Namiki Emperor Emperor Rakucho Birds and Weeping Cherry Blossom

Utilizing a unique textured Maki-e technique, the Namiki Emperor Rakucho Birds and Weeping Cherry Blossom is both an exceptional work of art in its own right as well as an extraordinary writing instrument. Each individual pen requires several months of painstaking work to be completed and is furnished with your choice of 18k solid gold nib.

Collectors wishing to leave the pen uninked can specify this in notes during the checkout process. For those wishing to put the pen to use, our complimentary nib tuning adjusts pressure and ink flow to your own personal writing chracteristics, and our optional nib customizations can add to the character and distinctiveness of your writing on the page.


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The Namiki Emperor Rakucho Birds and Weeping Cherry Blossom utilizes time-intensive textured Oh-hi Nuri technique, literally "painting as cherry blossom bark," to create the quietly stunning and evocative motif. Under the birds and the blossoms the crafted illusion of cherry bark turns the entire pen into the cherry tree. Even the clip is carefully hand painted in the same careful underlying motif. 

The two Rakucho birds, which symbolize eternal love and happy marriage,  are realized in traditional Togidashi Taka Maki-e technique, while the cherry blossom petals are inlaid with mother of pearl and polished for a luminous finish. The Maki-e artist is Masahiro Tamada of the renowned and venerable Kokkokai collective in Kanagawa, just south of Tokyo. 

The Emperor features a high capacity eyedropper filling system which provides for many hours of uninterrupted writing and allows for the use of any bottled fountain pen ink. The pen ships in a special presentation box which includes a signature card, instructions, and a bottle of Namiki Blue ink. We are an authorized Namiki dealer.


Measurements & Specifications

Closed Length 6.8"
Barrel Length 4.9"
Barrel Diameter 0.7"
Section Diameter 0.5"
Ink Capacity 6 ml
Filling System Eyedropper
Cap Type Threaded
Clip With Clip
Postable Not Postable
Pen Weight 46.6 g
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