Today I went to the pen fair at Maruzen (Tokyo) and the pre-sales of the Mitsukoshi pen fair which starts Wednesday next week.
Maruzen: it was the first time that I went there. I was not really impressed - Ohashido, Eboya, Pilot, Platinum, Sailor, Pilot, Caran d'Ache, Pelikan, Parker, ... were present - but everyone just with only a few pens - space is extremely limited.
And of course, the Maruzen brand Athena with some limited pens and inks, personally, I found this more interesting. Unexpected but very nice: around 40-50 bottles of each limited Athena ink from the penshows 2010 to this year (10 in total) were available - newly produced, not NOS. See photo.
The anniversary inks of Pilot were also available, couldn't resist and bought a full set too. Pilot inks are cheap in Japan - much cheaper than Sailor inks.
I was surprised that there were not so many customers, I expected many more. I didn't want to buy a pen, so I headed over to Mitsukoshi to see what "pre-sales" actually means. Everything tacked "web" in their flyer was already available today and is available online. That was good luck because I could buy already today the new LEs of Pilot's capless pens for a friend. I didn't want to be led in temptation to buy a pen, so I left early today.
Athena ink stack (the ink on the right side at the bottom is Onoto ink)
Edited by mke, 06 March 2019 - 13:09.