Lots of the Same

Went to a knife show but ended up acquiring ink.

Today there was a knife show sponsored by the Japan Custom Knife Makers and the Japan Knife Guild. I wasn’t planning on buying anything, but at these shows you never know.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on your point of view, a lot of the makers were displaying similar kinds of knives. The main theme was small fixed blade knives that are popular among some knife geeks in the USA but are problematic here in Japan. In theory a fixed blade with a blade under six centimeters long is legal to carry. However, as soon as you pull it out and use it someone will complain.

After a couple sweeps of the tables my Canadian friend and I headed down for a beer and then, after he went home, I headed down to Maruzen where I tried to convince a woman to make me a leather pen case (she turned me down). Then I went across the street to Takashimaya to pick up a couple bottles of their bespoke ink and discovered they had eight different flavors.

I bought all of them as I’m pretty sure I can sell them. However, on the way to the register, the clerk pointed out three flavors by a different company. I didn’t buy them, but that gives me an excuse to go back.

2 thoughts on “Lots of the Same

  1. Aurélie

    Hello! Do you know what happened to Takashimaya Sailor inks? I’m visiting Tokyo until the end of the week and went to Takashimaya Nihombashi fountain pens corner to look for these inks but it seems like they aren’t available anymore… The clerk couldn’t speak English and my Japanese is limited to order beers and say hello / thank you 😉
    Thanks for your help!

    1. DELively Post author

      They are most likely sold out as they usually display what they have. There are times where the only way I knew they were available again was I saw someone mention them on Instagram.


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