Ron Dutcher of Kamakura Pens publishes in the next issue of the Pennant.
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Sailor is releasing 500 pieces of this limited edition fountain pen set. As we understand it, they will only be available to the Japanese market. What I find most attractive about the set is the custom fountain pen carrying pouch. It is very similar to antique Japanese kimono pouches, that the first Japanese fountain pen users attached to their obi sashes back in the 1920's. Unlike most Sailor pens, this pen is a true piston filler, quite similar to Montblanc pens.
Kamakura Pens consults for Universal Studios
Pilot Releases the new Legaransu89 (I assume that this name is a Japanese katakana for a French translation of "The Elegance" in any case, the name sounds much better in Japanese than it does in English)
The pen comes in Red, Blue, Black and Brown with 14k Rhodium nibs and chrome trim. The price in Japan is about $150.
Over the weekend I contacted the artist who made the General Grant and Mikaeri Bijin Kamakura pens. He and his family are fine and well. Their home and studio suffered no serious dammage, but he is worried about his suppliers. There will likely be a lull in Limited Edition Maki-e fountain pens this year.
"If eBay had a Nobel Prize, Kamakura Pens would win it."
Guy Lesser, Harpers Magazine