Bought myself a small present while out shopping the other day. A Tachikawa T-25nib holder. I have been looking at buying a nib holder for a while to get more into calligraphy and using my inks and paper. And since most of them are made here in Japan, I just had to buy one. There was also the Tachikawa T-36 for sale too. The difference being the T36 has a rubber grip for your hand but I liked the plain wooden look of the T-25 a lot more.
The Tachikawa T-25 is a nib holder that can hold various sized nibs. I purchased some Zebra G nibs to go with it after seeing reviews that these are pretty much the standard kind and best ones for beginners to dip pens. I have never used a dip pen and I was told there is a steep learning curve to learn writing with one. Being a leftie too brings a whole new bag of problems too, but, I tried it out and think I did pretty well with my first dip experience.
I have been using my Iroshizuku Shinkai ink with it. Some Youtube videos say that using fountain pen ink is not reccomeneded because the ink drips off too quickly, so I will look into buying some proper dip pen ink and see what the difference is.
On my way home from work I was contemplating on whether or not I should pop into my little stationery shop to see if they had any new pens. I somehow managed to end up in the fountain pens and inks section, trying out a bunch of various Pilot Iroshizuku inks.
Even though I own the Iroshizuku Kon-peki ink, I was so surprised to see that the one in the shop had an attractive pinky/purple sheen to it. I haven’t yet used mine and didn’t actually know that it had nice sheen to it. I tried other colours and found that they too had various colourful sheens to them. I instantly fell in love with Yama-budo and Momiji.
I have been wanting to buy more ink and since it is so cheap here in Tokyo compared to my home country, I should stock up now. I was about to buy a big bottle of Momiji ink when I saw the 3 sets which included Yama-budo and 2 other colours, Shin-kai and Asa-gao.
I decided to buy the 3 set as it is a good way to try out other colours and since I already have my favourite colour, Kon-peki in a big bottle, I may as well try some others.
I am very excited to try these inks out. I am planning to buy a dip pen so I don’t need to ink up a pen. So I am currently looking into good dip pens.
There is nothing quite like the feeling of finding a new little stationery shop while on your travels. The excitement rush you get when you enter as you think about what kind of pens, paper and other things (not to mention Field Note Editions) may be waiting inside. I can never just browse a stationery store and not buy something. Especially when I am spoiled with all the Japanese pens and paper choices here in Tokyo which cost a lot less than in my home country.
There are the famous big brand stores here like Kinokuniya, Tokyu Hands and Ito-ya, the 11 floor stationery shop in Ginza that have a huge selection of pens, paper and pencils to choose from, but there is a store I pass every day on my way home from work called Chikuho I often go to which I love.
I often post about my little stationery store in my posts that I visit all the time and decided to post about it here.
Chikuho is located at Takadanobaba on the Yamanote line in Shinjuku-ku. They stock the regulars like Moleskines, Rhodia, Campus notebooks, albeit not in all the sizes or selections of some of their bigger competition stores, but their selection is enough for any regular stationery user. Chikuho also have a lovely fountain pen area where you can even try out some pens and inks. Most of their stock is priced at recommended retail price with no mark up.
The area I can never leave without buying something is of course the pen section. They carry all the Pilots, Uni-Balls, SARASAs, Pentels, you could ever ask for and have all the sizes, colours, editions and styles you need.
The staff noticed how often I visited them and offered me a point card which is filling up quickly, giving me some yen off when I reach a certain amount of stamps. 1 stamp per 200yen spent in store.
If ever you are passing in the area, be sure to check them out!
Last weekend I bought myself a little present. I had been eyeing off a new fountain pen since I heard about the Pilot Metropolitan on the Pen Addict podcast. Scouring the internet I soon discovered the Pilot Metropolitan didn’t exist here in Japan even though Pilot is a Japanese brand.
A little more internet detective work led me to discover the pen goes by a different name here in Japan, the Pilot Cocoon. The Pilot Cocoon is essentially the Pilot Metropolitan, however the pricing is a little more expensive than the Cocoon, which at first, seemed a little weird being that the pens are both made in Japan by Pilot.
Again, some more research led me to various message boards where people were saying the Cocoon seems heavier, better quality made than the metropolitan and that maybe Pilot lowered the quality of the Metropolitan so that even after they took into account shipping, they could still have a nice entry level fountain for the foreign market.
This makes me happy I live in Japan. I have readily available access to all the cool stationery at retail price. So, I set my sights on the Pilot Cocoon and Kon-Peki colour Pilot ink.
I had ¥5000 worth of gift vouchers for Isetan, a high end department store here in Tokyo, which were given to me as a gift about 2 years ago. After checking the gift certificates I discovered there were no use by dates so knew exactly where I was going on the weekend and what I was going to use them for.
It was my first time in the stationery section of Isetan. The selection of papers and pens was astonishing, all perfectly displayed in shiny wooden cabinets and frames complete with staff dressed in suits and white gloves. I felt way under dressed in my jeans and down jacket paired with Adidas Classics. But I had ¥5000 to spend, albeit in vouchers but I knew what I came for.
I tried out both the (F) fine and (M) medium nibs of the Cocoon and decided on the fine nib. I was amazed at just how smooth the pen wrote. I will eventually get around to doing a full review later but I can see why this pen is mentioned as a great entry level pen.
The staff informed me they were doing an ink service, meaning they gave me a free ink for the pen. I chose blue. I just love blue inks. But I also bought the Pilot Kon-Peki ink too as well as the converter CON-40. All up my purchase was ¥5250 meaning I only had to pay ¥250 extra after using my 2 year old vouchers.
I was then asked if this pen is a gift. Many shops here ask you this because they usually do free gift wrapping complete with ribbon if you say yes.
Yes I said, my partner looking at me with a confused look on his face. It’s a gift to myself I reminded him.
I didn’t open it until today just to take these photos and all I can say for now is that I am so excited to start using this sexy pen and ink. So until my review, please enjoy the photos in this post.