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#1 Nikolaos

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 12:31

Hi guys,

I recently received my second Ohasido pen and decided to start a thread to show the two pens i have. It has taken me about 5 months to find and buy both of these pens since they don't show up for sale often. There is not a lot of information about the company online but Russ Stutler has written a nice article about Mr. Uehara and Ohasido pens that provides information. Here is a link to the article:

http://www.pentrace....hido/index.html

In addition, and thanks to Taki and Stan there is a very interesting video showing Mr. Uehara at work in his small appartment/workshop in Sendai. From our understanding the video was made by the education department of Sendai. Here is the link to that:

http://archive-www.s...zai/v00014.html

Both of the pens i have are urushi lacquered. The long black one measures 16cm capped. It is a very comfortable pen to use for long periods of time and the urushi coating is shiny and beautiful. The pen has a 14K single tone S-F nib, that is made by Sailor. It is a dream to write with. It fills via Sailor cartridges or Sailor converter. The pen came in its simple Paulownia wood box, all the paperwork and a nice suede leather case. i got lucky with it because the seller also included a spare section with a brand new S-M nib so if i want to change nib i can just exchange the sections. The seller told us that the pen was purchased in 2002. I really like the design of the pen. While the cap is almost flat top the barrel is finished in a nice torpedo shape. It is a lightweight pen and the balance is perfect.

The shorter pen measures 13.5cm. It is executed in a beautiful dark blue and black urushi pattern that is pretty abstract like passing clouds. It reminds me of the night sky. I love the flat end design used in the pen. The colors on it are relatively dark blues and black but once the sun catches the pen it is a different story as you can see in the photos. The pen has a thick 18K solid gold band right above the section that adds to its looks but also makes the balance excellent. The 14K S-F (soft fine) glides on paper with no hesitation even after the pen sits uncapped for over 10 minutes.
The pen came with a very nice leather case for it with the name of the maker/shop on it.

I can go on talking for a long time about these two gorgeous pens but i will let some photos do the extra talking. I am very happy to have these two pens and will definitely remain in my collection.

The pictures and ideas for the backgrounds were all Jade's work happyberet.gif

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#2 hollyuk

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 12:38

These are very beautiful pens Nikolaos - thanks for sharing. Although I have love writing for many years I am new to a lot of this and have not yet got into collecting pens - but I can see the attraction. Forgive my ingorance, but would you have to look for these pens in a dealers shop? I would love to find out more about pens from this area of the world!
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Posted 07 December 2008 - 13:47

Very nice Nikolaos, thanks for sharing. I like the shape of the long black one. The blunt cap is a subtle but cool change from most of the cigar-shaped pens out there.

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 03:12

Wonderful looking pens. Kudos to Jade for getting the grasshopper to climb the black Ohasido. That's one impressive trick. wink.gif
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#5 Taki

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 03:20

I really like the blue and black ones! Congrats, Nikolaos.

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 04:33

Stunning pens! Where were you able to find them?

#7 Nikolaos

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 09:01

Thanks for your kind comments guys.

I won both pens in auctions through yahoo JP. The images that the sellers provided in both auctions were really bad but still i went ahead and took a chance. There was pretty heavy bidding on both of them. It did pay off in the end

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 14:23

Beautiful!

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 22:21

Enjoy these treasures! smile.gif



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Posted 09 December 2008 - 12:42

Here are three we had earlier this year. Great pens. Have extreme regrets on letting the one on the left go.


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#11 Nikolaos

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 13:50

Beautiful pens Stan,

I love the one on the left! The one in the middle looks like the one Kevin sold a few months ago on FPN. Thanks for the great photo

Nikolaos

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 13:53

Wow, those are nice!

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 02:37

QUOTE (Nikolaos @ Dec 9 2008, 05:50 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Beautiful pens Stan,

I love the one on the left! The one in the middle looks like the one Kevin sold a few months ago on FPN. Thanks for the great photo

Nikolaos

Hi Nikolaos!
You are indeed correct about the Ohasido in the middle; I purchased this pen from him and absolutely love the smoothness of the nib, just right ink flow and the sublime beauty of the pen
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#14 Nikolaos

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 17:59

The soft fine nibs are to die for!!! same goes for the spare section with the soft medium nib on it! Enjoy your pen Roger

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 02:06

Hi This is FeatherNib
New Kid On the Block and new with all this. Any way A coppel of weeks a go I bought an Ohsido pen,
and in my search found you so, I looked around in the this website and felt safe to join so I did.

If you don't mind me asking, would you please in form me as to what Price rang the older Ohasido pens go for.
You see I posted the pen on eBay for som ridicules amount of money witch I figer some one would say
something or ask, have you gon mad, I all so figured it is a lot essayer to com dawn than go up.
Any way altimetry I do want to put a fare competitive price to sell it.

I have to say I love the pen, the only thing is I like a finer nib than the one on it and the nib is stamped
(S-B) If you want to look at it it is on eBay just tip in Hasid F.P. and it will com up.

I know you will say probley I have Goon mad, probley so, Help!!!!! set me free from my Ignorance Please

Thank FeatherNib
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Posted 24 November 2013 - 00:26

Anyone know if ohasi do make their own hardware like hakase does. And does anyone know what the hardware is made out if (I.E- hakase uses beaten gold).

Thanks. It's almost impossible to find any information on these pens.

#17 Nikolaos

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 04:31

Without being 100% sure, I think Ohasi-do make/made their own hardware. That being said all their clips and bands are identical and I think same goes for the 18K thick gold bands used on some of the pens. I had a dozen Ohashi-do in my collection, now only 7 remain. 



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Posted 24 November 2013 - 04:36

Thanks nikolaos. How would you say the ohasi do craftsmanship compares to hakase ?

#19 Nikolaos

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 07:35

That's an interesting question Sblakers. I have 4 Hakase pens currently and the crafsmanship is top notch as I am sure most people that own Hakase think. The Ohasi-do I currently own are also top notch in terms of craftsmanship but I have also seen a few with minor flaws. That being said, Hakase is a more of an established business, with it's own premises , shop etc. 
As far as I can tell Mr. Uehara was making Ohasi-do in a tiny apartment, with a foot-operated lathe, more or less a one-man operation. There was a video made some years ago about Mr. Uehara, by a Japanese TV station but sadly i can't find it any longer. 
 
Also another point to consider is materials:
The majority of Ohasi-do pens are ebonite. Also some nice translucent acrylics were used, but the core is ebonite. Some of the ebonite pens were finished by Mr. Uehara (smooth or chased ebonite), and others (I think) were sent to artisans he worked with for lacquering. I am fairly certain that he was not doing the urushi application and maki-e decoration by himself. The pens I have noticed minor flaws on were pens that has urushi applied on them. All ebonite and acrylic pens i have seen and handled are top notch. 
 
Hakase uses all kinds of different and exotic materials, and everything is finished in-house so the control is tighter. 

Edited by Nikolaos, 24 November 2013 - 07:36.


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Posted 24 November 2013 - 13:24

Thanks nikolaos, that was very helpful information. I actually just bought a used ohasi do, it's similar to your pen with the two gold bands( cap and body) it was described as looking black in the picture but when light is shined on it- it turns a brownish color. - in assuming this is urushi ? The pen has a flat top cap and torpedo body. Thanks again for your help, I own a hakase with one on the way I was curious about these ohasi do pens so when one came up I had to pull the trigger.

Edited by Sblakers, 24 November 2013 - 13:29.







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