✓ 100% Genuine Urushi
✓ Contains the Maki-E Red Seal (Highest Quality of Maki-E Art)
✓ Hand-painted by highly-trained Japanese Artisan
Burnished (polished) to a mirror finish, the luster from Masaaki-san's tame-nuri technique is irrefutable. Peer into the depths of the urushi through the outer clear coat where the meticulous application of lacquering layer-by layer can be understood. The undertones glimmer at just the right angles and will glow brighter with age. Ao (meaning blue in Japanese) is described here to be Mokuso (meditational).
About Ranga M5 Pen Body and Filling System:
This pen was produced in partnership with Ranga Pens. Urushi lacquer is applied over a solidly constructed handmade Ranga model 5 ebonite pen body, including the threads.
Pen comes with an international pen converter but pen barrel chamber can also be filled eye dropper style (eye dropper does not come with pen).
This pen is furnished with a ShiZen 18k Gold, two-toned #6 nib, medium tip (currently ShiZen only offers one size: Medium)
The logo depicts an enso circle around a bonsai tree. Both of these illustrations have connections to Zen Buddhism. Enso circle represents a tranquil meditative state where one's mind is able to be emptied so that they can exercise immense creativity. Bonsai trees are commonly grown in Japan as they are perceived as living things that require discipline to care for them -- they also serve as harmony between nature and human-beings.
|Cap Length||84 mm (3.31")|
|Cap Diameter||17 mm (0.67")|
|Section Diameter||12.5 mm (0.49")|
|Barrel Length||126 mm (4.96")|
|Barrel Diameter||17 mm (0.67")|
|Pen Length (Closed)||177.8 mm (7")|
|Pen Length (Posted)||Do not post cap|
|Weight||39 g (1.38 oz)|
|Weight (w/ink)||40 g (1.41 oz)|
About the Artisan:
Maki-e artisan Masaaki Sakaguchi lacquered this pen. Born in 1967, Masaaki always had a passion in doing painting. He learned from masters Kiyoaki Hiromasa and Masao Harima who have been major inspirations through the years on his work. He has lacquered objects such as tables, sword sheaths/racks, tableware, watches, and lacquerware. His maki-e works have been submitted into the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition and the International Lacquer Exhibition where he has won maki-e competitions.