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The Urushi Herald Project...


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#1 bgray

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 14:21

Hi Pen Fans!


The Edison Pen Company is proud to announce it's second collaborative project with Ernest Shin, of Hakumin Urushi Kobo.


This new Urushi project will be based on the Herald Pen.


This is coming on the heels of the Pearl Urushi Project, which was a smashing success.


Edison and Hakumin Urushi will create a unique Kara-nuri version of the Herald.  This will be a Limited Edition of only 20 pens. 


The Urushi Pearl technique was definitely visually active.  This Urushi Herald will be in cooler tones and more subdued, in comparison, using shades of teal blue accented with gold.  See the photos below.



This technique is similar to the one used on the Urushi Pearl Project with the key differences how the mottling is applied and the pigmentation of the lacquer. The base color of this lacquer was produced by carefully choosing a mixture various modern and traditional pigments to produce a lacquer that would not darken excessively while maintaining the same degree of durability and hardness urushi is known for. The different shades seen in the sample were then created by adding small amounts of a tinting pigment to produce lighter tints of the same color which were then applied in subsequent layers to produce an active play of shades. The gold accents used in this technique, is 23.5K gold powder of the same sort used in the Urushi Pearl Project


Here is a photo of the Herald Pen.  Based on this poll at the Fountain Pen Network, this will be a clipless pen.



 


And here is an example of the Urushi technique that will be used on this pen....



The same as the Pearl Urushi Project, we are taking orders, and then the pens will be constructed.  The process will be documented with photos and video so you want watch your pen being "born".


Please visit the Urushi Herald Project Page for more details, ordering information, as well as progress pictures and videos...


Thanks.


Brian at Edison, and Ernest at Hakumin Urushi



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#2 SJM1123

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 22:35

Hi Everyone,

I'll pipe up here as well. I'm really excited for Brian's and my second project together and I hope that it will be as successful as our Urushi Pearl Project.

For this new project, I had developed this technique after I had been asked about using some non-traditional lacquer colors in lacquerwork. I thought that it would make for an interesting contrast to the Pearl project which used a traditional palette of black, gold and translucent lacquer. While I am using gold again for this project, the rest of the lacquer is now pigmented with a mixture of modern and traditional pigments to get the teal blue color--the technique may be related to the one used on the Pearl Project, but this certainly gives the lacquerwork a completely different feel.

As always, If anyone has any questions about the the project, the pen or the lacquerwork, feel free to ask! An email or PM to either of us, or comments here or on the Edison Pen blog will certainly get our attention. Otherwise, keep an eye out for our progress updates on Brian's blog.

Thanks!
Ernest.

Edited by SJM1123, 07 December 2010 - 22:35.

Check out the new Edison/Hakumin Collaboration: The Urushi Mina Project
To see more projects, or to inquire about a custom urushi pen, visit: www.hakuminurushi.com

#3 stevlight

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 00:42

This is going to be a gorgeous pen. i got to see the Pearl Urushi pens in person at the NY Pen show and the workman ship is just phenomenal. I may have to save up for this one.
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Posted 09 December 2010 - 17:13

I like the new color and technique. Interesting. Worth keeping up here!

#5 bgray

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 17:47

Only 14 are left! So more than a quarter of them have gone in less than a week!

Just in case you are on the fence, they are going fast, the same at the Pearl Project!

Take care.

Brian and Ernest

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 20:15

That is an awesome color :puddle:

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 10:25

What size are the sample finished pieces relative to the pen? Is the board pen height? half height? double height?

#8 SJM1123

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 14:56

What size are the sample finished pieces relative to the pen? Is the board pen height? half height? double height?


The sample board is about 2" x 3". In comparison, the pen is 5.75". Because of this, on the completed pen, the mottling will look smaller and somewhat more complex than it does in this particular sample.
Check out the new Edison/Hakumin Collaboration: The Urushi Mina Project
To see more projects, or to inquire about a custom urushi pen, visit: www.hakuminurushi.com






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