Today's Haul: Maruzen (丸善) 2014.05.26

by Mel in ,


After spending three hours writing out podcast script at a family restaurant (think Denny's), I decided to reward myself with a trip to the Maruzen, a chain of book+stationery stores of quite high quality (personal opinion).

I blame the "reward" state of mind, the Maruzen point card, a 5am wake-up time to teach a 7am class, and the three cups of coffee I had at the family restaurant, but I spent two and a half hours making laps through the stationery area, repeatedly taking items from the shelf and returning them and taking them from the shelf again.

I'm pretty sure the staff thought I was one of those crazies and they were pretty damn right to think so.

The previously described state of mind also made me more susceptible to marketing ploys, especially if it's new stuff (excuses, excuses). The two first items I picked up were a Frixion, which is exactly the same as a regular black Frixion except that the barrel is fancy, and a Rhodia Ice Number 12.

Today's haul. I'd like to congratulate myself on my self-constraint.

Today's haul. I'd like to congratulate myself on my self-constraint.

I ended up buying both along with a B5 loose-leaf folder, a Surari, a card for my mom, and the first volume of the Biblia series, which I heard really good things about. Might write more about this on my other blog.

Onto the highlights of this particular haul.

Pilot Frixion Ball Knock Design Series 0.5 Black Color Block

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First, let me say that I am both a huge Frixion user and not a huge Frixion user.

I use the full rainbow of the clicky ones for work because I write notes for the people I teach and with my horrid handwriting, the erasability has been a lifesaver.

Placement of the display was also at the front of the store. Well played, Maruzen. Well played

Placement of the display was also at the front of the store. Well played, Maruzen. Well played

But as many in the pen blogosphere have noted, the black is not quite black. It's more a dark grey and that bothers me greatly so outside of work, I use my trusty Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.5 Black and more recently, fountain pens, but that's a whole different post. (I have to give Pilot credit, though, because the black has gotten darker over the years.)

However, regardless of my stance on the Frixion, as mentioned above, I'm a sucker for marketing and when I saw this display, I couldn't resist the fancy barrels. 

After a bit of internal rationalizing, my rational side gave in and I got the colorful one.

A bit of Internet searching has informed me that these six new designs are up for release on June 1st (FYI: today is May 26th) and target the designer community. I'm not quite sure if the very nature of this pen appeals to members of the designer community, but they sold at least one to a member of the "ooh shiny" community.

I just wish the explanations and warnings were a sticker because they totally take away from the overall look. Though apparently not so much as to deter my purchase. 

For anyone curious, it says "If you rub with the rubber on the top of the pen, the color will disappear. This cannot be used for signatures or addressing envelopes. Warning: Do not use this for anything other than writing. Avoid using the pen at an angle higher than parallel to the ground and retrack the pen after use. Do not leave under high heat; ink will lose color when it reaches over 60 degrees Celcius."

For anyone curious, it says "If you rub with the rubber on the top of the pen, the color will disappear. This cannot be used for signatures or addressing envelopes. Warning: Do not use this for anything other than writing. Avoid using the pen at an angle higher than parallel to the ground and retrack the pen after use. Do not leave under high heat; ink will lose color when it reaches over 60 degrees Celcius."

After reading one of the news articles I've learned that the one called "Indicator" changes appearance when clicked. Dude! Want! Currently debating changing back out of my PJs and leaving the comfort of my room to go back out to the center of town to get it. Just checked outside, it's raining. Staying in my PJs, it is!

Zebra Surari 0.5 Black Ink Earth Sky Blue

As I mentioned, my go-to black pen is the Zebra Sarasa, but gel ink isn't all-mighty and while I have a permanent marker, I wanted to pick up a black Surari to have in my arsenal. I was going to get the basic model in 0.7 Black, but when their are so many barrel options, why not get a cooler looking one? I almost got a clear dark turquiose until this one drew my eyes.

It's pretty. I like it. Amazing what a happy color can do for your mood.

It's pretty. I like it. Amazing what a happy color can do for your mood.

It's an 0.5, but I'm a sucker for light blue and chocolate brown. And the label calls it Earth Sky Blue. Even better! This pen makes me very happy and really, can you ask for more?

Rhodia Ice Number 12

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Believe it or not, this is my first Rhodia. 

Of course I knew about them, but maybe it was the bright orange and black or maybe it was the binding, but I was never attracted to these. I suppose some of it had to do with my constant choice of many other quality notebooks. I've been a Mnemosyne fan ever since I first took one in my hands years and years ago.

But after getting into fountain pens earlier this year and reading a lot more stationery blogs, my (online) exposure to them increased and my curiousity grew. And then I saw pictures of the special edition white Rhodias. I was pretty much sold. White and silver are a classic favorite and "special edition" has a seductive ring to it that I often can't resist.

And resist, I did not when I saw these on display. Unlike many occasions when I buy a notebook with the conviction that I'll find a use for it, I knew this would be used for recording pen/ink combinations. I'll be using this for all future "Ink up!" posts. Just the right size to scribble stuff out. My task for tonight: to make pages for my currently inked pens.

Didn't know what to do, so I drew some zentangles. Does this means I have to do this for each one? Hmmm....

Didn't know what to do, so I drew some zentangles. Does this means I have to do this for each one? Hmmm....

One down, four to go. This might take a while... 

More posts to come! (o^^o)