The Nib Section

41 - Tokyo Pen Expedition (A Happy Cut of the Tine Edition)

April 12, 2019

Sharyn and Leo’s exploration into the Japanese pen scene continues. They sit down with Bruno Taut of Crónicas Estilográficas and Mr Iwase of Iwase Seisakusho to talk Kubo nibs, urushi and raden, and Japanese artisanal manufacturing.


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The hosts were Sharyn (@sharynzha) and Leo (@inquisitivequill).




04:03—Interview with Bruno Taut


Crónicas Estilográficas (@brunotaut_fp)

Family Portrait (VIII). Myu-25 at al. - Crónicas Estilográficas

Pilot Myu-701 in steel - @brunotaut_fp

Tokyo Pen Shops - Crónicas Estilográficas

A Guide to Tokyo Pen shops - Tokyo fountain pen scene (Ross Stutler)

Pilot Capless - 50 years - Crónicas Estilográficas

Pockets - Crónicas Estilográficas

More Pocket Pens - Crónicas Estilográficas

Ban-ei, 挽栄 - Crónicas Estilográficas

Kubo Meets Sakai - Crónicas Estilográficas

Kubo Kohei four-tined music nib - TNS on Facebook

Another angle on the four-tined Kobu music nib - TNS on FB 

Mr. Iwase's Creations - Crónicas Estilográficas

Iwase prototype - TNS on FB 

Kubo, Yotsubishi and Iwase - Crónicas Estilográficas

Yotsubishi Kawari-nuri sakura (cherry) bark pattern c1955-1959 (by Ishi-Shoten) - PenHero  

Custom Urushi - Crónicas Estilográficas


From Shizuoka - Crónicas Estilográficas

Eboya (@eboya_made_in_tokyo)

Stylo Art Karuizawa (@styloart.karuizawa)

Madrid Pen Show


37:36—Vintage Japanese pens


San-essu - Crónicas Estilográficas

SSS pen - TNS on Facebook

Datation of Japanese Pens. II. Pilot Nibs - Crónicas Estilográficas


44:32—Interview with Iwase Junichi



Iwase raden pens - TNS on FB

More Iwase pens - TNS on FB 

Kubo nib on Iwase pen - TNS on FB 

Pelikan M1000 Sunrise - The Pelikan’s Perch

Pelikan M1000 Moonlight - The Pelikan’s Perch


51:45—Kubo nibs


The Kubo Singularity - Crónicas Estilográficas




Sharyn: Montblanc 220

Leo: Parker Big Red Rollerball and Pilot Capless BP

Photos on FB 


57:17—Other cool stuff


Seirei-nuri (Dragonfly Wing Pattern) - FPN

Takabatake Masayuki (Japan’s King of Stationery) -

Urushi Mina Project (seirei-nuri) - Edison Pen Co.

A large canvas: Danitrio Genkai in Seirei-Nuri Urushi - These Beautiful Pens

Pilot Maki-e Seirei-nuri - FPN

Shijin - Crónicas Estilográficas

First Piston by Sailor - Crónicas Estilográficas

Realo The 95th Anniversary Fountain Pen - Sailor




Tomoe River Branded Notebook




1:05:15—Thanks and Credits


Producer: Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai, Leo Fok.

Recording and editing: Sharyn Zha, Diana Dai.

Special thanks to: Bruno Taut, Iwase Junichi.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.

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