Sailor Bung Box Matador ink

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 Matador doesn’t get much love around here – it could if only it would be cheaper and easily available.

It’s nice red ink that behaves well on most papers although it’s not problem-free. It tends to dry out in the pen when it’s left uncapped for 15-20 seconds. Yellow card,

Apart from that, the ink is well behaved (no feathering, no bleedthrough, reasonable dry time, nice lubrication, smooth flow) .

Personally I wouldn’t buy this ink. The color is nice but, quite frankly, you’ll easily find cheaper alternatives (not doppelgangers, mind you, but dark reds with shading are abundant on the market).

Drops of ink on kitchen towel

Software ID

Color range

Maruman, Lamy AL-Star, broad nib

Leuchtturm1917, Lamy AL-Star, broad nib

No-name notebook, Lamy AL-Star, broad nib



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