30 April 2015

Fountain Pens of the World Festival (II)

There was more I wanted to talk about re the Mitsukoshi’s Fountain Pens of the World Festival. The initial Chronicle was filled with pictures and I decided to cut it short, and this is the second, and largely overdue, part of it. There will be a third text in a near future.

The Fountain Pen of the World Festival, as I already explained, is a one-week long event--a week to sell pens by making them more accessible to potential customers. We, pen otaku, barely need these initiatives as we are well aware of the new releases and we often visit those few specialized shops with a good selection of pens, inks and papers. But at the same time, we are a small bunch and the market cannot sustain on us alone. So, the name of the game is outreaching.

The first step is the event itself. And then, what else? During this whole week a number of activities are organized with the obvious purpose of attracting new users.

Fountain pens and paper to try. First tray. Can the reader identify all of them? The comment section welcomes any guess.

A table with about twenty pens, inked and perfectly tuned, and good quality paper welcomed the visitor on the first days. No need to speak, no need to ask. Just sit and write.

The second tray of pens. And again, readers could use the comment section to publish their guesses.

But that was not all. Pilot organized some calligraphy lessons to show the virtues of their Parallel pens.

Preparing the lesson.


Publisher AI-Books was also present to publicize its specialized magazine Shumi-no Bungubaku. An exhibition displaying the history of S. T. Dupont attracted some other people. And, of course, the pen tuners ready to adjust any nib to your taste and needs by courtesy of each company at each of their counters.

General view of the calligraphy lesson. On the background, the exhibition on the history of S. T. Dupont pens.

Outreaching… No wonder, then, the Japanese fountain pen scene was so active nowadays.

Platinum 3776 (1984) – Parker Quink Blue

Bruno Taut
Nakano, April 17th, 2015
etiquetas: evento, mercado


Saltire Turquoise said...

Has anyone identified all the pens?

Unknown said...

Tray 1:
Waterman Carene
Aurora Ipsilon
? Indian ebonite ?
Pilot Stealth VP
Aurora Optima
Monteverde Tool Pen
? Monteverde ?
Monteverde Prima

Tray 2: Duofold Centennial big red, modern Sheaffers, Sailors, Cross, Platinum Bourgogne, ?, ?.

I have none of the above.

Bruno Taut said...

Thanks for you comments and guesses. Not a very popular post, though.

Up to my knowledge, these are the answers:

Tray 1. Left to right:
1.1 Waterman Carène
1.2 Aurora Ipsilon
1.3 Eboya Houju
1.4 Pilot Capless, black stealth
1.5 Pilot Elabo/Falcon
1.6 Kuretake "brush pen"
1.7 Aurora Optima
1.8 Monteverde Tool Pen
1.9 Eboya Natsume
1.10 Monteverde Prima

Tray 2
2.1 Parker Duofold Centennial "Big Red"
2.2 Sheaffer Sagaris
2.3 Platinum maki-e PTL-1500H #52
2.4 Cross Peerless
2.5 Sailor Profit/1911 small size
2.6 Sailor Profit/1911 big size
2.7 Sheaffer Prelude
2.8 Platinum 3776 Century
2.9 Delta Vintage
2.10 Delta Journal

But I might be very wrong.

Thanks again for your comments.


be202025 said...

Can i ask where you got the fountain pen tray from?

Im looking for a few, i'm in sydney, if you can let me know that would be great!

Bruno Taut said...

Those trays were provided, probably, by Mitsukoshi. Trays for pens are often a problem for collectors. Many opt of making them by themselves.

Thanks for passing by and commenting.


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