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  • The story behind the pen (inspired by Noh Theater)

    Have you ever wondered where the Urushi artisans get their inspiration? Maki-e pens are often inspired by Japanese mythology or culture. The pen we...
  • Artisan spotlight: Koichiro Okazaki

    Each Danitrio pen is handcrafted by an experienced Japanese artisan, but have you ever wondered about the people behind the pens?  Today we’ll tell...
  • Ebonite and Urushi: Natural Materials, Natural Feel

    You may have heard of ebonite – it’s a tough, dark material that resembles ebony wood. But what is it, and why make pens out of it?  First, it’s he...
  • Urushi style: Tsugaru-nuri

    Urushi artisans use a vast array of techniques to achieve their desired effects. Using tsugaru-nuri, for instance, the artisan can display multiple...
  • A little Danitrio history

    UrushiPen is the United States authorized dealer for Danitrio pens. We are currently exclusively selling Danitrio. Where did Danitrio come from, th...
  • What’s so special about urushi?

    We’ve talked about how urushi is collected and why it is used. But what’s so special about it?  Why have generations of artisans devoted themselves...
  • Urushi? What’s that? A Short Introduction

    Ever wonder why our company is called “UrushiPen”? What’s in the name? What is urushi? Urushi is a natural lacquer secreted by urushi trees when t...
  • Are Urushi Pens Works of Art or Writing Instruments?

    You’re a fan of urushi pens and how beautiful they are. They’re works of art!  But what’s on the inside? Can you actually write with them?  The ans...
  • Danitrio Mikado Collection wins Pen World Magazine's Readers' Choice Awards

    The Danitrio Mikado Fountain Pen series wins the Pen World Magazine's Readers' Choice Awards in the category of Best Urushi Arts Pen announced on P...
  • 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.