Izumo Kaga Maki-e #93 Uroko-mon Fountain pen - 18ct Gold nib - Platinum
Kaga Maki-e arose during the Edo period in Japan and was favored by the feudal patrons of Maki-e artists as one of the most favored techniques for decorating precious lacquer ware.
The pen ships in a paulownia softwood presentation box with decorative kanji script, and includes a complimentary ink bottle, ink cartridge, and converter.
Called the "uroko-mon" or "scale pattern", this design forms a series of triangular shapes both in the positive spaces of the figures and the black negative spaces of the ground. It utilizes abalone to give the pen a reflective sparkle of a rainbow of colors, as well as gold and silver dust over a black Urushi base. The gold dust can be seen both in coarse form, making a rougher surface, and in finely pulverized gold dust giving a flat sheen.
Maki-e artist: Sohkou Ooshita "SOKO"
- President 18kt Gold nib
- Cap and body in ebonite
- Surface Finish: Hira Maki-e
- Length: 154mm、
- Max diameter: 18mm
- Weight: 33,6g
- Filling by cartridges or converter (included)
- Complimentary cartridge and bottle of Blue-Black ink
The different MAKI-E techniques
- Hira maki-e: The simplest technique, but one that does not allow any mistakes. The design is drawn by sprinkling gold or silver dust on the still damp lacquer. When it is dry, the surface with the pattern is polished.
- Togidashi maki-e: Same, but with one more step; several layers of precious powder are added to give volume to the design.
- Taka maki-e: a three-dimensional technique, where the painter builds his motif in relief, layer after layer, with lacquer or charcoal powder.
- Shishiai Togidashi maki-e: This is the simultaneous use of several techniques, in two or three dimensions.