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Sailor Kaga Maki-e 1911 Fountain Pen - 'Momiji' Autumn Leaves (Japanese Maple) by Kosen Ohshita. Japan 2014

Sailor Kaga Maki-e 1911 Fountain Pen - 'Momiji' Autumn Leaves (Japanese Maple) by Kosen Ohshita. Japan 2014
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Sailor Profit 1911 Kaga Maki-e Fountain Pen - Dark Blue resin with Hand Applied 'Momiji' Autumn Leaves Design by Kosen Ohshita

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Item Ref: HD:SME/7457

Sailor Maki-e Limited Edition Fountain Pen

Genuine and Unique Edition Sailor Profit 1911 Kaga Maki-e Fountain Pen. Autumn Leaves "Momiji" (Japanese Maple) by forth generation Kaga Maki-e artist, Kosen Ohshita. Base material dark blue resin, with 24K gold plated trim. 14K gold medium nib. Manufacturers part number: 10-7209-420. Japan c.2014.
The pen uses cartridges to fill, if bottled ink is preferred, a cartridge ink convertor is provided.
About Kaga 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 specialised 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.

14K mono tone gold nib stamped '1911 - (anchor) - 14K - 585 - Sailor'. The nib which is stamped on the side (H-M) is classified as medium in Japan, in Europe we would classify the nib as being Fine.  The 'H' which precedes the 'M', stands for hard in Japan, we would classify nib as being firm. The writing tip is very smooth and lays down a consistent line. 
Sailor Maki-e Limited Edition Fountain Pen
Measurements and Specifications

Capped Length: 5.30" (13.5 cms)
Posted Length: 5.85" (14.85 cms)
Barrel Length (including nib and section): 5.00" (11.7 cms)
Cap Length: 2.54" (6.45 cms)
Cap Diameter: 0.58" (1.48 cms) (over cap ring)
Barrel Diameter: 0.48" (1.22 cms)
Nib: 14K Gold - Medium Writing Tip -Firm
Filling System: Cartridge - Cartridge convertor (Included)
Cap Type: Screw On (can be posted onto rear of barrel)
Pen Weight: 19.9 g (including Convertor)

Sailor Maki-e Limited Edition Fountain Pen

No service or restoration required. Pen was purchased by myself on a trip to Japan in 2015. 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, two cartridges, bottled ink convertor, Sailor polishing cloth, signed and dated warranty certificate operating and filling instruction leaflet.

Hepworth Comment

This unique Sailor Profit Kaga Maki-e writing instrument, with raised, hand produced Urushi lacquer Momiji design, is a truly wonderful collectors piece. Perhaps not an everyday writing instrument, but certainly one which should be used, it will always be a talking point amongst friends and work colleagues. 
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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