Japan pen trends in 2021
2021 was the year when people went back to in-store events, Sailor kicked into high gear, Pilot woke up, glass pens became unobtainable, and a North American ink brand challenged Tono & Lims.
Artisanal nib maker Kubo and his apprentices
Kohei Kubo is over 90 years old and still makes his own nibs, in his workshop in Tokyo. He’s behind some of the most extreme nibs ever made, and also taught Tohma how to make nibs.
Sanzen's Tomoe River successor
I tested Sanzen Paper’s soon-to-be-released Tomoe River successor, using extra broad and calligraphy nibs, with chromo-shading and sheening inks, and compared it to both “old” and “new” Tomoe River.
Kilk Epigram: A handmade pen from Istanbul
Planner paper comparison
Drillog: A 'glass pen' designed by CNC machinists
Tomoe River: The Full Story