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Ink Dupes #14: Maruzen and Taccia

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Wow, I didn’t really think I’d do another of these. They’re a bit time consuming. But, I came across this pair, and knew I had to share. I’ve decided to leave off the chromatography strips, as they take the longest, and don’t tell you anything about how the inks look coming out of your pen.

Jim found Maruzen Eternal Blue a while back when a local pen peep was selling off some ink. He fell in love with it, and went out of his way to find a second bottle on eBay. It’s pretty hard to get a hold of, so I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that one of Taccia’s new Jean inks is a near perfect dupe.

This one was trickier to scan, since there is some sheen, so I also took a photo.

The Inks

Maruzen Athena Inks Eternal Blue
Price: $40?
Bottle Size: 50ml
Price Per Ml: $0.80
Availability: Maruzen store in Japan or eBay

Taccia Navy Blue Jeans
Price: $18
Bottle Size: 40ml
Price Per Ml: $0.45
Availability: Readily Available

Comparison swabs between Eternal Blue and Navy Blue Jeans
Photo of  comparison swabs showing sheen.

If you have any suggestions for future comparisons, let me know in the comments. And check out my other Ink Dupes posts.


  1. Corinne

    Hey Rachel, did you and Jim happen to find a new dupe for the Maruzen Athena Eternal Blue? I found out last year from Shu-Jen at Taccia that the Taccia Navy Blue Jeans ink was discontinued. Hoping you have some good leads!

    March 14, 2024
    • I haven’t, but I also haven’t been looking. I’ll keep an eye out.

      March 14, 2024

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