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Sailor is releasing their shikiori inks in cartridges. Each package has 3 cartridges in it, with the name of the ink in English (or rather in Latin letters), so it's easy to know what ink is in it if you carry the cartridges loosely with you.

 

One package with 3 carts will cost 350 Yen + tax, so that gives an idea on price.

 

There will be a special/limited package available of all colours in a box.

 

See these instagram posts on packaging etc

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/CB92jRPJDcv/

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/CB94fkKgx_c/

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That's quite expensive, considering the 20ml ink bottles cost around 1,000 Yen in Japanese stores (about 1,080 Yen after tax).

 

I can't tell how much ink is in each cartridge, but still it's quite a premium over bottled ink, which is already at a premium over the previous 50ml bottles.

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That's quite expensive, considering the 20ml ink bottles cost around 1,000 Yen in Japanese stores (about 1,080 Yen after tax).

 

I can't tell how much ink is in each cartridge, but still it's quite a premium over bottled ink, which is already at a premium over the previous 50ml bottles.

The cartridges fit around 1ml, maybe 1.2ml.

A steep price for sure.

 

Though I'd happily buy a few boxes to try out some of the colours, more happily than buying samples tbh.

 

It'd be nice if the Pilot Iro inks also came in carts... And Platinum's Mixfree...

 

Though I wouldn't buy this regularly, for travel and trying out an ink it's perfect.

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It'd be nice if the Pilot Iro inks also came in carts...

 

Woohoo! The Shikiori carts are coming to North America!

 

Actually, I think they do. A while back. I bought some IC-50 carts in Blue-Black, Blue, Violet and Apricot, and aside from the Blue (it's MIA), the others are twins of Shin-Kai, Murasaki-Shikibu and Apricot. Again, the IC-50 carts, not to be confused with the Parallel Mixable carts. Not the same beast, and not sure if these are for FP. The ink looks a lot thicker.

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Woohoo! The Shikiori carts are coming to North America!

 

Actually, I think they do. A while back. I bought some IC-50 carts in Blue-Black, Blue, Violet and Apricot, and aside from the Blue (it's MIA), the others are twins of Shin-Kai, Murasaki-Shikibu and Apricot. Again, the IC-50 carts, not to be confused with the Parallel Mixable carts. Not the same beast, and not sure if these are for FP. The ink looks a lot thicker.

I know which ones you mean! There's also colourful cartridges in pretty packaging available in Japan by Pilot, which seem to be marketed for use with the Kakuno (at least that's my impression).

 

I wouldn't put the Pilot Parallel Mixable carts in regular fountain pens either, just to be safe.

 

I'd love for Iro inks in carts specifically though, then I'd buy a pack of Ajisai, Asa Gao, Tsuki-Yo, Tsuyukusa, Takesumi...

All blue and black inks, what can I do?

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... which seem to be marketed for use with the Kakuno (at least that's my impression).

 

... then I'd buy a pack of Ajisai, Asa Gao, Tsuki-Yo, Tsuyukusa, Takesumi...

i have always been under the impression that the Kakuno is the children's version of the Prera, its colours and smiley nibs appealing maybe more to a younger crowd, although I like the Kakuno Grey/Orange and Grey/Pink.

 

+1 on Ajisai, Asa Gao, Tsuyu-Kusa and Take-Sumi, but no-go on Tsuki-Yo: for some reason, we do not get along. It's too similar in behaviour to Waterman Mysterious Blue, not quite blue, not quite green, more of a ... mystery ..., at least with my paper/pen combos.

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i have always been under the impression that the Kakuno is the children's version of the Prera, its colours and smiley nibs appealing maybe more to a younger crowd, although I like the Kakuno Grey/Orange and Grey/Pink.

 

+1 on Ajisai, Asa Gao, Tsuyu-Kusa and Take-Sumi, but no-go on Tsuki-Yo: for some reason, we do not get along. It's too similar in behaviour to Waterman Mysterious Blue, not quite blue, not quite green, more of a ... mystery ..., at least with my paper/pen combos.

I've been thinking of this packaging and associating it with the Kakuno, though it is not especially made for the Kakuno!

https://www.jetpens.com/Pilot-Blue-Black-Ink-5-Cartridges/pd/13577

 

That seems to be the standard Japanese packaging, whereas the red/white packaging with the "IC-50" or "IC-100" mark is for export (def. the same ink colours in the two packagings, just box adapted to specific markets).

 

The Kakuno is definitely their children's pen, it shares the same nib/feed as the Prera, Metro and some others, but interesting you say the "Prera kid version", I can see why! It kinda really is..! :D

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