(02/2019 Updated) Pilot Elite S-KaraKara pocket pen series

Pilot Elite S-KaraKara(からから/color and color) pocket pen series
百樂 Elite S-KaraKara(からから/color and color) 彩色短鋼筆系列

Pilot Elite S-KaraKara(からから/color and color) pocket pen series

Dimensions 尺寸資料
Length capped 含蓋:11.5 cm
Length uncapped 不含蓋:10.1 cm
Length posted 套蓋:14.2 cm

Elite S短鋼於1968年一炮而紅後,百樂乘勢推出更多Elite S短鋼筆系列,其中一條分支便是本篇介紹的Elite S-KaraKara(からから/color and color)。
After the vast success of Elite S in 1968, Pilot launched a series of Elite S pocket fountain pen. One of those is what I’m going to talk about today: Elite S-KaraKara (からから/color and color).

 

Pilot Elite S-KaraKara(からから/color and color) pocket pen series

 

百樂於1969年推出Elite S-KaraKara,主要客群應為學生。KaraKara當時以套裝形式出售。套裝名為「ハッパ からからエリート-S」(Happa KaraKara Elite-S),定價3000円,內含一枝KaraKara和兩組筆蓋與筆身。
Elite S-KaraKara came in 1969. Its target client should be student. Pilot released a pen set called “Happa KaraKara Elite-S” (ハッパ からからエリート-S) for JPY 3000. It included one KaraKara and two colored caps and barrels.

「ハッパ からから エリート-S」套裝 “Happa KaraKara Elite-S” pen set.
「ハッパ からから エリート-S」套裝。 “Happa KaraKara Elite-S” pen set.

為什麼得名「ハッパ からから」呢?「からから」(讀作“Ka-La-Ka-La”)既是英語“Color”的音譯,在日語中也是笑聲的擬聲詞。而1969年大橋巨泉為百樂拍攝的Elite S短鋼廣告中,最後一句廣告台詞「ハッパ フミフミ」(Happa FumiFumi)意外地風行全國,甚至掀起潮流。百樂將套裝名為「ハッパ からから」,明顯是為了利用這股潮流,增加銷量。
Why the pen set was named “Happa KaraKara”? “KaraKara”, which is pronounced as “Ka-La-Ka-La”, is a transliteration of the English word “color”. It is also an onomatopoeia of laugh in Japanese. In the TV advertisement for Elite S pocket pen in 1969, Japanese television host Kyosen Ōhashi says a series of nonsense syllables ending with “Happa fumifumi". It soon became a popular slang in Japan and the sales of Elite S pocket pen took off. In order to make use of this trend, Pilot named the pen set as “Happa KaraKara”.

 

KaraKara一改Elite S原先低調的黑金配色,以鮮豔的筆桿顏色如紅、洋紅、橙、黃、天藍、海藍及紫色為賣點。
Unlike the original Elite S, KaraKara got a colorful body in red, orange, magenta, yellow, deep sky blue, blue or purple.

Pilot Elite S-KaraKara(からから/color and color) pocket pen series 
筆者手上所有的KaraKara。左三至左五那三枝天藍色筆蓋在顏色上有非常非常微妙的不同,最右的顏色最深,中間的次之,最左的最淺。(對,我沒騙你們,真的有分別)。不知道是百樂刻意為之,抑或是生產時的上色問題。  My collection of KaraKara. The color of those deep sky blue caps gets a very slightly different. The one on the right is darker, the middle one is lighter, and the one on the left is lightest. Though it sounds weird, I’m not joking. Don’t know whether is Pilot designed it or just an accident.

 

KaraKara另一個有趣的賣點,是使用者可以隨意變換、配搭不同顏色的筆蓋和筆身。筆者相信大家有時也會互換鋼筆的共用部件,自娛自樂一番,而百樂正是將此概念放上貨架。使用者可以因應他們當天的穿著打扮、心情等,裝配出自己想要的筆;或是裝配出一枝獨特的KaraKara,向友人們炫耀。這也是為什麼KaraKara會以套裝形式而不是單獨一枝地出售。
Another interesting selling point of KaraKara is its interchangeable cap and barrel. Pilot announced that users are able to interchange those caps and barrels to form themselves a unique KaraKara according to their personal preference, mood, dress, etc. It helps explain why KaraKara was sold in set.

Red KaraKara and Black Elite S pocket pen
普通的黑色Elite S也可以與KaraKara互換。 Original Elite S could also be interchanged with KaraKara.

 

據筆者的考察,百樂以A至E等不同英文大寫字母將「ハッパ からからエリート-S」劃分成幾種的版本,每版本中有著不同顏色的KaraKara。例如版本A中,三組筆蓋和三組筆身的顏色都不一樣;版本D為天藍、海藍、紫色筆桿各一組;版本E為紅、海藍、黃色筆桿各一組(以上只是筆者所見。筆者仍未查證到百樂以哪種方式編排各種版本。若筆友們有更多資料,歡迎提供!)。
According to my investigation, “Happa KaraKara” have a number of versions. They are arrayed in English capital letters and included different colors of KaraKara. For example, all caps and barrels in version A are in different colors; Version D contains KaraKara in deep sky blue, blue and purple; Version E has a red, blue and yellow KaraKara. (I’ve not yet figured out the pattern of those versions. If you have any information, let me know in the comment below. =))

 

筆者有幸入手了兩套「ハッパ からからエリート-S」,在此一併向大家展示其包裝:
Here is a brief display of “Happa KaraKara” pen set:

筆盒外觀。貼紙上標示了價錢和版本。
Appearance of the pen set. Version, price and nib type of the pen are marked on the sticker.

Appearance of the

 

套筆包含的東西。一張介紹藏於盒底。
All you get from the pen set. That paper hidden in the back of the box.

“Happa KaraKara” pen set

 

介紹比較像是吸引人買的廣告文,講述了KaraKara的設計概念。詳見【註一】。
Description, which is more like an advertisement, introduces the concept of design of KaraKara. Check it out in [footnote 1] below.

Description of KaraKara

 

除了筆桿,KaraKara的筆握也值得一提。雖然未能百分百地證實,不過一般的KaraKara採用白色的握位,而外銷版本則裝配了透明的握位,並配以鍍金鋼尖。若然屬實,筆者這枝另外入手的紅色桿、透明握位再配搭18k Script尖的版本可就相當稀有。
Other than the colored cap and barrel, the section and nib of KaraKara also worth our attention. I find out that normal KaraKara tend to have a white plastic section with an 18k-gold nib. And the exporting version get a transparent section with a gold-plated nib. I am not one hundred percent sure about that. But if it is true, my red KaraKara with transparent section and 18k-gold nib would be a rare find.

Blue Elite S-KaraKara pocket pen, white plastic section, 18K script nib.
一般的白色握位。 White plastic section using in normal version.
Purple KaraKara pocket pen, transparent section, gold-plated nib
裝配了透明的握位,並配以鍍金鋼尖的外銷版本。(感謝筆友Marco Yuen提供相片!) Exporting version with transparent section and gold-plated nib. (Thank you Marco Yuen for providing the photo!)

Purple KaraKara pocket pen, transparent section, gold-plated nib

Red Elite S-KaraKara pocket pen, transparent section, 18k-gold nib
筆者另外入手的紅色版本,但其筆桿與筆蓋在顏色和質感上都存在著相機拍不出來的差異。未知原因為何。 Red Elite S-KaraKara pocket pen, transparent section, 18k-gold nib. The cap and barrel of it has some kind of different, making their color not match up.
Red Elite S-KaraKara pocket pen, transparent section, 18k-gold nib
透明握位再配搭18k Script尖。過去多用於示範筆的透明元素,展示了百樂技術之精細,教人愛不釋手。而且和任何顏色的筆身都十分相襯,讓用家能夠更自由的配搭筆桿和筆蓋。 Transparent section shows the technology of Pilot. It is also appropriate for caps and barrels in different color.

Red Elite S-KaraKara pocket pen, transparent section, 18k-gold nibRed Elite S-KaraKara pocket pen, transparent section, 18k-gold nib

 

KaraKara以鮮豔顏色及有趣的換裝概念,令Elite S家族生色不少。不同顏色的KaraKara如彩虹般一整列地排列,實在是賞心悅目。不過,雖然作為Elite S短鋼的繼承者,KaraKara的知名度似乎不是很高。而在二手市場上,偶然可以見到單獨的KaraKara,「ハッパ からからエリート-S」卻是極為罕見。筆者在這篇介紹文章的原始版本中曾經許願,希望可以入手「ハッパ からからエリート-S」,想不到竟然一下子入手了兩套。幸甚!不知道百樂當年有沒有推出綠色的筆桿如果有的話,希望可以入手,組一套「彩虹」。
Colored and interchangeable cap and barrel of KaraKara makes the line of Elite S pocket pen much more fun. It is enjoyable to see KaraKara in different colors lining up, which is sort of like a rainbow. Sadly, KaraKara is not well known, even it came in right after Elite S pocket pen. In the second-hand market, separate KaraKara could be found sometimes, but “Happa KaraKara” pen set is quite difficult to find nowadays. I’m so glad that I get two sets of them at once. Don’t know if Pilot had produced KaraKara in green color or not? If yes, I wish I could collect it and form a set of “rainbow".

娛生 Yu Sheng
2017/9/23 (Rewritten in 2019/02/15)


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【註一】[Footnote 1]:「ハッパ からから エリート-S」的介紹 Description of KaraKara

Description of KaraKara

以下是介紹的日文原文與筆者盡力而為所得的中文和英文翻譯。若果有筆友有更好的翻譯,歡迎提出或指教!

The following are the original text of the description of KaraKara and my Chinese and English translation. I do my best. If you have suggestion or a better version of translation, feel free to propose it!

コーディネイトするペンつくるのはキミ!
キャップとペン軸を自由に組み合わせて、配色をたのしんでください。その日の気分や、洋服に合わせて、アクセサリーみたいに持てるのが、このペンのうれしいところ。
– スポーティなスタイルならどんな配色?ドレッシィなら?
– ネクタイに合わせる?それともポケットチーフに?
– 女の子なら、バッグや、メモ帖の色とコーディネイトさせてみたら?
あなたの独創的なアイデアで、バツグンにたのしくなる新しいペン。仲間に自慢できるタネが、またひとつふえましたね。

你正在製作一枝和你配搭的筆!
請自由地組合筆蓋和筆桿,享受不同的顏色配搭。這支筆賞心悅目之處,在於能配合當天的心情、衣服,如飾物般隨意佩戴。
– 若果穿著是運動風格的話應該配搭什麼顏色的筆?是正式的話又如何配搭呢?
– 適合你的領帶嗎?抑或放在口袋𥚃?
– 若果你是女孩子,為什麼不嘗試將筆與袋子或筆記的顏色配搭起來呢?
憑藉你獨特的創意,創造一枝超群的新筆,獲得樂趣。可以向朋友炫耀的東西,又增加了一個呢。

You are making a pen that matches you!
Please match the colored caps and barrels freely and enjoy the variety of the color match. This pen is pleasing to the eye because you could match it with your mood and clothes of the day freely, just like an accessory.
– If you were wearing a sporty dress, what color should you match? What if it was dressy clothes?
– Is the pen match with your tie? Or you want to put it in your pocket?
– If you are girl, why don’t you try to match the color of the pen with your bag or notebook?
With your unique creativity, you could create a great new pen and have fun. The thing that you could show off to your friends is increased!


References:

  1. Andreas Lambrou and Masamichi Sunami (2012). “Fountain Pens of Japan”. Kaplan Pens and Books, NA.
  2. PILOT UNIQUE ELITE COLORED FOUNTAIN PEN, CLEAR SECTION:https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/pilot-unique-elite-colored-fountain-117447074
  3. よぽけん日誌の画像|エキサイトブログ(Blog),ハッパ からから エリートS (パイロット):http://qprc.exblog.jp/7330077/

(02/2019 Updated) Pilot Elite S-KaraKara pocket pen series” 有 6 則迴響

      1. Lomarion

        I wish pens like this can return to the market because right now with all this stationary trends, traveler’s notebook, masking tapes and many many more colorful stuff like this in world outside of fountain pens, i think they can really find their new place in the market, atleast i wish for it

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      1. Lomarion

        sorry for a little spam there, wordpress doesn’t like when I post symbols and cuts message because of that.
        For sure going to wait for more new and previous articles to be translated! Keep up good work.

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