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Pilot Namiki Gold Art Taka Urushi Lacquer Maki-e Shinkushi Fountain Pen. Model: FK 10MP-SI-M. Japan 2007

Pilot Namiki Gold Art Taka Urushi Lacquer Maki-e Shinkushi Fountain Pen. Model: FK 10MP-SI-M. Japan 2007
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Description: Pilot Namiki Gold Art Taka Maki-e Shinkushi (Orchid, Bamboo, Chrysanthemum and Plum) Urushi Lacquered fountain pen. Japan 2007. Brand New in Box with Papers.

All images are of actual pen for sale.

Item Ref: HD:PME/7569

Pilot Taka Maki-e Shinkushi Limited Edition Fountain Pen

Pilot Namiki Gold Art Taka Maki-e Shinkushi Urushi Lacquer on Metal Fountain Pen, signed by artisan. Model: FK 10MP SI-M. Made in Japan c. 2007. Designer: Masaru Hayashi. Theme - Kunshi  (A man of virtue). New in box with papers.
'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.
'Taka Maki-e' (Burnished-Raised Maki-e) is one of the three major techniques in Maki-e making. Developed in the Muromachi period (1336–1573), the technique of Taka maki-e involves building up design patterns above the surface through a mixture of metal powder, urushi lacquer, and charcoal or clay dust.

'Shikunshi', means a noble, gentle minded person and is represented by four flowers- Orchid, Chrysanthemum, Plum and Bamboo. It is a symbol of an elegant top level person.
Large 18K gold nib stamped 'PILOT - 18K-750 - 10 - < M > - 412'. The nib, which is made by Pilot in Japan and is stamped (M) tends to produce a finer line than European nib categories. The nib writes a smooth fine line and is fairly firm.
Pilot Taka Maki-e Shinkushi Limited Edition Fountain Pen
Measurements and Specifications

Material: Cap and body - Urushi Lacquer on brass
Closed Length: 5.6"(142 mm)
Posted Length: 6.14" (156 mm) 
Barrel Length (including nib and section): 5.01" (129 mm)
Cap Length: 2.6" (66 mm)
Cap Diameter: 0.55" (14.1 mm)
Barrel Diameter: 0.46" (11.7 mm)
Nib: 18K Gold - Medium Writing Tip (Writes Fine)
Filling System: Cartridge - Cartridge Convertor (Convertor Included)
Cap Type: Screw On/Off (can be posted onto rear of barrel)
Pen Weight: 32.0 grams

Pilot Taka Maki-e Shinkushi 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 Pilot packaging, consisting of; display box, outer card box, unopened bottle of Pilot ink, filling instruction leaflet and Pilot information leaflet.

Hepworth Comment

This Pilot Namiki Gold Art Taka Maki-e Shinkushi  was purchased whilst on a business trip (nothing to do with pens) to Japan in 2011. It is one of the most beautiful of all my Maki-e fountain pens, just touching the raised profile of the artwork exudes quality. We hope our photographs of this pen do it justice!
About Pilot Namiki
Ryosuke Namiki, the founder of Namiki Manufacturing Co., Ltd., in 1918, was an alumni and professor of Tokyo Nautical School . He successfully invented a gold writing tip for fountain pens. Namiki's success owed to the collaboration from his friend and classmate Masao Wada. In 1938, Namiki Manufacturing Co., Ltd was changed to the Pilot Pen Co., Ltd., as the company grew. Pilot Corporation, the historical parent company of the PILOT group has headquarter in Kyobashi in Tokyo . Khobashi is one of the famous and prestigious districts of capital Tokyo ."Zen and the Art of Pen Making." As the oldest and largest manufacturer of writing instruments in Japan , Pilot maintains a Zen-like philosophy.  
The consistent high quality of Pilot products results from Pilot's control over all aspects of production. Obsessive craftspeople at heart, they design and manufacture their own dies, moulds and machine tools to ensure that every Pilot performs perfectly. Out side of Japan, Pilot Company has branches or franchises in 40 countries in Europe, USA , Brazil , Taiwan and Singapore . Pilot pen's are famous all over the world and people consider Pilot pens as a good collectables.




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