy AL-Star, medium nib

Tsubame, Lamy AL-Star, medium nib

Maruman, Hero 5028, stub 1,9

Maruman, Lamy Al-Star, medium nib

Water resistance

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4 thoughts on “Sailor Bung Box Tortoise Shell Brown

  1. I don’t mind it, but I don’t have a Bung Box budget, either, so it’s all theoretical for me. 🙂

    In addition to Cacao du Brésil, in some of your photos it reminds me of a browner version of KWZ Brown Pink, too.

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