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Namiki Nippon Art Golden Pheasant

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#1 jandrese

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 21:41

This is my first Namiki Nippon Art series pen. I like my Pilot Seirei-nuri pen so much I went for the Namiki branded sibling in the Nippon Art Golden Pheasant. This pen is billed as being hira maki-e and is produced, and is signed by the Pilot/Namiki workshop. For the price somehow I doubt this is 100% hand done, but it does not really matter. It is an urushi craft, I like the big beautiful design, and it writes very nicely indeed. The writing experience is very similar to the preternaturally perfect Seirei-nuri but the Namiki comes with a CON-70 converter and a Namiki branded nib. Otherwise, at heart it is essentially identical to the Pilot. FWIW I purchased the pen from Pilot's Amazon listing for a good price and Prime shipping.

 

48008856648_8b7c2fca44_k.jpgIMG_1910 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

 

48008938802_9bf3d09970_k.jpgIMG_1907 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

 

48008856148_c17b635e93_k.jpgIMG_1911 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

 

48008849706_0ebb63b6b2_k.jpgIMG_1912 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

 

Medium nib writes and unvarying line the first time every time with just slightly more ink flow than is absolutely necessary. Luxury is about getting more than you need and in this case lux is a pen that just writes a beautiful line.

48008937187_d19aeb7017_h.jpgIMG_1909 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

 

Felt in the cap for safe posting (?). I don't post urushi pens.

48008850281_c8dcefae60_b.jpgIMG_1913 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

 

48008938347_7b8d947424_k.jpgIMG_1914 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

 

Will see about getting more pens from the series.



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Posted 05 June 2019 - 22:05

These maki-e pens are so beautiful... does the design not risk erosion from frequent use, however?! I would be worried about losing the incredible decorated finish! ?


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Posted 06 June 2019 - 02:04

These maki-e pens are so beautiful... does the design not risk erosion from frequent use, however?! I would be worried about losing the incredible decorated finish! ?

Yes and no. Urushi is hard when cured and there are centuries old examples (well, not pens) that are well preserved. Japanese people would expect and treasure some honest wear. That does not entail abuse. I'm careful with my urushi pens, probably more than they need, but I use them without hesitation. They don't, for example, go in my pocket next to my keys but then again no other nice pen does either.  



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Posted 06 June 2019 - 07:34

Yes and no. Urushi is hard when cured and there are centuries old examples (well, not pens) that are well preserved. Japanese people would expect and treasure some honest wear. That does not entail abuse. I'm careful with my urushi pens, probably more than they need, but I use them without hesitation. They don't, for example, go in my pocket next to my keys but then again no other nice pen does either.  

 

That makes sense. I appreciated especially the part about treasuring the honest wear. :happyberet:


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