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Pilot Namiki Hira Maki-E. Fountain Pen Urushi Lacquer Grape "Budou". Japan c.2012 .

Pilot Namiki Hira Maki-E. Fountain Pen Urushi Lacquer Grape
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Pilot Namiki Maki-e Fountain Pen

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Item Ref: HD:PME/6975

Pilot Namiki Maki-e Fountain Pen

Genuine Pilot Namiki Hira Maki-e. Fountain Pen Urushi Lacquer Grape "Budou". Manufacturers part number: FK-3MP-BDO. Japan c.2012 .
The Hira Flat Maki-e technique is the simplest of all Maki-e types. A wet layer of lacquer is applied to the pen's resin surface. While still wet, the coloured powder is applied via a stencil. Another layer of lacquer is applied to keep the design in place. The surface is then polished with a lacquer soaked piece of cotton until smooth and flat. These pens are typically more affordable because their elements are simpler and often done in a guild with each artist working on individual components before handing it off to one another. This is a way that younger artists are able to gain experience while working with more experienced ones.
14K gold nib stamped 'PILOT - 14K-585 - 5 - ~F~ - 112'. The nib is smooth and fairly firm writes with a fine line.

This grape "Budou" design is no longer produced. It was one of a range of Hira Maki-e designs shown below.
Pilot Hira Budou Maki-e Fountain Pen
Measurements and Specifications
Pilot Namiki Maki-e Fountain Pen

Closed Length: 5.56"(14.1 cms)
Posted Length: 6.20" (15.7 cms)
Barrel Length (including Nib and Section): 5.12" (13.0 cms)
Cap Length: 2.70" (7.10 cms)
Cap Diameter: 0.55" (1.40 cms)
Nib: 14K Gold - Fine Writing Tip
Filling System: Cartridge - Cartridge convertor (Included)
Cap Type: Screw On (can be posted onto rear of barrel)
Pen Weight: 18.2 g

Pilot Namiki Maki-e Fountain Pen

No restoration required, pen is NOS. We have dip write tested the nib and flushed with clean water.

General Condition

Pen barrel and cap are as new with no personalisation. Gold plating to clip and trim shows no signs of ware. Resin has high gloss sheen. Fitted pump action piston convertor draws good volume of ink. We would classify this pen as being in mint condition. Pen is supplied in original Pilot packaging, consisting of; wooden box with silk interior, outer card box, cartridge convertor, spare ink cartridge, operating and filling instruction leaflet and Urushi leaflet.

Hepworth Comment

This rare Maki-e Hira Urushi Lacquer Budou is the ideal fountain pen for anyone wishing to start collecting these beautifully decorated works of art. 

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