Ca.Crea Premium Cross × Sailor Profit Junior Limited Edition Set (and where to buy it!)

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This is a collaboration between PLUS and Sailor. Each set includes a Ca.Crea Premium Cross notebook, a Sailor Profit Junior, and a 20ml bottle of dye ink. The sets come in three colours: navy, pink, and purple.

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Details

The notebook is designed for writing with fountain pens. It opens flat and is 1/3 of an A4 paper in size. (A4 is slightly longer than the letter size standard in North America.)

The pen nib is a MF size which suits beginners, and it features an original design that is not found in other Sailor Profit Juniors. Navy features a Mt. Fuji logo, pink features a cherry blossom logo, and the purple features a origami crane logo which symbolizes hope and good wishes.

How to buy?

Each set retails for 5,500 JPY (prices exclude tax/shipping/duties), and you can buy directly from Amazon Japan. This is a great, because buying through AmazonGlobal means:

  1. No 8% Japanese sales tax
  2. Courier shipping at reasonable rates
  3. DDP—no surprises at the door!

Sailor also sells it on their web store as well.

To buy or not to buy?

All three items in the set are sold separately on Amazon Japan at a cheaper price (prices exclude shipping/duties).

Just looking at the price, it may be cheaper to buy the items separately. Considering that Amazon prices often fluctuate, you can buy the above items at a discounted rate. However, there are unique points to the set, such as the matching colouring to all three items, as well as the special nib design. The set is also packaged in a gift box, which makes it easy for gifting purposes.

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Will you buy a set? ☺️

This marks the first of the many collaboration between PLUS and Sailor. Excited to see what’s next!

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Review: Sailor Usagiya 2017 LE Touka

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I must confess—I purchased Touka for admiration purposes only. Touka’s pearl pink shine is alluring in a way that I cannot refuse, even if it meant instant noodles for the remainder of the month. The rose gold plating in the metal parts also add an extra layer of softness. The 14k nib offers a slightly firmer hand which suits my heavy-handedness. (Not that I will be using this at work.)

Specifications

桃花 – touka –
Peach Blossom
Limited to 160
Year: November 3rd, 2017
Price: 16,000 yen (excluding tax)
Nib: EF, F, MF, M, B, Z, MS
Size: Ø 17 × 124 mm
Metal part: pink gold plating finish
Cap / Barrel: PMMA resin / pearl pink
Other parts: PMMA resin / white

See a list of all Usagiya LE pens over here.

Where to buy?

Usagiya is located in the Okayama prefecture, and as far as I know, they do not accept mail orders. Unless you hire an agent who can go into the stores to buy it for you, your second best bet would be Yahoo! Auctions. However, waiting for it to show up might take a very long while.

Similar-ish Pens

 

(Sold out) Sailor Hougado Pro Gear Slim SAKURASailor Pentonote Pro Gear Realo Yuki no Shita De, Sailor Usagiya Pro Gear Hanakasumi.

 

(Still available) Sailor Lecoule Collection Fountain Pen Rose QuartzSailor Shikiori Hisakata Fountain Pen Pink SakuraSailor Shikiori Tsukuyo-no-Minamo Fountain Pen Pink Yozakura.

I hope that this was a satisfactory review… Still trying to figure how to go about doing this.

Until next time!

“Nonble Ice Blue” and “Nonble Night Blue”—Newest from NBC

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NBCオリジナル万年筆『NONBLE アイスブルー』『NONBLE ナイトブルー』 

Kinokuniya NBC “NONBLE” Fountain Pens—”Ice Blue” “Night Blue”
Limited to 100 each
Release date: December 7, 2018 (Friday)
Price: ¥ 19,440 (including tax)
Nib type: 14 gold, medium size
Nib plating: Ice Blue—No plating, Night Blue—Rhodium plating
Nib size: EF, F, MF, M, B, Z, MS
Cap / Barrel: PMMA resin in clear light blue/clear white/clear navy
Cap decoration: PMMA resin in black, original logo
Metal parts: Gold plating/nickel chrome plating finish
Body size: φ17 x 124 mm
Pen tip features an original design.

NBC is a subsidiary of Kinokuniya Books. More photos here and here.

Kingdom Note: The Tale of Genji Series

Kingdom Note is a store in Tokyo which specializes in the buying and selling of writing utensils, as well as repair services. This collection is inspired by seven female characters from The Tale of Genji. Post last updated on November 11th, 2018.


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SAILOR セーラー 万年筆 キングダムノート別注 源氏物語シリーズ 第一弾 玉鬘(たまかずら)
Tamakazura “Jeweled Chaplet”
Inks: 山吹の細長、瑠璃君
Price: ¥42,120 including tax
Release date: April 2017
Material: Resin
Nib: 21k gold
Size: 150mm × 16mm (not including the clip)
Weight: 21g
Character Description: Tamakazura – A daughter of Tō No Chūjō and a lady called Yugao, who was later a concubine of Genji. Tamakazura is adopted by Genji. She wants to meet her real father, who doesn’t know she is still alive. Genji forms a salon for her admirers. He takes pleasure in watching young men compete for Tamakazura’s favor. Her brothers, sons of Tō No Chūjō, are involved, not knowing that she is their sister. Genji himself flirts with her, just to see her reaction. Later, she and Tō No Chūjō meet again by the courtesy of Genji. Genji plans to marry her well, but she is raped by a middle-aged courtier and becomes his wife instead. (Wikpedia)


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キングダムノート×セーラー 別注万年筆&ボトルインク 「源氏物語シリーズ」 第2弾 花散里

Hanachirusato “The Village of Falling Flowers”
Inks: 浅縹の織物、橘
Price: ¥42,120 including tax
Release date: April 2017
Material: Resin
Nib: 21k gold
Size: 150mm × 16mm (not including the clip)
Weight: 21g
Character Description: a young lady, sister of the concubine of Emperor Suzaku. One of Genji’s loves. Not so beautiful, but warm-hearted lady. (Wikipedia)


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キングダムノート×セーラー 別注万年筆&ボトルインク 「源氏物語シリーズ」 第3弾 空蝉
Utsusemi “Cicada Shell”
Inks: 青鈍の織物、帚木
Price: ¥42,120 including tax
Release date: August 2017
Material: Resin
Nib: 21k gold
Size: 150mm × 16mm (not including the clip)
Weight: 21g
Character Description: Utsusemi (空蝉/Cicada Shell/ Lady of the Locust Shell) – She is the wife of the Iyo Deputy and stepmother of the Governor of Kii. She attracts Genji’s attention, but resists his courtship despite his repeated attempts to win her over. Although she will not become a central character in the tale, Utsusemi is memorable as the first woman Genji courts in the tale and whose courtship the readers actually witness and also, arguably, as the first to resist him (chapters 2,3,4; reenters the tale in chapter 16; is mentioned again in chapter 23). (Wikpedia)


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キングダムノート×セーラー 別注万年筆&ボトルインク 「源氏物語シリーズ」 第4弾 末摘花
Suetsumuhana “Safflower”
Limited to 35
Inks: 柳の織物、紅花
Price: ¥42,120 including tax
Release date: October 2017
Material: Resin
Nib: 21k gold
Size: 150mm × 16mm (not including the clip)
Weight: 21g
Character Description: Suetsumuhana (末摘花) is the archaic Japanese word for the safflower. It is known now as Benibana (紅花). It is also the name of a female character in Murasaki Shikibu’s epic novel The Tale of Genji. The sixth chapter of it is named after her. She is also known as the Safflower Princess. In some English translations she appears as Princess Hitachi. Prince Genji was briefly attracted to her, until she lowered her fan to reveal her nose. However, he eventually felt sorry for her and helped support her. (Wikpedia)


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キングダムノート×セーラー 別注万年筆・ボトルインク 「源氏物語シリーズ」 第5弾 明石の御方
Akashi no Onkata
Limited to 35
Inks: 冬の御型、濃き織物
Price: ¥42,120 including tax
Release date: December 2017
Material: Resin
Nib: 21k gold
Size: 150mm × 16mm (not including the clip)
Weight: 21g
Character Description: Akashi-no-okata – daughter of Priest Akashi. A beautiful, elegant, young lady. Genji and his followers met with disaster by typhoon at Suma. They moved to Akashi according to invitation by Priest Akashi. Genji, then, made love with her and begot a girl baby (later, Akashi-no-nyougo). (Wikpedia)


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セーラー×キングダムノート別注万年筆 源氏物語シリーズ 第六弾 明石の姫君
Akashi no kimi
Limited to 35
Inks: 鶯、桜の細長
Price: ¥42,120 including tax
Release date: February 2018
Material: Resin
Nib: 21k gold
Size: 150mm × 16mm (not including the clip)
Weight: 21g
Character Description: Lady Akashi – Born as a middle-ranked noble, a love affair with Genji was not her own plan, but her father was insistent in getting them involved in a relationship. She gives a birth to a girl, the only daughter of Genji. She brings up her daughter (called Little Lady Akashi, later Empress Akashi) until the age of four, when Genji decides that Lady Murasaki should adopt the little girl. Lady Akashi is saddened, but gradually accepts the situation. Later, she meets her daughter again, now a court lady of the crown prince, and receives many honors as the birth mother of little Lady Akashi. She then receives a letter from her father about his fortune-telling dream. He writes the dream gave him a prediction that his granddaughter by Lady Akashi would become the empress, and he turned all his efforts to realize that prediction. (Wikpedia)
Note: Couldn’t find more pictures… I tried!


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セーラー×キングダムノート別注万年筆 源氏物語シリーズ 第七弾 紫の上
Murasaki no Ue
Limited to 35
Inks: 若紫、葡萄の小袿
Price: ¥42,120 including tax
Release date: April 2018
Material: Resin
Nib: 21k gold
Size: 150mm × 16mm (not including the clip)
Weight: 21g
Character Description: Lady Murasaki (Murasaki no Ue) – She is the daughter of Prince Hyōbu by a minor consort and related to Fujitsubo on her father’s side (Hyōbu is Fujitsubo’s brother, hence Murasaki is Fujitsubo’s niece). She makes her debut into the tale as a substitute for her unattainable aunt, but she gradually outshines Fujitsubo in Genji’s and the readers’ eyes, turning into “a substitute for all seasons.”[2]:160 In fact, her very name, “Murasaki” translated as “Lavender,” plays on the similarity of two colors (the color “murasaki” is purple of a darker hue than “fuji”, wisteria, of Fujitsubo’s name). Discovered by Genji in the Northern Hills when she is only ten, she is taken into his Nijō residence after the death of her grandmother (the episode of her kidnapping has definite violent undertones) where she is molded into Genji’s ideal woman, not unlike the myth of Galatea, with whom she is often compared.[8] She remains Genji’s most important lover throughout the tale, but, because of her imperfect social status (she is of royal blood on her father’s side, but her mother was a commoner), she can never be acknowledged as Genji’s main wife (kita no kata). For that reason, her position is perpetually insecure, especially when Genji’s attention shifts to other women including Akashi, Asagao, but most importantly, the Third Princess. Childless her entire life, Murasaki can only adopt Genji’s daughter by the Akashi Lady and raise her to become an empress. Towards the end of her life, she repeatedly expresses her desire to become a nun, but meets Genji’s resolute opposition. She becomes the victim of spirit possession in chapter 35 (the aggressor is once more identified as Rokujō, though this interpretation has been debated [5]) and dies in chapter 40 without having realized her wish. Murasaki as a character of the Genji has triggered much debate among scholars. Some see her as an utterly miserable character,[8] while others claim that her relationship with Genji is the best things that could have happened to a woman of Murasaki’s status. The beauty of this character resides precisely in its complexity. (Wikpedia)

George’s Latte—Newest LE from Usagiya

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ジョルジュラパン オリジナル万年筆『ジョルジュラテ』
Georges Lapin “Georges Latte”
Limited to 130
Release date: October 30th, 2018 (Tue)
Price: ¥20,520 (including tax)
Nib type: 14 gold, medium size
Nib size: EF, F, MF, M, B, Z, MS
Cap / Barrel: PMMA resin in brown with lame / clear ivory
Cap decoration: PMMA resin in black, original logo
Metal parts: Gold plated finish
Body size: φ17 x 124 mm

Georges Lapin is a cafe operated by Usagiya. The logo is an original design—ears on the letter “g” as a reference to the cafe’s name. Usagiya products are only available through their store or sometimes their Rakuten online store. See the rest of the Usagiya limited editions here.

Sailor × Various Anime/Character Collaborations

This list is incomplete. Last updated on September 28th, 2018.


Hello Kitty

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セーラー・ハローキティ・スウィートベリー万年筆
Hello Kitty Sweet Berry Fountain Pen
Price: 18,900 yen
Release date: March 2009
Nib: 14k

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セーラー・ハローキティ・スウィートベリー万年筆
Hello Kitty Sweet Berry Fountain Pen
Price: 40,000 yen (tax not included)
Release date: January 2014
Limited number of 400 sets
Nib: 21k


Sailor Moon

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美少女戦士セーラームーン 変装ペン万年筆
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Disguise Henso Pen and Sailor Pink Ink Set
Quantities: Made to order
First Reservation: 2017/11/15 13:00 JST to 2018/04/17 23:00 JST. Delivery on 2018/04/24.
Second Reservation: 2018/05/24 13:00 JST to 2018/07/08 23:00 JST. Delivery on 2018/11/10.
Price: 24,840 yen (including tax)
Set Content: Fountain pen, converter, ink (pink), package
Nib: F, steel
Size: Fountain pen about W20 × H150 × D 20 mm, ink about W65 × H50 × D65 mm, package about W195 × H68 × D 123 mm
Material: AS, zinc alloy, cubic zirconia, glass, PP, PE, glass, paper
Country of origin: Japan, China
The white box is the “Fan Club Limited Package Edition” only available for Bandai’s Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon fan club members, which includes a printed special message and signature from Mitsuishi Kotono, who played the voice of the hero, Usagi Tsukino.

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美少女戦士セーラームーン タキシードブラックインク(万年筆用インク)
Tuxedo Black Ink
Quantities: Made to order
Reservation: 2017/11/15 13:00 JST to 2018/04/17 23:00 JST. Delivery on 2018/04/24.
Size: Ink about W65 × H50 × D65 mm, package about W67 × H52 × D 67 mm
Price: 2,160 yen (including tax)
Materials: PP, PE, glass, paper
Country of origin: Japan


Kuroko’s Basket/Basketball

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黒子のバスケ オフィシャル万年筆 特製インク付きセット 【全七種類】
Kuroko’s Basketball Official Fountain Pen and Ink Set
Price: 19,800 yen (tax not included)
Release date: September 12th, 2016
Material: AS resin, (maroon/black one is PMMA resin)
Size: pen = 1.7 × 13.4 cm, bottle = 6.5 × 5 cm
Nib: stainless steel
Nib size: F
Weight: pen = 16g, ink = 171 g
Set contents: ink bottle, converter, special box
Country of origin: Japan


Attack on Titan


【進撃の巨人×セーラー万年筆】万年筆とボールペン
Attack on Titan—Fountain pen
Release date: April 9th, 2016
Material: PMMA resin
Metal parts are done in IP gold finish.
Pen tip: MF
Price: 27,000 yen (tax included)
Size: 1.7 × 12.4 cm
Contents: 16.8 g
Country of origin: Japan


【進撃の巨人×セーラー万年筆】万年筆とボールペン
Attack on Titan—Ball pen
Release date:April 9th, 2016
Material: PMMA resin
Price: 5,400 yen (tax included)
Size: Approximately 1.6 × length 13 cm
Contents: 22.4 g
Country of origin: Japan


Tatsunoko Production

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タツノコプロ55th.『アクビ万年筆セット』
Tatsunoko Production 55th Anniversary—Akubi Fountain Pen Set
Price: 35,640 yen (tax included)
Part Number: 10-3300-000
JAN code: 49-01680-19168-1
Release date: December 1, 2017 (Friday)
Limited number of 200 sets
Nib: 14k gold
Nib size: MF, M
Material: PMMA Resin
Metal parts are done in gold plated finish.
Size: φ17 × 135 mm (including clip part)
Weight: 17 g
Package size: 190x108x55mm
Set weight: 375 g
Set contents: fountain pen, 1 original bottle ink, converter, manual

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タツノコプロ55th.『ドロンジョ万年筆セット』
Tatsunoko Production 55th Anniversary—Doronjo Fountain Pen Set
Price: 37,800 yen (tax included)
Part Number: 10-3500-000
JAN code: 49-01680-19167-4
Release date: December 1, 2017 (Friday)
Limited number of 200 sets
Nib: 14k gold
Nib size: MF, M
Material: PMMA Resin
Metal parts are done in gold plated finish.
Size: φ17 × 135 mm (including clip part)
Weight: 17 g
Package size: 195x122x55mm
Set weight: 558 g
Set contents: fountain pen, 2 original bottle inks, converter, manual


Detective Conan

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Detective Conan × Sailor Official Fountain Pen and Ink Set
Price: 19,800 yen (tax not included)
Each color is limited to 950 sets.
Release date: March 2017
Material: AS resin
Size: pen = 1.7 × 13.4 cm, bottle = 6.5 × 5 cm
Nib: stainless steel
Nib size: F
Weight: pen = 16g, ink = 171 g
Set contents: ink bottle, converter, special box
Country of origin: Japan


Production Resumed on Sailor’s Specialty Nibs Naginata Togi and Cross Point Series

The production on Sailor’s Naginata Togi and Cross series had been on pause since December 2015, but Sailor had announced today that full production will resume on October 5th, 2018. The series will be completely revamped with a new look, feel, quality, and craftsmanship. There is also a slight price increase between 40~50% depending on the type:

Naginata Togi 25,000 yen → 50,000 yen
Naginata Togi Emperor 35,000 yen → 60,000 yen
Naginata Togi Concord 30,000 yen → 55,000 yen
Cross Point 45,000 yen → 70,000 yen
Cross Concorde 45,000 yen → 70,000 yen
Cross Music 50,000 yen → 75,000 yen
Naginatatogi Fun DE Mannen 25,000 yen → 55,000 yen

Though not confirmed, I heard that nibs are not interchangeable between the new and the old. We shall wait and see if the new price tag is worth it.

See the original Press Release PDF file by Sailor here.