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My New, Old, Kamakuri-Bori Pens!

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#1 LinnT

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 21:32

Hello,

I pulled the trigger and made an offer on two pens I found at a local antique mall. I had seen the pens Tuesday, just before closing time, and fell in love. They were in two different cases at opposite ends of the room, but owned by the same vender. Today I went back and got to sit down and look at them side by side. I made an offer and the vender took it. The smaller one is 5 inches long capped and the longer one is 5 1/4 inches long. The smaller one has a Pilot Warranted 14K #2 nib. The longer one is a Warranted 14K #3 JIS nib.

 

Both are marked R14K on the clips and band with minimal brassing on the shorter pen. The larger pen was well loved, the cap is worn, even some of the urushi is worn above the band in one area. Someone carried and used this pen. Its bori pattern looks to be similar to one Stan had posted and has on his website. It is not the common pattern. The shorter pen is in the more typical pattern with an area for personalization which is blank. Both show signs of ink around the shut-off rod.

 

So with out further bragging, the pictures.

 

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#2 Strang

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 23:00

Very nice finds!  :thumbup: 


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Posted 10 September 2013 - 00:50

Wow...no, I mean WOW!!! Those are both beautiful, amazing pens! I'm not surprised that you fell in love with them - I especially love the pattern on the larger one, that's quite unique. Are the pens in working condition? If not, are you going to get them restored?



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 03:19

Wow...no, I mean WOW!!! Those are both beautiful, amazing pens! I'm not surprised that you fell in love with them - I especially love the pattern on the larger one, that's quite unique. Are the pens in working condition? If not, are you going to get them restored?

I know, I kept thinking about them from the time I saw them until I made the offer (don't tell my family, they had no idea why I had that look in my eyes). I just sent Eric in Scotland an email about getting them operational.


Edited by LinnT, 10 September 2013 - 03:20.


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Posted 10 September 2013 - 04:22

Very nice!

Any bori found with a pattern other than the diamond or staggered pattern is rare.


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