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Maki-E Pens For Showcase Only Or Usable As Every Day Writer?


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#1 Nyanzilla



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Posted 13 July 2015 - 21:01

I really like the design of the various maki-e pens. And I've been thinking of purchasing one for a long time. But as they are quite expensive I'm worried a bit about their sturdiness. Will that painting and urushi laqueur wear when the pen is used for everyday writing?

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Posted 13 July 2015 - 21:26

I haven't seen many with painting on the grip section were you would see the most wear.  I have seen old old maki-e pens that show very well and they appear to be quite durable though I imagine they weren't used every day of their life.  If you can afford one and want to use it every day I see nothing wrong with the likely wear and tear...for me it would be a badge of honor.

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Posted 13 July 2015 - 21:39

I have some urushi Nakaya pens. They are quite durable. Some have survived falls on concrete without noticeable scratching. The Japanese use urushi items daily for rice and tea. I would be more worried about losing one than damaging one. 

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#4 Sakura FP Gallery

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 07:41

The Maki-e painting and urushi lacquer are very durable. The only thing you have to keep in mind is not to leave them in plain sunlight. 

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 10:42

I have a Platinum low end one I use a lot. Nothing has happened to the maki-e, but the nib got corroded by some toxic ink when I neglected to flush it. I have a pricy Sailor (my avatar) I use frequently. But it was scary the first time I inked it.

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