Kinokunyia was a high priority visit during my trip. I had decided before visiting that all shopping from Kinokuniya would be focused on things that I couldn't, or were hard to get at home. Planning is all part of the fun / sickness.
High up on my list was the Pilot Kakuno fountain pen. In the UK you can get hold of these beginner fountain pens but only with the dark grey barrel. I always thought the white barrels were much nicer. Luckily in Kinokunyia they a good rage of colours available. I opted for the Kakuno with the yellow cap and a medium nib. I have some ink on order from Jet Pens so once this arrives I will get this pen inked up and start using it.
Alongside this I bought a few Zebra Midliners and some Japanese pencils. I was restrained with the pencil purchases because I would be visiting CW Pencils during my trip so I went for pencils that I didn't think I could get from CW Pencils such as the Mono J and Uni Stars. Below is a full run down of my shopping at Kinokunyia.
- Tombow Mono J H x1
- Tombow 2558 H x1
- Mitsu-bishi Uni star pencil H x1 and F x1
- Prismacolor Verithin Bleu Indigo 741
- Tombow HB
- Pilot Kakuno medium nib fountain pen in yellow and white
- Zebra Midliner - 1 in peach, 1 light pink, 1 light blue
Haul Part 2 - CW Pencil Enterprise
A few days after Kinokunyia I visited CW Pencils where I went a little pencil crazy. The classroom friendly sharpener was high up on my shopping list, again, as you cannot get these easily in the UK. I went for this lovely pillar box red. I love this sharpener, I have never used anything like it.
I tested out the Blackwings Volumes 725 on CW Pencils testing station. I was concerned about the graphite being too soft which stopped me buying these online. After testing them and seeing the gorgeous lacquer in the flesh, I decided I had to have a 12 pack. The packaging, like the pencil, is really well done. I am just glad I managed to grab a pack before they sold out.
In addition to these larger purchases I bought a Baron Fig Apprentice 3 pack. The paper in the Baron Fig works well with pencils. I have used the larger Baron Fig Confident in the past, but not the pocket notebooks so I am looking forward to trying these out.
And then of course come the pencils themselves. The wall of pencils in CW Pencils is kind of overwhelming. There are so many pencils on offer, and I did take quite some time dwelling over what to buy, studying the pencil wall 3 or 4 times.
Despite the time I spent pacing I was fairly conservative in the number of pencils I bought. I bought with testing in mind - all part of the quest to find my perfect pencil. I wanted to try some different brands in the hope that I will find something I really like. Again, I also bought pencils that were tricky to get in the UK. Below is the final list.
- Mitsu-bishi 9000 HB x1
- General's Semi-Hex HB x1
- Caran d'Ache F edelweiss 341-3 pencil x2
- General's Cedar Pointe 333 HB x1
- Caran d'Ache HB edelweiss 341-2 pencil x2
- Tombow 8900 HB x1
- General Pencil Co. Kimberley 525 F x1
- 2 pencil caps - not pictured
A graphite heavy trip
I bought a lot of pencils and pencil related items during my trip to NYC. Pencils a lot of the time do not feature within my stationery shopping and I hadn't planned on buying so many this time round. This means for the next few weeks I will be using pencils a lot more than usual. At the moment some big favourites of mine are the Palomino 725, the Tombow 2558 and the Mitsu-bishi 9000. In particular the 725 is so pretty and I am enjoying the graphite much more than I thought I would. The Classroom Friendly sharpener is amazing and is completely stealing the show. I cannot get enough of this and it completely blows away any other sharpener that I have. I have never had a pencil point like it.
As I use these new additions and become more familiar with them I will be getting reviews up on The Finer Point.