October 20, 2017

#3776 Century Urushi Maki-e

 

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BEAUTIFULLY HAND CRAFTED URUSHI MAKI-E FOUNTAIN PENS

 

Urushi (Japanese lacquer)

While porcelain is also called “China” worldwide, urushi is also known as “Japan,” which is considered a material that represents Japanese craft. The name urushi derives from the word “uruwashii (beautiful)” or “uruoshi (moisten).” It has been used for more than 7,000 years. Since the sap of urushi has strong adhesive properties, it was a very important material to provide protection and extra strength to the tableware such as bowls.

Urushi is the brown sap obtained from the Japanese lacquer tree. The mixture of this sap and the diatomaceous earth provides adhesion to the tableware and furniture by improving the durability of the products. The special method called nunokise, which urushi coating is applied for reinforcement after covering the tableware and other daily products with cloth, is regarded as proof of durability and remains in use today in such areas as Wajima (the current Ishikawa Prefecture) and Negoro (the current Wakayama Prefecture).

Japanese lacquer trees grow mainly in high humidity areas, therefore, they are cultivated not only in China and Japan, but also widely seen in Southeast Asian countries. The trees take eight to nine years after planting until sap can be extracted. For this reason, urushi imported from China is mainly used for undercoating to compensate for the lack of Japanese lacquer trees in Japan, and in recent years, it has become difficult to find an everyday product using higher quality Japanese urushi. (After urushi is refined and strained, it is called ki-urushi)

With the mixture of pigments into ki-urushi, colored urushi such as black or shu (red) are made, thus enabling them to use not just as adhesive, but also as coloring and decoration.。

The surface of urushi has a darker color right after application due to its brown color of urushiol element found in urushi. After being exposed to air and ultraviolet light, it gradually increases the transparency and its original bright color comes back.

At the same time, urushi hardens into a stronger surface, which is believed to be the reason why all artifacts stored in Shosoin, a treasure house in Nara, still maintain their shapes and the brightness of the colors over a long period of time. (Urushi deteriorates by being exposed too much to the ultraviolet light))

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Maki-e

Maki-e is a Japanese lacquer art that utilizes urushi lacquer to decorate.

Stemming from the words “maku” meaning “to sprinkle” and “e” meaning “painting,” maki-e is a technique that a gold powder is sprinkled over after undercoating, painting and coloring so as to obtain a luxury and stereoscopic effect.

The quality of maki-e largely depends on the work process of shitaji (undercoating) and uwanuri (top coating) that affect the total outcome, and finally the togidashi (polishing of the surface to make it flat) after the top coating determines the quality of the final work.

The maki-e technique is distinguished from other decorating techniques such as hyomon technique in which haku and kirigane (gold foils thicker than haku) are used other than a gold powder, rankaku technique (decoration using fragments of quail and chicken egg shell to express the white color), and raden craft, which is a decoration made by inlaying shells like abalone.

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Urushi Maki-e Fountain Pens

 

#3776センチュリーロゴ

TAKISANSUI

“WATERFALL FROM MOUNTAIN SIDE”

PTB-600000_440

PTB-600000_440_1

PRODUCT CODE  PTB-600000

URUSHI MAKI-E OVER  RESIN WITH GOLD LEAF WITH 18KT GOLD NIB

NIBS SIZES AVAILABLE IN FINE, MED AND BROAD


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HAMAMATSU

“COAST LINED WITH PINES”

IN GOLD 

 

PTB-500000_440_1

PTB-500000_440_2

 

PRODUCT CODE  PTB-500000 -#55

URUSHI MAKI-E OVER  RESIN WITH GOLD LEAF WITH 18KT GOLD NIB

NIBS SIZES AVAILABLE IN FINE, MED AND BROAD


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HAMAMATSU

“COAST LINED WITH PINES “

IN BLACK

 

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PRODUCT CODE  PTB-300000-#56

URUSHI MAKI-E OVER  RESIN WITH  YELLOW AND  ROSE GOLD LEAF. NIBS ARE 18KT GOLD

HAS THE SLIP AND SEAL CAP MECHANISM

NIBS SIZES AVAILABLE IN FINE, MED AND BROAD


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MIZUBASOU

“JAPANESE FLOWERING PLANT”

PTB-300000A_440_1 PTB-300000A_440_2

 

PRODUCT CODE PTB 300000A #30

URUSI MAKI-E OVER RESIN WITH 18 KT GOLD NIBS

AVAILABLE IN FINE, MEDIUM AND BROAD.


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AURORA SERIES

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 Small gold powder is sprinkled on the whole body(this technique is called
“Kin”(gold) nashiji”with embedded thick seashells(also called “raden”) one by one.
To embed these small shells on a round body is quite a difficult technique.
After this process, a craftsman polishes with charcoal to make surface smooth
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(called “togi-dashi” technique). This is typical motif for traditional Makie artwork.
An autograph on the pen is “To-un( )” who is a Japanese Traditional craftsmen for Maki-e artwork.
Nib is 18K #3776, 

PTB2000000A-#82

URUSHI (Aurora), RADEN (shell crafting) 

NIBS AVAILABLE IN FINE, MEDIUM AND BROAD


 

 

 

 

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MOMIJI

“Falling leaves”

 

 

PNB-150000_440cap

PNB-150000_440

 

PRODUCT CODE  PNB-150000

URUSHI MAKI-E OVER RESIN WITH THE

SLIP AND SEAL CAP MECHANISM AND 18 KT GOLD NIB

NIBS AVAILABLE IN FINE AND MEDIUM


 

#3776センチュリーロゴ

Shikkoku Aneitaketoraouzu

“KING OF TIGERS”

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PNB-80000T_2_500

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The converter is engraved with the Japanese kanji meaning “King of Tigers.”

A tiger and bamboo forest have been drawn on the center of the pen using a traditional, elaborate technique that involves charcoal powder (Sumiko). The images are coated in several layers to give a 3D effect and are drawn on using faded ink for a deep, rich feel. The eyes, mouth and stripes of the tiger are drawn in beautiful black lacquer (Kuro Roiro Urushi), which heightens the contrast for a vivid, impressive image.

The design is of a tiger walking freely and majestically through a bamboo forest. Looking at the meaning behind this design, the bamboo signifies people, the bamboo forest signifies the world and the tiger walking through the bamboo forest signifies people living freely and boldly without any bounds.

The tiger’s stripes are drawn vertically so they are difficult to distinguish from the bamboo forest and dense woods enabling it to effectively stalk its prey. Its speed is such that it could run 1,000 miles in a night and it is known as the king of wild beasts from its position atop the food chain. Its power is said to drive out evil spirits.

Similarly, the bamboo is thought to ward off evil spirits if it is burned, by letting out an enormous sound as it bursts. The bamboo, with its hollow stems, evergreen leaves and strong roots, expresses an open-minded, discipline and a sense of modesty. This denotes transparency, naivety, simplicity, eternity and mercy. The seasons for bamboo represent a person’s life and teach us that we ought to overcome hardship and break through difficulties to rise up and keep moving forward. 

Each pen is infused with incredible craftsmanship in order to deliver the strong message of this design to customers. We hope that you hold the pen dear and find joy in using it for many years. 

PNB-80000T_3_200                               PNB-80000T_4_250

PNB-80000T_package_300

300 PIECES LIMITED EDITION

PRODUCT CODE  PNB-80000 T

URUSHI OVER RESIN WITH 14 KT GOLD NIB WITH RUTHENIUM COATING

SLIP AND SEAL CAP MECHANISM

NIBS ARE AVAILABLE  IN FINE, MEDIUM AND BROAD

 


 

 

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THE GALAXY

“STARLIGHT”

 

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PNB-70000C_440

 

A craftsman sprinkled “ao-gai”(blue sea shells) over the whole body of pen
to illustrate the stars in night sky. This pattern is also very famous design
for Japanese traditional Maki-e artwork.
Nib is K18 #3776

PNB-700000C-#56

SLIP AND SEAL MECHANISM

NIBS ARE 18KT GOLD  AND ARE AVAILABLE IN FINE, MEDIUM AND BROAD

 


 

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 YAMABUDOTORISU

SQUIRREL AND GRAPES

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A squirrel stores much food in its mouth which translates to storing
money or treasure for the future.
So traditional Japanese people believe this animal portrays “good fortune”.
On the other hand, grapes or “Budoh” in Japanese means “Bushi”(Samurai)-doh(way)”,
it means the way of the Samurai. So Samurai loved to put this design on their possessions.
The craftsmen is “Koen” and an autograph is put on the barrel as well.
Nib is K18 President Nib.
Cap is push-pull(snap) type.

PRODUCT CODE  PNB-60000A-88

NIBS ARE 18 KT GOLD AND ARE 

 AVAILABLE IN FINE, MEDIUM AND BROAD 

 


 

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POPPY

PNB-50000C_440cap (2)

PNB-50000C_440

PRODUCT CODE PNB-50000C-#85

RESIN BODY WITH URUSI MAKI-E AND GOLD TRIM AND 18 KT GOLD NIB AND

ARE AVAILABLE IN FINE, MEDIUM AND BROAD

COME WITH THE SLIP AND SEAL MECHANISM.


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SAKURA

(CHERRY BLOSSOM) #40

SENMEN

 

SANSUI

 

PNB-30000B_440_40 (1)#40

PNB-30000B_440_82 (1)#82

PNB-30000B_440_84 (1)#84

PRODUCT CODE  PNB30000 B -#

EACH OF THESE BEAUTIFUL URUSHI MAKI-E PENS HAVE THE BLACK RESIN BODY WITH URUSHI .

THE GOLD TRIM AND 14 KT GOLD NIBS ARE AVAILABLE IN FINE, MEDIUM AND BROAD.

EACH COMES WITH THE SLIP AND SEAL CAP MECHANISM.

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