✓ 100% Genuine Urushi
✓ Contains the Maki-E Red Seal (Highest Quality of Maki-E Art)
✓ Hand-painted by highly-trained Japanese Artisans
Irokeshi-dame describes the exquisite, smooth satin finish of this pen. It provides contrast when compared to tame-nuri which leaves the surface with a glossy appearance. The artisan is able to produce the satin finish by excluding the burnishing process upon the completion of the outer urushi layer.
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.
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.
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|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:
This pen was hand-painted by Masanori Omote (Masanori). Born in 1938. Masanori was awarded the "Dento-Kogei-shi" title in 1994, 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. He learned Maki-E on commonly used items and often showcases his work at art exhibitions in Japan such as Dento Kogeiten, art-and-craft exhibition established in the 1950's to help foster and pass down the skills of Japanese traditional crafts. In addition to practicing Maki-E, he has also has been a teacher at the Yamanaka Urushi Technical Center. He likes to use different lacquering techniques on the same piece and is inspired by the four seasons. He states that he works very hard on his pieces in hopes that his customers will continue to love his work.