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Fountain pen & ink roundup: Tomoe River successor and Christmas deals

Tomoe River “successor” and a couple of Christmas deals that you can check out this early make up this weeks roundup of pen, ink, and paper-related news.

Tomoe River successor edges predecessors – expert

Tomoe River paper produced by its new owner Sanzen beats the paper’s latest iteration, even matching the performance of the original version, according to Japan-based penthusiast Jacob of

Read: Sanzen acquires Tomoe River paper rights in $2.64m deal

“There was slightly less ghosting (show-through) on Sanzen’s paper than on the others. It was also the only paper that didn’t suffer any bleedthrough, even with my ridiculous nibs. An impressive feat,” said one-half of the Tokyo Inklings podcast duo.

Jacob ranks this version as his favorite. Find out more on this post.

Vinta outs Christmas inks

Philippine-based fountain pen ink brand Vinta has released another limited collection, with the iconic red and green colors of Christmas each getting a shimmery treatment.

Jewel Green 1908 / Parol evokes the type of green commonly seen on small plastic start-shaped lanterns typically seen on display. It has gold shimmer and red sheen according to @inksample on Instagram.


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Carol Red 1990 / Karol mirrors the other color by featuring green shin while also having gold shimmer

Both bottles are available in 30ml bottles for Php549 each.

Endless Pens bundles Christmas options for easy gifting

In case you’re still stuck with what to get pen folks for Christmas, Endless Pen makes it easier with Santa’s Gift Boxes. Choose from curated sets starting at $200 or be surprised yourself by getting a mystery box starting at $25, where the actual contents always exceed regular price.

Check out all options from Endless Pen’s Santa Gift Boxes through this link.