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#21 Dickkooty2

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 14:56

A great travelogue, foodie write-up, pen-appreciation, and with the addition of the issue of restricted materials, a look into the problems of making rare and beautiful objects!

 

While FPN is certainly the place for this posting, I think that it could appear in broader-interest publications.

 

By the way, your ink and wash portrait is excellent. Is it by a japanese artist?

 

Thank you for writing about your journey!



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Posted 05 April 2014 - 15:50

A great travelogue, foodie write-up, pen-appreciation, and with the addition of the issue of restricted materials, a look into the problems of making rare and beautiful objects!

 

While FPN is certainly the place for this posting, I think that it could appear in broader-interest publications.

 

By the way, your ink and wash portrait is excellent. Is it by a japanese artist?

 

Thank you for writing about your journey!

You are very kind, thank you so much.

 

The portrait was done by a "rad" comic artist whom I found online (this is how he described himself; I don't even know what "rad" means).  I told him he made me look too old, and he didn't react well to the criticism, I'm afraid.  After a while, though, the portrait began to grow on me.  



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Posted 05 April 2014 - 15:50

Wow! That tortoiseshell/buffalo horn pen is just amazing! And the Japanese meal photos are just making me salivate. Congratulations on your new pens!

 

Can't wait for my own Hakase to be delivered, hopefully by October this year?

You will not regret the purchase, and I'm afraid to tell you that it will not be your last...



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Posted 05 April 2014 - 16:46

Thank you for this report! I've been considering a rosewood/tortoiseshell desk pen myself. I love the shape of the desk pen. While I'm not a proponent of catching tortoises/turtles for shells alone (same point with sharks for fins) I have to say that shells already in existence, in addition to traditional crafts... it's quite the no-brainer for him.

 

And while I'm no expert on the Washington Convention, that was my take as well - simply no export for commercial purposes, but should be fine for personal 'consumption' (as it were), ex. if you get the product sent to a friend and then onwards to you.

 

edit: and honestly the first thing I thought upon reading this was... wait he does ALL THAT? and takes you out? that's mind-blowing and incredible!


Edited by daintydimsum, 05 April 2014 - 16:47.


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Posted 05 April 2014 - 18:09

daoud62: if you get a chance, could you share with us the dimensions of your buffalo horn/tortoiseshell pen? I'm particularly interested in the length from nib tip to barrel end. 

 

Would also love to see photos of your ebony pen!

From the tip of the cap to the end of the pen, it measures approximately 153 cm.  Uncapped, from the tip of the nib to the end of the pen is approximately 133 cm.



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Posted 05 April 2014 - 18:11

Thank you for this report! I've been considering a rosewood/tortoiseshell desk pen myself. I love the shape of the desk pen. While I'm not a proponent of catching tortoises/turtles for shells alone (same point with sharks for fins) I have to say that shells already in existence, in addition to traditional crafts... it's quite the no-brainer for him.

 

And while I'm no expert on the Washington Convention, that was my take as well - simply no export for commercial purposes, but should be fine for personal 'consumption' (as it were), ex. if you get the product sent to a friend and then onwards to you.

 

edit: and honestly the first thing I thought upon reading this was... wait he does ALL THAT? and takes you out? that's mind-blowing and incredible!

 

The entire Yamamoto family is extremely polite and friendly.  I have patronized Hakase for several years now, and am glad to among their friends and customers.  



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Posted 06 April 2014 - 02:17

Fantastic review. Like so many here, I'm entranced by individual artisans who seemingly pour so much of themselves into their work and reap a fair reward. I've eyed Hakase pens before, and now will consider them in a whole new light.

 

Thank you for such a long, interesting post!

 

 

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 02:36

David, what a great, detailed, evocative account! It's the next best thing to being there – many thanks! More, please!



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Posted 06 April 2014 - 02:53

Wonderful pics and narrative.



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Posted 06 April 2014 - 08:01

I bet you are one of Hakase's special customers. Otherwise, the owner of Hasake would not spend a whole day with one customer, including having lunch together.  I am curious to know how many pens you have purchased from Hakase to date. 


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Posted 06 April 2014 - 19:15

I bet you are one of Hakase's special customers. Otherwise, the owner of Hasake would not spend a whole day with one customer, including having lunch together.  I am curious to know how many pens you have purchased from Hakase to date. 

Hi,

As I mentioned at the beginning of my post, I have been a loyal customer of Hakase for several years.  I have 5 Hakase pens.  



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Posted 06 April 2014 - 22:07

Really enjoyed reading this wonderful post. The food looks fantastic and the pen simply fabulous. Enjoy in good health.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 22:41

Thanks for sharing this charming experience! The read was a real treat.

 

I have a Hakase pen on order myself (i'm not sure this post helps the wait though - I'm almost tempted by another one already...)



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Posted 06 April 2014 - 22:44

Speaking of orders, do you guys in America get hit by customs?

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 10:21

Thank you for sharing, I will see if I can make a trip out of it when I pick up my pen!



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Posted 10 April 2014 - 04:33

wow.  i'm envious.  i need to go there and get myself a Hakase.  someday.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 12:57

Good food. Nice places. Fantastic pens. 

 

Thank you for sharing all these finer things in life with us. 

 

I told myself one day I would be in Tottori.  







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