Nakaya Long Cigar Kingfisher
Part of the Nakaya Ka-cho-fu-getsu series, the Long Cigar Kingfisher pen depicts a scene of beauty and detail. Behind a reed field the sun is shining brightly on the water surface. At the same time a kingfisher flies by silently to hunt a small fish. This one moment is captured magnificently with the technique of "Taka Maki-e" (embossed maki-e).
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Smoothen the urushi lacquer surface. If the surface is bumpy Togi-dashi (polishing) cannot be finished smoothly. Flat part is easy to do, however, it is very difficult when it comes to the round surface.
Apply urushi lacquer evenly on the total surface.
Sprinkle gold powder and seashell powder.
After the powder has stiffened, apply urushi lacquer thinly on the total surface and fix the powder and seashell together.
Apply urushi lacquer on whole surface. (As the sizes of gold power and seashell powder are different the surface can easily be uneven. So this and the next step (Togi=grinding) is the most sensitive part of the process to make it perfectly smooth.
Gold powder is to be ground to half of its thickness. As seashell powder is bigger than gold powder they come out first, so they must be ground until the gold powder is half ground. In such case, i.e. the sizes of the materials differ. The grinding process is very difficult and in addition, as the surface of barrel is curved this process is even more difficult.
To the part where gold powder is to be sprinkled, picture is painted with thick urushi lacquer and gold powder is sprinkled. After hardening, colored urushi lacquer is applied and gold powder is ground out. After that painting is done and gold powder is sprinkled again and fixed. Urushi painting part is done with black urushi so that it looks like shadow. These two techniques are repeated for finishing.
Suri-urushi is performed on the whole surface and after stiffening, it is polished with palm and finger cushion. This is repeated three times. Suri-urushi is a process which first applies raw urushi lacquer and wipes off immediately after the finishing of uwanuri. This is necessary because in the process of uwanuri the surface is polished with fine sand paper which then results in making very small scratches on the surface, and the luster is gone at this point. To fill these small scratches and make the surface glossy again, urushi lacquer thin is put on and wiped off immediately. However, the urushi must be wiped completely to avoid the surface of becoming blackish.
Measurements & Specifications
|Postable||Postable With Caution|
|Cartridge Capacity||1.5 ml|
|Converter Capacity||0.5 ml|
|Ink Capacity||1.5 ml|
|Pen Weight||23.1 g|