Nakaya Portable Cigar Sumiko Cherry Blossoms

Sumiko is a technique which involves mixing charcoal powder with Urushi lacquer. It can be used to create a matte finish which is extremely smooth to the touch. It can also be used to create motifs in raised relief, or with a textured surface. Once cured, the Sumiko finish is stable and does not stain.

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The Sumi finish on this pen, created via a traditional technique involving the application of multiple layers of carbon ink, captures the essence of a traditional Japanese motif, celebrating the fleeting bloom in a permanent material.

A combination of symmetry seen on the ends of the barrel and cap and asymmetry revealed in the drift of the blossoms reveals the maturity of the maki-e artist. This pen could have been titled Cherry Tree with Blossoms as the twisting roots, trunk and branches are depicted in this deep relief. Our photos do not fully reveal the mystery and charm of this pen.

This sumi technique is one of the most understated and subtle of the ornamental arts. The low relief matte texture of the sumi surface is so inviting to the touch that the lightest grip will guide this pen easily across paper. This pen is a pinnacle of art, intended to be used on a functional object. Time only improves the surface of this writing implement.

The Nakaya nib, imprinted Nakata, the family name of the manufacturer, is made of solid 14K gold.

Each of these nibs is suitable for our customization to extra flexible. The medium and broad tips can be customized by us into cursive italic, stub, or oblique points.
The heavy decorative rice paper, simple solid softwood shipping box, and fabric pen pouch make a lovely presentation for these Nakaya Urushi pens. Sensible and elegant packaging has long been a hallmark of the Nakaya brand.

Measurements & Specifications

Cap Type Threaded
Closed Length 5.9"
Postable Postable With Caution
Posted Length 6.5"
Barrel Length 4.2"
Section Diameter 0.4"
Cartridge Capacity 1.5 ml
Converter Capacity 0.5 ml
Ink Capacity 1.5 ml
Filling System Cartridge-Converter
Pen Weight 21.9 g
Barrel Diameter 0.6
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Minimum production time for personalized pens is usually four to six months, and a nonrefundable sixty percent deposit is required.
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