Awesome! May I ask, with $400+ was it a simple design?
Here is what Ernest said a year ago:
"The cost and time would depend entirely on what urushi technique you are looking for so I will need a better idea of what you are looking for to give you a definitive answer. However, to give you a basic idea initially, the most common technique I'm requested is the Tamenuri technique which will take me at the moment 5-6 months from the point I receive the pen and will be $450 to be done on a Sailor King of Pen that you supply me. Other techniques will vary in price and timing, but typically 5 months is the current minimum time."
Both the cost and the time frame may have changed since then. In the meantime Ernest did a great job repairing some scuffs on one of my urushi pens (which required re-coating etc.). He is not fast, but the results are very good.
Edited by Pendel, 17 May 2016 - 23:18.