The new Sailor Jentle inks have arrived, and they're on our shelves now! We had to squeeze some inks together to make room - and what a delightful thought, overflowing ink shelves. It's always nice to get a new line of inks in, but this one in particular is nice as we're sometimes reminiscing and sometimes sharing with folks who have only heard of the inks but never tried them. I thought I would share a few photos of what these new old inks look like.
Sailor Jentle Peche
Sailor Jentle Grenade
Sailor Jentle Sky High
For more shots of Sky High, you can take a look at the original announcement on the blog here
, from just a few weeks ago.
Sailor Jentle Epinard
Sailor Jentle Apricot
Most of these inks have some sheen to them, some more than others. The Apricot also has some good sheen to it, although it doesn't show in the photos - it has a sort of pinkish-yellow-orange sheen that I'm having a hard time catching on camera, but it's lovely in real life. As far as I know, production isn't going to be limited, and we have good stock for now. I haven't heard that Sailor will be stopping production, but because this is a North American exclusive, I don't know if it's something that's meant to join the production line indefinitely. I think probably because I have one or two bottles of each colour already, but also because I've finally come to the realization that I do, in fact, have enough ink to last me a lifetime, that I'm not too stressed out about the possibility of the inks disappearing again. I'm just enjoying the beautiful colours, and occasionally reminiscing about their role in my early fountain pen days. As we say in the shop, according to Charles Dickens, there's something very comfortable about having plenty of stationery, and I have reached that point and far, far beyond, so I guess I'm about as comfortable as I can be, for the rest of my life.
In other news, it's been a nice end to the week. Friday was busy and productive, and now it's Saturday. Saturdays are always one of our busier days in the shop, and it's nice to know that there are still so many people out there interested in writing by hand, that it's not a dying process (yet), but also that there are so many familiar faces these days.
We had quite a few old Wonder Pens friends come in this week and over the past little bit, which was a real treat. With so many big shops getting bigger and small shops closing down, it's a rare and incredible thing to have built relationships with customers who have supported us for years now. While you never know what's going to happen tomorrow, I couldn't be more grateful to be a part of that today.
Following the blog post on Chicken, he's been very popular. Right in line with what I'd expect from him, immediately after telling everyone how catty he is, he's been very friendly and affectionate, lounging in front of them on his back, on top of the pen counter blocking all view of anything underneath. It's really something else, that even in being friendly he manages to embarrass me.
Just for the record, this is how he is most of the time: six feet away, with his back turned, and watching as though everything being done is entirely beneath him. And possibly ready to dart out the open door.