I’m doing a trip around Japan before coming back home and I had the chance of visiting the most peculiar stationery store I’ve ever seen. It’s on the 1st floor of a residential building next to the commercial district, you’d only go there if you knew it was there.
I was very optimistic about finding some store-exclusive Nohara Kougei but of course they had none. They had some copycat thin-barrel MPs with the same tips and grips and I was quite disappointed with how they felt. I’ve never used a Nohara but I hope that the original ones have a more solid feel and higher quality.
Aside from that, they had a ton of interesting stuff. Parafernalia, postal co, craft A (no metal gripped versions, sadly), wooden barrels for multiple pencils, marvelous wood MPs and multipens, tons of designer leather and wood instruments…
I also tried the store limited wooden barrel luddite tech graph. They look amazing but the grip is thin and I know I’ll never use it. Lovely pencil for anyone that likes rotring 600.
There was a stand by an artisan called Flambert, which I had never heard about. He had some titanium gripped wooden barrel pencils, as well as some straight shaft pencils, but he seemed to focus on box cutters. The quality was astounding and the prices weren’t that high for the woods he was using.
This was my final haul: a marvelous wood MP made of Briar wood (19900 yen) and a Rosewood burl cutter from Flambert (8800 yen). My friend bought another one for himself.
I want to use the marvelous wood MP more before writing in depth about it, but I’ll just say it’s construction seems to be exquisite. Full brass internals , double threading to the tip and to the body, brass inserts in all weak parts, (supposedly) exclusive internals, super tight tolerances on the machined back cap. And to top it all, a beautiful wooden barrel.