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20 January 2019
The bare news: Nibmeister Yukio Nagahara will retire from his current position in Sailor in February of 2020. He plans to pursue an indep...
17 January 2019
Besides the big three Japanese pen companies –Pilot-Namiki, Platinun-Nakaya, and Sailor– there are a bunch of small operations, some of whic...
10 January 2019
Once again, I encountered one of those pens that show the essential conflict between the collector and the historian, or between the the rar...
07 January 2019
The XV edition of the Madrid Pen Show is long over –it happened in November--, but it is still time to reflect on the outcome. Numbe...
30 October 2018
Katana or Kimono?
A play in one act. Based on actual events. Characters: He, She, a Clerk. A big stationery shop in Tokyo, buying a Nakaya. The kimon...
29 October 2018
Datation of Japanese Pens. VII. Sailor's Nibs (II)
Some years ago I spoke about dating marks on Sailor nibs : up to 2016, the manufacturing date on Sailor nibs was encoded in the form abb ...
24 October 2018
The Case of Naginata. II. The Two-Year Hiatus
Allegedly, Sailor stopped the distribution of specialty nibs (Naginata Togi and derivatives) in Winter of 2016-17 . Or so we were told. The ...
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