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Taisho Roman Fountain Pen Ink, Vintage Set of 6List Price: $129.00
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Taisho Roman Fountain Pen Ink, Classy Burgundy
Taisho Roman Fountain Pen Ink, Modern Red
Taisho Roman Fountain Pen Ink, Opera Rose
Taisho Roman Fountain Pen Ink, Orchestra Tangerine
Taisho Roman Fountain Pen Ink, Nostalgic Honey
Taisho Roman Fountain Pen Ink, Emotional Olive
Taisho Roman Fountain Pen Ink, Gentle Green
Taisho Roman Fountain Pen Ink, Lady Emerald
Taisho Roman Fountain Pen Ink, Brilliant Mint
Taisho Roman Fountain Pen Ink, Melancholic Blue
Taisho Roman Fountain Pen Ink, Smoky Navy
Taisho Roman Fountain Pen Ink, Night Time Soda
Taisho Roman Fountain Pen Ink, Salon de Violet
Taisho Roman Fountain Pen Ink, Innocent Mauve
Taisho Roman Fountain Pen Ink, Antique Black
Taisho Roman Fountain Pen Ink, Traveling Sepia
Taisho Roman Fountain Pen Ink, Vintage Set of 6
About This Product
Our special set of six traditional Japanese colors promises years of writing pleasure with six full-sized, 40 mL bottles of Taisho Roman ink.
Fountain pen users worldwide have quickly warmed to Teranishi's entry into the premium ink market, and the company has released quite a few new colors since the original launch. We've collected six of our favorites that best evoke the nostalgic spirit of this lovely new line of writing inks.
We're offering this set of six at $29 off the individual price for six bottles, so it's a nice way to start (or expand) your ink collection with one action-packed purchase.
The colors included are Nostalgic Honey, Gentle Green, Night Time Soda, Salon de Violet, Traveling Sepia, and Orchestra Tangerine.
Made in Japan; curated in St. Louis.
About Taisho Roman Fountain Pen Ink:
First, some history: During the Taisho period (1912-1926), Japan was peaceful, prosperous, and changing rapidly. An influx of new technologies and ideas transformed Japanese society in the early 20th century, and the Taisho period is particularly remembered for its exuberant embrace of Western philosophy and style. European thought in the late 19th century was focused on freedom and individuality, and those ideas reverberated through every element of Japanese life.
In the Taisho period, forward-looking young Japanese people began to wear nontraditional colors and cuts. Leading architects added unheard-of ornamentation to their plans. New styles of literature and drama were introduced, influenced by Western novels and plays. This movement in Japanese culture is called "Taisho Roman," a nod to the European romanticism that inspired it.
It was also during this period that many Japanese manufacturers were founded—with new processes, equipment, and materials made possible by foreign exchange. Teranishi, the manufacturer of this gorgeous fountain pen ink, is one of many Japanese firms with its roots in the Taisho Roman era. Fountain pens became popular in Japan during this time, and Western ink formulations were quickly in demand.
Teranishi's first product was a writing ink called "Guitar Ink," and I am sorry to tell you that the reason for this name is not known. Teranishi's corporate history notes that guitars were a popular instrument in the Philippines (a key export market for the young company), but there's no definite reason why Teranishi decided to associate its inks with guitars.
Both Teranishi and its Guitar Brand have endured for over a century, from the optimism of the Taisho period through the turmoil of war and the development of Japan as a major economic and cultural power. These inks, first introduced in 2021, offer a look back at a special moment in Japanese history, significant not only for this manufacturer but for the country as a whole. Each one is inspired by the fashions of Taisho Roman Japan, with stylish, showy colors that make a bold statement.
In our tests, we loved the handling, flow, and color of Taisho Roman inks. They worked just as we expected with a variety of nibs and brushes, and once applied, they surprised us with their dynamic look and feel. In heavy applications, there's a definite sheen on some colors (especially Lady Emerald and Melancholic Blue), and even with regular fountain pens, there are dramatic shading effects.
The color swatch you see in our images was painted here in St. Louis, using cold press watercolor paper. The colors are glossier and more likely to exhibit sheen on writing paper, which you can see in our writing sample images for each color.
Each 40 mL bottle comes in a sturdy, beautifully designed cardboard box inspired by the Taisho period. There's a card attached to each bottle with an empty space for your color swatch. And the cap is marked with Teranishi's original "Gold Star Guitar" brand, which for unknown reasons features a guitar-strumming queen.