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Maruzen Athena Eternal Blue

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#1 visvamitra

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 15:45

Posted 03 July 2016 - 12:27

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Maruzen is a big brand department store in Japan. They carry their own line of pens and inks named Century and Athena. It seems most of their inks are made by Sailor. I'm not sure how many inks they offer at the moment but I know they have some stunning colors in the line up. It seems follwoing inks were / are offered to customers:

 

  1. Akane (limited edidion, Nihomnashi branch)
  2. Eternal Blue
  3. hatobanezu
  4. Lemon
  5. Midori
  6. Renga
  7. River Blue
  8. Sepia (Athena branch)

If anyone is able to complete the list, I would be grateful.

 

Tinjapan sent me a sample of two of their inks - Eternal Blue and Midori. Thank you Todd ;)

 

 

Eternal Blue is an intriguing ink - normally I dislike similar hues but this one offers some nice level of complecity that makes it interesting. It'll never become my first choice but I admit I was hooked for a while. Depending on the nib / paper combo the color may vary quite a lot.The ink behaves well but truth be told I've been using it for three days. 

 

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Drops of ink on kitchen towel

 

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Software ID

 

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Color Range

 

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Tomoe River, Pilot CH 74, M

 

 

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Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Sport Classic, B

 

 

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Kokuyo Campus, Pilot CH 74, M

 

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#2 saskia_madding

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 16:30

I love this ink a lot.  thanks for the close-up review.  :)



#3 errantmarginalia

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 18:52

I don't usually love this kind of color either, but I've always been intrigued by Eternal Blue, even more so now. Thanks for the review!

#4 Lgsoltek

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 19:35

Not bad. Kinda like Yama-dori but bluer?



#5 J85909266

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 00:40

Looks a bit like Yama-Dori to me, as well.


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#6 ethernautrix

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 00:46

Oh wow -- I could send you a sample of Hatobanezu.

 

I think I have Athena Sepia... but I might have given the bottle to someone (rather, the ink; I kept the bottle). I'll have to look. If I have it, I could send you a sample of that, too. Definitely the Hatobanezu (which I like A LOT). :-)


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Posted 23 September 2016 - 05:46

Vis, you are missing.. the 2016 LE.. Maruzen Fukurou (Owl)...  pic below... 

 

 

  1. Akane (limited edidion, Nihomnashi branch)
  2. Eternal Blue
  3. hatobanezu
  4. Lemon
  5. Midori
  6. Renga
  7. River Blue
  8. Sepia (Athena branch)

 

 

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#8 migo984

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 06:11

Also missing is the Nihombashi edition - Kirin.

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#9 visvamitra

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 07:07

@Ethernautrix - who am I to decline such an offer?

@Girls - thank you ;) The Owl looks interesting, I must google it.



#10 fabri00

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 08:00

I travel to Japan for business every year since long time ago, and Maruzen, that one of the picture, is a dept store I visit every time for pens and inks, also because it is located not far away from Tokyo Station, the main railway station of Tokyo.

I have not many but few Athena inks, and also some Kobe Inks.

If you want to review them, I can send you sample, together with some other difficult to find inks.

#11 visvamitra

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 08:06

That would be more than great :)



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Posted 23 September 2016 - 08:17

inksplash and paper towel looked oh so promising. Writing samples are disapointing for me. Thx for the review!


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Posted 23 September 2016 - 10:28

Fukurou looks very interesting.

Another source for ink samples could be Pen Posse. Visvamitra, if you provide a list of inks you'd like to review, I could send it along - or you could join the SF Bay Pen Posse group on FB and ask directly.

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 23:45

Thanks, Vis!  You are awesome.


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Posted 24 September 2016 - 11:02

Yum!

As an aside, is there a way to purchase Maruzen Athena Sepia or even a sample from a vendor, or is it Nippon only purchase?


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#16 visvamitra

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 16:59

In theory Cool_Japan on eBay should be able to get one for you but the price will be steep :/



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Posted 24 September 2016 - 21:09

In theory Cool_Japan on eBay should be able to get one for you but the price will be steep :/


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Posted 27 September 2016 - 04:12

I wonder how this compares to usagiya Setouchi marine blue?



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Posted 27 September 2016 - 04:51

I like the dark side of the color range from the paper towel but the writing comes across much lighter which I don't like as much. Still a nice color.

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 17:53

Wow! More unobtainable (or almost unobtainable) gorgeous ink from Japan!
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