✓ 100% Genuine Urushi
✓ Contains the Maki-E Red Seal (Highest Quality of Maki-E Art)
✓ Hand-painted by highly-trained Japanese Artisans
This pen is inspired by a Japanese Noh play called Hachi-no Ki, which means "potted trees" (in other words, a bonsai tree placed in a deep pot which is contrary to the typical shallow pots that are used for bonsai today).
In the noh play, a monk that is traveling gets lost in the harsh winter snow and stumbles across a samurai's home. Despite living in poverty, the samurai and his wife did their best to be hospitable to the monk and offered the monk a meal (a peasant's meal as it was all they could afford) as well as using the last of their potted trees (they had three left) as fuel to provide heat and warmth for this special occasion. The samurai was once better off and had owned land but lost the land when he was deceived by a relative.
Months later, the monk returns and actually reveals he was in disguise before and that he is actually a Kamakura shogunate official of high standing. As a token of appreciation, he helps the samurai recover his lost lands.
About Danitrio Hyotan Fountain Pen Series:
The Hyotan in Japanese means "Gourd" or "Calabash", which is a fruit that can sometimes come in an hourglass shape. This series of pen does come in the hourglass shape; in the US, collectors of Danitrio pens have coined it the Mae West, one of the biggest Hollywood stars in the twentieth century known for her hourglass figure.
Note: Despite the pictures for this pen depicting a "T" nib, this pen will be provided with a fireball nib.
This pen is furnished with an 18k Gold, two-toned #6 nib. What has been described by many Danitrio collectors as the fireball nib is an image of “Kaen-Kohai” which is a flame-shaped halo of “Fudo Myoo” (Acala, the God of Fire). This halo is commonly painted on the back of Japanese Buddhist statues.
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||65 mm (2.56")|
|Cap Diameter||21 mm (0.83")|
|Barrel Length||110 mm (4.33")|
|Barrel Diameter||19 mm (0.75")|
|Pen Length (Closed)||147 mm (5.79")|
|Pen Length (Posted)||Cap does not post|
|Net Weight||35.5 g (1.25 oz)|
|Net Weight (w/ink)||37.2 g (1.31 oz)|
About the Artisan:
This pen was hand-painted by Hakusan Taniguchi (Masamune). Born in 1959. Inspired by his father who painted urushi himself, he aspired to one day be a maki-e artisan. 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 was an apprentice of Masanori Omote (another Danitrio artisan). In addition to pens, he applies a lot of his maki-e techniques to tea ceremony items.