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Sailor King of Pen
Tanabata 'The Meeting of the Stars'
Limited Edition Fountain Pen
Here is a pen with a story. Sailor has produced a red Urushi lacquer King of Pen to commemorate the Japanese star festival, Tanabata. This festival celebrates the meeting of Altair and Vega, two star crossed lovers, who according to legend, were separated by the Milky Way and fated to meet only once a year. In Japan on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month every year, large colorful streamers decorate city streets. Wishes are written on small pieces of paper and hung from bamboo to commemorate the stars meeting. At midnight, the bamboo and decorations are set afloat on a river or burned. (According to the Gregorian calendar 2007's celebration will take place on August 18th).
Sailor King of Pen  Tanabata 'The Meeting of the Stars' Limited Edition Fountain Pen
Sailor King of Pen  Tanabata 'The Meeting of the Stars' Limited Edition Fountain Pen

Many poems have been written about this special night. Haiku poet Kobayashi Issa wrote,
naku na mushi wakaruru koi wa hoshi ni sae, which translates:
don't cry, crickets --

lovers part
even among the stars

Sailor King of Pen  Tanabata 'The Meeting of the Stars' Limited Edition Fountain Pen

The Urushi maki-e artist for this project, Mai Sato, has used fragments of abalone to represent the Milky Way and an inlaid mother-of-pearl dot on both sides of the barrel representing Altair and Vega. There are two streaks of blue abalone shimmering against the red Urushi. The artists signature in gold can be seen at the base of the barrel.

With only 33 pieces of this Limited Edition series being produced worldwide, we will be the exclusive dealer of this fountain pen in the United States. We expect to receive our very small shipment by mid-to-late July, 2007. If numbers are as they have been in other limited edition issues, we will see fewer than can be counted on one hand. Sailor King of Pen  Tanabata 'The Meeting of the Stars' Limited Edition Fountain Pen
Sailor King of Pen  Tanabata 'The Meeting of the Stars' Limited Edition Fountain Pen

This fountain pen comes with a 21k gold nib. The Nagahara Cross nib will also be available for an additional charge. Each pen comes in its own presentation box accompanied with a certificate bearing the signature of the artist and its limited edition number.

In our view, this pen represents an apex of shape, simplicity, and a wonderful decorative application.

The Tanabata with Cross nib can be seen to the right.

Price with standard nib: $3000.00
Price with Cross nib: $3350.00

 

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