Showing posts with label Daiso. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Daiso. Show all posts

02 May 2016

Daiso's Fountain Pens

Daiso, the Wikipedia says, is a franchise of 100-yen shops original from Hiroshima, in Japan. This company is present in a number of countries including US, Canada and Australia.

Among the many products present on the Daiso’s shelves we can always find some fountain pens. On this Chronicle I will describe some recent examples. All of them cost JPY 100, plus tax.

This picture taken in 2010 shows a number of inexpensive pens present in the Japanese market. Among them, some of the pens marketed by Daiso analyzed on this Chronicle.

1. Daiso Mini, ca. 2008. This was a small pen to be used posted. It uses Sailor cartridges, but it has no room for the regular Sailor converter. The nib is made of stainless steel and carries no engraving at all.

Daiso Mini.

Daiso Mini's nib, shared with the Regular model.

2. Daiso Regular, ca. 2008. This is the sister pen of the Daiso Mini. It is a regular size pen and accepts a converter. Section and nib are identical –and interchangeable – on both pens. This model could be found in black and in red.

Daiso Regular in red.

3. Sailor Ink Pen, ca. 2008. This is the cheapest Sailor fountain pen in recent years. It is a regular size pen that uses Sailor-proprietary cartridges and converter. The nib is labeled as F-4, is made of stainless steel, and is not tipped.

The Sailor Ink Pen, now discontinued.

The untipped F-4 nib of the Sailor Ink Pen.

4. Platinum Riviere. I saw this pen at Daiso shops back in 2008 and it is still available. Again, this is a cartridge-converter (Platinum proprietary) pen with steel nib. The nib is engraved with the platinum logo and the nib point—M. It is tipped and the pen is a smooth writer. Several colors --at least, black, blue and red— have existed, but lately only black seems to be available.

The Platinum Riviere in blue.

The Platinum nib of a 100-yen pen.

5. Daiso metal pen, ca. 2015 on. The latest arrival is this all metal pen save for the section. It implements a steel nib and uses international cartridges and converters. This pen is available in grey and white.

The non-branded fountain pens on sale at Daiso's shops nowadays.

Not much information is provided by the nib itself.

This last pen is, by far, the most attractive of those here described. On the other end we encounter the Sailor Ink Pen, whose untipped nib made it a bit tricky to use for the novice.

In any event, these Daiso pens show that there are refillable pens in the market for less than a US dollar or a Euro.

Pelikan M800 – Tomiya Tomikei blue (by Sailor)

Bruno Taut
Nakano, April 30th, 2016
etiquetas: Daiso, mercado, Japón, Sailor, Platinum.

04 July 2010

Low Cost

Fountain pens can be inordinately expensive. And there are indeed pens that did not seem to be thought as writing utensils but as ornaments and status symbols.

On the other end there are a number of inexpensive pens. Unfortunately, they are often ignored. The picture shows a selection of these inexpensive pens. There might be many others—these I show I could buy them easily without going out of my way.

Low cost pens.

Starting from the left, the first three are Pilot Petit 1. The catalog price (MSRP) is JPY 315 including taxes. They are available in fourteen different colors in cartridges that are specific for these pens. No converter can be used on them. Very smooth writers.

Pilot's Petit 1. It uses the same nib as the disposable V-pen/Varsity pen.

Then comes the Sailor Ink Pen. This is available in 100-yen shop chain called Daiso. It uses Sailor cartridges and converters. The nib is not tipped and this makes it to write a bit like a stub. Smooth writer.

The untipped nib of the Sailor Ink Pen.

The long read and the short black have no brand other than “Produced for Daiso Japan”, written in both English and Japanese. These pens accept Sailor cartridges. The short one, however, does not have room for the converter.

The tipped nib of a 100-yen Daiso pen.

Their quality is not consistent. The first one I tried was very smooth. But I lost it –big loss!— and the next one was a more deficient pen.

The short blue and green pens are basically the same as the black Daiso save for the detail of using international cartridges. This pen also comes in other colors—red, black. The price is the same —JPY 105—, and it can be found in some 100-yen shops other than Daiso.

The Platinum Preppy –here shown in red, yellow, and violet— costs JPY 210. It uses regular Platinum cartridges and converters. This pen's nib can be either F (0.3 mm) or M (0.5 mm). They are nice writers with very reliable flow, but not as smooth as the Petit 1. Their size, however, gives the Preppy a great advantage in terms of comfort.

Platinum Preppy's medium nib and feed.

With time, the cap develops some cracks making the pen impossible to close. Those unhappy with this problem can opt for the newly released Platinum Plaisir (as of July 2010)—same nib in an anodized aluminum body. Hopefully more durable, although the price is five times higher.

Platinum Riviere.

The last two pens are Platinum Riviere. These are available from Daiso shops for JPY 105. They have smooth M nibs, although different from those in the Preppy. These are on the dry side. Riviere uses Platinum cartridges and converters.

Cheap pens in a 100-yen shop. From left to right: Platinum cartridges in red; Daiso's short pen (Mini); three Platinum Riviere in different colors; disposable pens in three colors; Daiso's full size pens in black and red; and red ink cartridges for these Daiso pens (Sailor compatible).

Sometimes I wonder… er... Well, I’ll leave it at this point.

(Nakaya Aka-tamenuri – Platinum Brown)

Bruno Taut
(Inagi, July 3, 2010)
[labels: Pilot, Platinum, Sailor, Japón, Daiso]