I can’t remember the first time we saw Kata Kata’s endearing designs. It may have been on their origami paper at Nagasawa in Kobe, Japan. We immediately fell in love with the work of Takeshi Matsunaga and Chie Takai. Their illustrations largely focus on images of natural scenery and animals. Some of them have an old-world European ascetic, and many of their animals designs are reminiscent of classical, Japanese motifs but with their own unique twist. Most intriguing is their tenugui, or traditional hand cloths, which are stenciled and dyed by hand using traditional techniques.
We’re very excited to be the second retailer of Kata Kata products in the United States, and the first and only to currently be carrying their A4 Postcards series. Their illustrations can be found on many more products (such as the aforementioned origami paper), so let us know if you love them, and hopefully we can expand our offerings in the future. Please click on the images below individually or browse the entire line of Kata Kata.
The latest big box has arrived from Japan! We restocked, topped-up, and received a few new products. We're excited to be adding the Mitsubishi 460 and Mitsubishi 550, two retro, budget-friendly ballpoint pens. To go alongside the Olfa Limited Craft Knife, we added the Olfa Limited Art Knife. It's a precision art knife, made of premium materials, and offering the same minimal color-ways that the Olfa Limited series is known for. Finally, we have added white versions of the Midori Brass Pen and Midori Brass Pencil. Get yours today.
The latest limited edition pencil in Palomino's Blackwings Volumes series draws inspiration from the great California Gold Rush. The gold barrel and ferrule, paired with the black imprint, black striple on the ferrule, and black eraser make this one of the most striking Volumes pencils to date. Get yours while they're available.
We just recevied an express delivery from Tokyo from our friends at Craft Design Technology. We have topped-up a few products and restocked a few of our most popular ones that recently sold out. We also received some samples of brand new products that have not seen much love stateside. Perhaps they'll join our lineup in 2017!
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Once again it's time to kick off Christmas shopping here in the United States. Now through Monday night, take 15% off all orders by entering coupon code "KUROKIN2016" at checkout. We hope you find joy in choosing quality gifts for your loved ones this holiday season.
Yet again, Palomino wows us with another great looking Blackwing Volume. The Blackwing 344 draws inspiration from the art of photography, paying tribute to American photographer and photo journalist Dorothea Lange. To celebrate this new release, we are offering 10% off the 344, or any order of $25 or more, for one week only. Use coupon code "10OFF344" at checkout to get your discount. As always, Volumes pencils are limited, and once they sell out, they're gone forever. Get yours now!
Once again, Fresh Stock is moving shop! California was never meant to be a long term stay, but it was fun while it lasted. We will eventually land in Chicago, with a short stopover in Oklahoma along the way. Orders received through May 27 will be shipped on May 28. Orders received after May 27 will not be fulfilled before June 6. After a couple of weeks catching up with friends and family in the OKC metro, we'll take one last jog up to Chicagoland, where we hope to lay down roots for the long-term. This should be the end of our nomadic lifestyle and the beginning of lots of new developments at Fresh Stock.
The boat from Japan has arrived, bringing us both new products and a resupply of products that were running low or sold out. We are adding two new products from Craft Design Technology, the CDT A5 Notepad and the CDT Brush Pen (plus refill), which happens to be our first brush pen. We have added the very iconic Mitsubishi No. 772 Red-Blue Pencils, the Dog Ear Notebook by Hum, and the Legno Pen and Acro Drive Pen from Pilot. Finally, we are adding the Nähe General Purpose Case. Nähe is yet another great brand by Hightide (creators of the Penco, PH, and Hum brands). The Nähe line is mostly storage and organizational products drawing inspiration from German stationers. We specifically chose this Nähe case to accommodate full-sized colored pencils, like our Mitsubishi No. 850s that are too long for many other pen and pencil cases. It'll hold about a dozen pencils, so a whole box of Mitsubishi No. 101s, or a nice array of individual pens, pencils, or erasers.
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The only downside to having a small operation is that we sometimes have to step away from the business entirely. This is the case this April. Orders received after April 1 will not be fulfilled before April 13.
We're also happy to say we have a shipment arriving from Japan this week. So upon our return to business as usual, we will be restocking a number of sold-out products and announcing a handful of new ones. Please check back for our product announcements.
Benjamin Stock founded Fresh Stock in Kobe, Japan and now runs it in the U.S. along with his wife, Rebecca.