Episodes
CY and Jacob talk about affordable naginata grinds, Pikachu-themed boardroom pens, rebottled Sailor inks, Kickstarter funding goals, red polar bears, and creepy sushi mascots.   Show notes with links and feedback form. Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 07/18/21
CY and Jacob try out a trendy new paper and discuss Drillog, the annual Pen Trading in Tokyo, and their thoughts on Platinum’s Kinshu and Sailor’s 110th-anniversary pen after trying both at Maruzen this week.   Show notes with links and feedback form. Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 07/04/21
CY, Jacob, and guests Akane, Alesa, and Khuê talk about glass pens, paper testing, tax-deductible dip pens, and cat influencers.   Show notes with links and feedback form. Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 06/20/21
CY and Jacob debunk the latest Tomoe River rumors and talk about paper options, chubby pens, the latest Sailor products, and gray importers.   Show notes with links and feedback form. Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 06/06/21
CY and Jacob sort out what's going on with Tomoe River, discuss double standards in the pen community, and talk about the latest new product announcements.   Show notes with links and feedback form. Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 05/23/21
CY and Jacob talk about telescopic piston fillers, tax deductible pens, two new Platinum releases, and why they're passionate about fountain pens.   Show notes with links and feedback form. Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 05/09/21
CY and Jacob talk about how not to ink up a vintage pen, about Japan's third state of emergency and what it means for stationery stores and events, and about Nagahara's views on stacked nibs, overseas pen makers, and more.   Show notes with links and feedback form. Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 04/25/21
CY, Jacob, and Pilot collector extraordinaire Leo Fok (aka Inquisitive Quill) geek out about Pilot’s history and many models, nibs, filling systems, and shareholder gifts.   Show notes with links and feedback form. Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 04/11/21
CY and Jacob talk about Plus and Sailor's all-new sub-brand, product launches, and Apple-esque retail store in Tokyo's posh Ginza shopping district.   Show notes with links and feedback form. Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 03/28/21
CY, Jacob, Khue, and Alesa get together after the Maruzen World Pen Fair to discuss the event, Pilot's latest exciting releases, and Sailor's never ending LEs as well as a surprise release from Kokuyo.   Show notes with links and feedback form. Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 03/14/21
CY, Jacob, and special guest Alesa argue about a new, colorful Pilot pen, and talk about stacked nibs, composite materials, and robotics news.   Show notes with links and feedback form. Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 02/28/21
CY and Jacob talk about broken arms, cracked caps, bankruptcies, news, and quintessentially Japanese pens. Show notes with links and feedback form.Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 02/14/21
CY and Jacob talk about welded nib experiments, Nagahara's opinions on zoom nibs, and the latest batch of Sailor releases.  Show notes with links and feedback form.Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 01/31/21
CY and Jacob talk about Onoto and Maruzen, junk bin finds, cat shows, wooden pens, and stationery events during Tokyo's second state of emergency. Show notes with links and feedback form.Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 01/17/21
CY, Jacob, Khuê, and Alesa look back at the major events in 2020 and also try to make a few predictions. Show notes with links and feedback form.Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 01/03/21
CY and Jacob discuss an unusual auction find, CY's latest haul, Maruzen's pen fair lineup, a bunch of new Sailor releases (again), and a new Pilot LE from Fukushima. Show notes with links and feedback form.Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 12/20/20
CY and Jacob sit down for a discussion on Sailors, Pilot's new sub-brand, the new Platinum Procyon.... and four butts? Show notes with links and feedback form.Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 12/06/20
CY, Jacob, Khuê, and Alesa talk about TIPS, glass pen drama, new Sailor releases, Mercari finds, and disappointing eyedroppers. Show notes with links and feedback form.Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 11/22/20
CY and Jacob report live from the 2020 Tokyo International Pen Show. Video recording. Show notes with links and feedback form.Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution). 
Published 11/08/20
CY and special guest Akane talk about growing up with stationery in Japan, differences across borders, and what it's like to be a stationery fan as a run of the mill Japanese (?). Show notes with links and feedback form.Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution). 
Published 10/25/20
CY and Jacob talk about whimsical roll stoppers, fat Japanese nibs, disclosure reports, non-angular typography, the future of stationery events in Japan, and a sparkly Kyoto Opal pen. Show notes with links and feedback form.Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution). 
Published 10/11/20
CY and Jacob talk about Bokumondoh beauties, notebooks, chubby vintage pens, pen and ink news, and streets for men. Show notes with links and feedback form.Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 09/27/20
CY, Jacob, Khuê, and Alesa talk about observations and haul from Japan's biggest ink show.(This episode was recorded at a nearby cafe with a single microphone, so please kindly forgive the audio quality.) Show notes with links and feedback form.Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 09/13/20
CY, Jacob, and Khuê talk about paper, planners, nib engraving, Chinese pens, and metal powder. Show notes with links and feedback form.Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 08/30/20
In this second 'emergency' episode, CY and Jacob talk about new announcements from Sailor.Show notes with links.Jingle by Audionautix.com (CC Attribution).
Published 08/22/20