04 October 2018

The Case of Naginata. I. The Press Release

Sailor has finally spoken out—Naginata Togi nibs and other special nibs will be back in the market on October 5th (2018). But that is the extent of the good news. The rest is not so positive.

An old Cross Music, and an old Naginata Togi.

The price of the Naginata nibs will double—from the former JPY 25000 to JPY 50000. And this price increase propagates through the whole line up of Special nibs:

Naginata Concord: from JPY 30000 to JPY 55000.
Naginata Fude: from JPY 25000 to JPY 55000.
Naginata with emperor: from JPY 35000 to JPY 60000.
Cross nib: from JPY 45000 to JPY 70000.
Cross Music: from JPY 50000 to JPY 75000.

The new design of the Naginata nibs. Photo courtesy of Inktraveler.

The pens implementing these nibs will change their appearance. The nib decoration will be simpler than the old one, as can be seen on the pictures. The pen will carry a wider cap ring with the inscription “SPECIAL NIB”.

New prices, new designs... old nibs. Photo courtesy of Inktraveler.

And, finally, the whole distribution network of this nibs will be dramatically reduced: only 50 dealers worldwide –25 of them in Japan— will handle these pens. And to make matters worse, some rumors say that few of these special nibs will make their way outside of Japan.

Sailor, at this point, has not released any information regarding the plans for the “super big” (“King of Pen”) size Naginata and related nibs.

These special nibs are becoming more special than ever.

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Bruno Taut
Nakano, October 3rd, 2018
etiquetas: Sailor, plumín, mercado


Saltire Turquoise said...

You may disagree, but I'm not taken with that cap ring.

Bruno Taut said...

Well, that ring is an expensive cosmetic addition... And not a pretty one.

Thanks for passing by and commenting.


BertVH said...

I'd have to agree that sometimes less is more. In hindsight, I believe I've seen the full array of new special nibs back when Sakura Fountain Pen Gallery in Belgium was having an event. I didn't notice the larger cap band then. Did they forfeit the idea?

Bruno Taut said...

Not at all, BertVH.

The new Naginata Togi (and derivatives) are all implemented on this new style of the Profit (1911) model with the wider cap band. Another different story is whether some shops have old stocks of the older models.

I guess some people might be tempted to speculate with those given the huge price hike.

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