After I wrote the first check I began the long wait for the pen. Since maki-e items take months to complete, only the upcoming wedding of my daughter and my three classes of middle school students could distract me from pacing 24/7 in front of the mailbox!
When the pen actually arrived, I opened the box as I open all gifts (for the Spaceballs freaks out there...I went PLAID!!).
At 5.75" capped and 5.25" uncaped, my new Danitrio maki-e Fuji clearly dwarfs all the other fountain pens in my collection, with the exception of the identically sized Danitrio Cum Laude. Although I love the smaller pens as well (one of my Peter Pans measures 2 1/8" uncapped and less than 2 1/2" capped, including the ring at the top), I find the Fuji very comfortable in my hand.
The design is made entirely with gold and platinum powders of various sizes. When I ordered the pen, I knew this, but months later, when the pen actually arrived, I emailed Kevin and asked if part of the design was copper or bronze. The answer, of course, was that it was entirely platinum and gold, but the gold was mixed with colored urushi, which caused the gold to appear copper-colored.
The barrel has a black, shiny lacquer background, while the artist chose to render the image of Fuji's summit against a deep rich burgundy. The platinum snow is heavy on the upper slopes of the mountain and is lightly applied at the bottom, as the image descends into the coppery clouds. The entire image and sections of the design are outlined in gold. The design is tastefully applied around the clip. I would have preferred no clip at all since I do not intend to ever place the pen in my pocket, but since there was no choice in the matter, the clip was included.
The pen is very light in weight. My Vanishing Points are much heavier. While I enjoy the VP's very much, I find that after ten minutes, they tend to tire my hand. This is not the case with the Fuji, which has about the same heft as the LE Bexley FPN pen. I can and have written with the Fuji for hours and hours with no feeling of fatigue in my wrist.
Until you actually see one of these maki-e pens in person, you cannot imagine its beauty or appreciate the work that has gone into these handmade gems.
At the DC show, this pen was the only one that I brought along to show my friends. I know that I always appreciate seeing beautiful and unusual pens, and I was proud to show off this treasure. Judging from the appreciative reactions of all who saw it, I clearly chose a winner! I carried it in two cases - the first, a Levenger parapet and the other, a Kate's Paperie zipped pencil case. I wanted to be sure that it was properly protected! There is no way I would carry a pen of this size and value in a typical pen case with rubberized bands.
I love all the pens in my collection and I use them all.
A special thank you to Kevin for making this purchase (for me at least) possible!
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Edited by MYU, 01 December 2008 - 02:43.