✓ 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.
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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.
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.