Hatobanezu – Maruzen Athena


Maruzen is a big brand department store in Japan. They carry their own line of pens and inks named Century and Athena. It seems most of their inks are made by Sailor. I’m not sure how many inks they offer at the moment but I know they have some stunning colors in the line up. It seems follwoing inks were / are offered to customers:

  1. Akane (limited edidion, Nihomnashi branch)
  2. Eternal Blue
  3. Hatobanezu
  4. Lemon
  5. Midori
  6. Renga
  7. River Blue
  8. Sepia (Athena branch)

If anyone is able to complete the list, I would be grateful.

Ethernautrix sent me a sample of Hatobanezu. Thank you Lisa ;)

Hatobanezu does little to thrill me. It’s well behaved ink and even water resistant. However I find the color dull and rather boring and if not boring a little depressing. Some of you might enjoy it but I don’t. At all.

Drops of ink on kitchen towel


Software ID

Color Range

Tomoe River, Pilot CH 74, M

Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Sport Classic, B

Rhodia, St Dupont Fidelio, M

Water resistance


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