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Bungbox Ink (2-Pack)
Bungbox Ink (2-Pack)
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Why don't Sailor just make more of these inks in their regular production line? Shame shame....
They don't really have a choice. Bungbox is a company, a pen shop, in Japan. They more or less contracted Sailor to make inks specific for this shop. The shop is selling it, not sailor. Sailor is just the maker.
It's kinda like the idea of an exclusive. Some video games are for certain systems. One could argue why a game wouldn't be on all systems, but Playstation (or whatever) likes exclusives because it drives up sales. Bungbox is a smaller shop, and they only have so much ink made and that's it. It's very expensive, but really good ink. I tend to go for each of these drops when they become available. It doesn't help that the Yen is so good against the dollar right now, that's driving up the costs too.
I appreciate your detailed explanation. But I still do think Sailor should come up with more diverse colours than they do now, rather than keep on discontinuing and discontinuing.
I agree with you. I think it may come down to a bit related to culture. Bungbox is sold a lot in the west (Europe, America, etc), whereas Sailor inks themselves are a bit harder to get. Yeah, you can get them through Amazon, but there doesn't seem to be a full distributer like there is for Pilot. There's a good article that Brian at GouletPens wrote regarding the issues he had with Sailor.
I think that's the big reason why we don't see more colors. If you look at Japanese Culture, they aren't as...diverse as we have it here. Fine/Extra Fine is important for Japanese writing (which I do a lot of writing in Japanese), and seem to sell more than mediums (which yes you can get). When dealing with Japanese Fine/EF, color isn't quite as nice as it is with more broad nibs. You don't have as much shading for one, and a lot of colors can appear to be very similar/same because you're having such a thin line. Also, Japanese culture is a bit more muted, simple, earthy colors. I think if Sailor kinda branched out a bit more than just the Japanese market, they'd be a bit better off. They aren't anywhere near the size of Pilot.
I'd recommend the Iroshizuku line of inks if you want more diverse colors, but work with an ink that's similar in terms of performance as Sailor. I think the formulation is very similar, and I use primarily Iroshizuku (I literally have every color, multiple bottles, etc) and Sailor/Bungbox (I have most of the colors that both have put out).
You should look at Kobe Inks. They are made by Sailor.. they have very similar colors.. and same behaviour at half the price.
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