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Sailor Kanazawa-Kaga Maki-e Kinsai Gold Series Hagi-ni-Cho Bush Clover and Butterfly Fountain Pen

Sailor Kanazawa-Kaga Maki-e Kinsai Gold Series Hagi-ni-Cho Bush Clover and Butterfly Fountain Pen
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Sailor Kanazawa-Kaga Maki-e Kinsai Gold Series Hagi-ni-Cho Bush Clover and Butterfly Fountain Pen

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Item Ref: HD:SME.7384

Sailor Maki-e Limited Edition Fountain Pen

Genuine and Unique Limited Edition Sailor Kaga Maki-e, Kinsai Gold Series, Hagi-ni-Cho Bush Clover and Butterfly Fountain Pen. Base material acrylic black resin, with 24K gold plated trim. Manufacturers part number: 10-7209-420. Japan c.2012 .
About Maki-e "MAKI–E", meaning "sprinkled picture”, it is a highly respected traditional Japanese hand applied decoration process with more than one thousand five hundred years of history. It is regarded as the top of the Japanese decorative crafts on many different materials. Precious materials such as Gold, Silver, Enamel, Abalone shell (mother of pearl) etc. are combined and applied by hand by specialized accredited MAKI-E artists with traditional Urushi lacquers to represent a variety of traditional Japanese art, and culture. Maki-e require very traditional techniques which can only be applied by truly experienced Japanese craftsman who have historical family skills and pride such traditional art forms and true craftsmanship.
Kinsai Gold Makie. The artist applies gold powder on the barrel of a fountain pen and brushes it. The same process is repeated many times over a long period of time. Finally, the design on the barrel rises and becomes three-dimensional. This method is the original Urushi art craft in Japan.
21K gold nib stamped '1911 - (anchor) - 21K - 875 - Sailor - JAPAN - M'. The nib which is stamped (M) medium produces a line from fine to double broad, due to the high degree of flexibility in the nib tines .
Sailor Maki-e Limited Edition Fountain Pen
Measurements and Specifications

Closed Length: 6.00"(15.2 cms)Length: 6.5" (16.5 cms) - posting is not recommended
Barrel Length (including nib and section): 5.12" (13.1 cms)
Cap Length: 2.84" (7.2 cms)
Cap Diameter: 0.70" (1.78 cms) (over cap ring)
Barrel Diameter: 0.60" (1.53 cms)
Nib: 21K Gold - Medium Writing Tip
Filling System: Cartridge - Cartridge convertor (Included)
Cap Type: Screw On (can be posted onto rear of barrel)
Pen Weight: 36.2 g

Sailor Maki-e Limited Edition Fountain Pen

No service or 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 piston convertor. We would classify this pen as being in mint condition. Pen is supplied in original Sailor packaging, consisting of; wooden box with blue silk interior, outer card box, silk woven pen carrying pouch, spare cartridge convertor, spare ink cartridge, operating and filling instruction leaflet.

Hepworth Comment

This unique Sailor Kaga Maki-e Kinsai Gold Series fountain pen, with raised, hand produced Urushi lacquer art design is a truly wonderful collectors piece. Not an every day writing instrument, but certainly should be used to make the most of the Sailor 21K flexible nib. 
More about Maki-e
Kanazawa Kaga Maki-e's history can be traced back to the Nara Era (710-794) and was developed over time. Forward in the history, Kanazawa lacquerware started during the Edo Era (1603-1867) when the prestigious maki-e artist Igarashi Doho was invited to the city of Kanazawa from Kyoto by the third generation lord of Kaga clan, Maeda Toshitsune. Here, it developed into a unique combination of the elegance of aristocratic culture and the strength of the warrior culture. The art form flourished under the patronage from the local rulers of the Kaga Clan, the largest clan under the Edo Government, and sublimed into an amazingly exquisite detailed form of expression termed as Kanazawa-Kaga Maki-e. The techniques have been passed down through masters and students of the Kaga clan workshop from the Edo Period (1603-1868) until today. Kanazawa lacquerware is further characterised by individual production, rather than mass-produced. 



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