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#1 jde

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 13:12

Ever since I first held an Edison Mina, I wanted one in a urushi finish. The pen's shape cries out for such a beautiful treatment, doesn't it? I decided too to get one with some personalized maki-e elements.

It's impossible to "review" a pen that was made to my specifications...I mean, I love it and use it every day. What you really need to know is that Ernest Shin of Hakumin Urushi, Brian Gray's frequent collaborator, is very talented and very, very good to work with in creating a customized urushi pen. As Strang has pointed out in his review of his stunning Hakumin Edison Pearl with a raden band, you don't even need to know what kind of customization you want because Ernest will help you get to a pen design. In my case, I had some ideas and Ernest and I worked through them quite easily.

The nib is a sweet smooth EF nib ground by Michael Masuyama of MikeItWork. The urushi finish is shiro-tamenuri. The turtle and pattern underneath are done in taka-maki-e which is a raised layer technique, giving the pen a nice tactile variation. I love the meticulous, painstaking maki-e work Ernest put into this pen. The pen took a little over a year from order to receipt.

My pen is similar to quinden's Hakumin Edison Mina as his was also done in shiro-tamenuri.

If you want all the ordering details and more photos, there's always my blog post about this pen.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 13:22

Congratulations, Julie! It is marvelous work. :cloud9:

Like you said, Ernest is incredibly talented! I wish his website had a 'completed orders' gallery so that all his amazing work was showcased.
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Posted 23 October 2012 - 14:03

Beautiful pen! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy it in good health.
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Posted 23 October 2012 - 16:33

Wow, that's Lovely.

The turtle moves

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 17:21

Lovely detail work done by Ernest. It is so difficult to capture the depth of urushi pens. Nice shot of the detail of the customizations you had done.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 17:22

Lovely pen, thanks for sharing.
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Posted 23 October 2012 - 18:19

Like you said, Ernest is incredibly talented! I wish his website had a 'completed orders' gallery so that all his amazing work was showcased.


There will be sometime in the near future, I've been doing an overhaul and all the recent work will be put in along with that update.
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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Posted 23 October 2012 - 18:39

Like you said, Ernest is incredibly talented! I wish his website had a 'completed orders' gallery so that all his amazing work was showcased.


There will be sometime in the near future, I've been doing an overhaul and all the recent work will be put in along with that update.


Ernest, that is dynamite news! I am really looking foward to it. :notworthy1:
Currently using:Too many pens inked to list, I must cut back! :) I can guarantee there are flighters, urushi, and/or Sheaffer Vac-fillers in the mix!!!

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 23:27

Jules! I read your blog post early this morning. What a great article and review for a treasured fountain pen.

I'm happy for you!

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:00

Congratulations on your beautiful pen! What inspiration and artistic talent! You and Ernest made one amazing piece of Art! :puddle:
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:14

Over a year to complete!?

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 02:04

Beautiful pen and amazing work by Ernest! I'm looking forward to the day when a pen Ernest is doing for me will appear in my mailbox. Maybe by Christmas!! Enjoy your fantastic pen!

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 13:02

Thanks for your kind comments, Lisa and Chris and hari and quinden and Thomas and elderberry and and...Posted Image

Beautiful pen and amazing work by Ernest! I'm looking forward to the day when a pen Ernest is doing for me will appear in my mailbox. Maybe by Christmas!! Enjoy your fantastic pen!


Please share it when and if you are able, dannyboy!

Glad to hear Ernest will be updating his website too. Must be hard to do all that needs to be done when you're a one-person shop!

The turtle moves

Love that! Yes!

Edited by jde, 24 October 2012 - 13:04.

 
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 15:16

Absolutely lovely pen. Is the turtle raised enough to serve as a roll-stopper?

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 18:05

Congrats Julie, a truly beautiful pen!
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 20:33

Absolutely lovely pen. Is the turtle raised enough to serve as a roll-stopper?


Uh... nope. not raised that much! Plus if you look at other photos of a Mina, you will see that the shape is curved. The taka-maki-e on mine is at the inner most of the inward part of the curve.

Congrats Julie, a truly beautiful pen!


Thanks, Siv! It looks great next to my ki-dame short octagon. Both currently inked up and workin' for me.

Edited by jde, 24 October 2012 - 20:33.

 
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Posted 25 October 2012 - 01:05

Beautiful pen and amazing work by Ernest! I'm looking forward to the day when a pen Ernest is doing for me will appear in my mailbox. Maybe by Christmas!! Enjoy your fantastic pen!


Ditto for me, but artistry takes time, and I have learned some patience waiting for my P51 in Nashiji-Nuri.

I too think of it for maybe Christmas........ :notworthy1:
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Posted 25 October 2012 - 13:30

Beautiful pen and amazing work by Ernest! I'm looking forward to the day when a pen Ernest is doing for me will appear in my mailbox. Maybe by Christmas!! Enjoy your fantastic pen!


Ditto for me, but artistry takes time, and I have learned some patience waiting for my P51 in Nashiji-Nuri.

I too think of it for maybe Christmas........ :notworthy1:



Whenever your pens come, it will be worth the wait! Chris, those P51s of Ernest's are soooooooo droolworthy!
 
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 06:10

Great pen and a fantastic blog post - very enlightening, thanks.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 23:56

Great pen and a fantastic blog post - very enlightening, thanks.


Thanks for the kind words!
 
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