After turning the cap, barrel and gripping section from naturally sourced hard rubber (ebonite) it is polished then hand coated with many layers of blue (Kikyo) urushi lacquer, a process that takes months to complete.
After each layer of urushi lacquer has hardened, the artist hand engraves the pattern into the lacquer, taking care to cut just deep and wide enough to convey the design.
Then the maki-e process begins. Maki-e means "sprinkles" and the first sprinkles are of fine gold powder dusted into wet lacquer where the engraving cuts are wetted with urushi lacquer.
This allows the gold to set into the grooves and be captured by the wet lacquer.
Because the Cigar version has no clip, the intricate vines and flowers spill uninterrupted from cap to barrel.
The results are rich and vibrant. The entire fountain pen is then carefully and meticulously polished as the final step removing all traces of the powders from the blue base coats. This is an extremely time-intensive process, and represents fine Maki-e artistry.
Palmets have their design origin in palm fronds, and the artist has stylized the motif with a mixture of large and small palmets. Swirls of vines mix with the flowers and dance along the entire length of the cap and barrel.
This fountain pen is truly unique with each pen unique to the hand work and the use of multiple colored powders - gold, red, purple, and turquoise which catches the light to striking effect.
Not only does the Chinkin technique add visual intrigue, it also provides a unique texture which you can feel with your fingers along the cap and barrel.
Softly coned end caps provide an excellent surface to showcase the gently swirling vines.
Unless requested otherwise, each pen or nib you purchase from us will be carefully examined, tested, and optimized for your personal writing characteristics before it ships.
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To order this pen with personalizations such as roll stoppers, zogan inlays, and custom kanji calligraphy, please click here.
Minimum production time for personalized pens is usually four to six months, and a nonrefundable sixty percent deposit is required.