✓ 100% Genuine Urushi
✓ Contains the Maki-E Red Seal (Highest Quality of Maki-E Art)
✓ Hand-painted by highly-trained Japanese Artisans
Tame-nuri describes the “clear” urushi coat that is applied to allow for an individual to see deep into the layers of the pen. This pen contains the traditional thinner edge around the cap and the barrel, allowing the the base color of the pen to be revealed.
To produce the tame-nuri effect, the nuri-shi (artisan) will apply suki-urushi (clearish brown) on the outer layer of the pen and then will burnish it. Suki-urushi is made up of an extremely high quality refined urushi. The high quality refinement involves a paper filtration process (also known as urushi-koshi) using Yoshino-gami (hand-made paper filters) which is a progressive filtration process where the filtration starts with binding pieces of Yoshino-gami together and squeezing out the urushi through them, followed by repeating this activity again but instead with larger quantities of pieces of Yoshino-gami bound together for finer filtration.
Tame-nuri creates an amazing depth on the pen that no other material can replicate. As soon as one sees these pens in person, they will immediately know why nuri-shi (artisans) believe urushi is living. Tame-nuri allows for pens to come alive as it has transformational abilities with its material being able to change colors over time – tame-nuri does not deteriorate like most materials when exposed to light, but instead it evolves gracefully into another color. If you have never picked one of these bad boys up before, definitely look for these at the pen shows because nothing is like seeing these pens in person, camera photos just don’t do it justice.
What is Tame-nuri finish on an urushi pen?
Urushi Blue vs Urushi Green:
This pen color is called "Ao". Hundreds of years ago, the word "ao" in Japanese was used for both the color blue and green. Green was seen as a tint of blue and, therefore, it is often found in urushi fountain pens where the distinction may not be made clearly when tagged with the word "ao". It was not until the last century was the word "midori" used as an indicator for the color green. This pen would be considered to be in the "ao" color so, therefore, depending on the artisan, you may see the base color reveal a more greenish or more bluish color depending on their preference.
Caption: Tamenuri in Blue (top) by Kosetsu; Tamenuri in Green (bottom) by Kogaku
Caption: Close-up shot of Tamenuri in Green by Kogaku
About Danitrio Mikado Series:
The Mikado is a Danitrio series. Mikado means "Emperor" in Japanese.
This pen is furnished with an 18k Gold, two-toned #8 nib.
An UrushiPen.com representative will contact you to confirm nib tip size preference (fine, medium, broad, or stub) following the placement of the order.
|Cap Length||73 mm (2.87")|
|Cap Diameter||20 mm (0.79")|
|Barrel Length||140 mm (5.51")|
|Barrel Diameter||19 mm (0.75")|
|Pen Length (Closed)||163 mm (6.42")|
|Pen Length (Posted)||Cap does not post|
|Net Weight||42.5 g (1.25 oz)|
|Net Weight (w/ink full)||50 g (1.3 oz)|
|Filling System||Eye Dropper|
About the Artisan:
Note: This pen may be hand-painted by Kosetsu or Kogaku. Look to the maki-e signature on the pen to identify which artisan painted it.
Koichiro Okazaki (Kogaku)
Born in 1959. He is a renown Maki-E artisan in Japan and considers himself wholeheartedly traditional when it comes to Maki-E. He is recognized by the Japanese Government as a Dento Kogei-shi, which an honorary title meaning "master of traditional crafts" and is given only to a select few artisans who have a significant contribution to their craft. Many of his Maki-E works have been accepted and rewarded at national art exhibitions. He had learned Maki-E from a master and became an independent artisan 5 years later. He was recognized with Kao (authorized monogram) by Kuda Munenori of Sado Omote school in 1991. He performs Maki-E on many traditional accessories, hair pins, combs, jewelry, and fine writing instruments.
Tatsuya Todo (Kosetsu)
He is an established maki-e artist who carries a strong name in the urushi fountain pen world. He was trained under the notable Masanori Omote (another artisan that works with Danitrio). He has had his pieces exhibited in numerous urushi exhibitions and holds the Dento Kogei-shi title, which an honorary title meaning "master of traditional crafts" and is given only to a select few artisans who have a significant contribution to their craft.