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  • Urushi & Maki-E Pen Glossary

    With all the Japanese terms and urushi lingo that often tossed around, we thought it may be helpful to put together a glossary that covers the lang...
  • What is Tame-nuri on an urushi pen?

    Tame-nuri describes the “clear” urushi coat that is applied to allow for an individual to see deep into the layers of the pen. It is common to find traditional tame-nuri urushi pens contain a thinner edge around the cap and the barrel, revealing the base color of the pen.
  • How Urushi Lacquer is Collected

    Urushi lacquer is most famously known for its ability to create a beautiful finish on any object that it is applied to. 

    The lacquer itself is made up of the sap in Toxicodendron Vernicifluum tree; the "urushi" name is derived from the oily compound urushiol.