✓ 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, the base color may reveal a more greenish or more bluish color depending on their preference.
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.
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 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.