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  1. Hi folks I am super new to this hobby. Since I recently completed my first project I would like to post it here and get your eyes on it. Like many of you, I too found the Japanese maki-e fountain pens amazingly beautiful yet very out of my reach price-wise. I had some experience assembling car model kits, so I thought since I already have the spray paint and sandpaper and all that stuff, why not treat a fountain pen just another car model and do some experiments on it? And here's the outcome! Quite honestly, I am pretty happy with the result, although the wood finish I was using doesn't seem super scratch-resistant. Another major issue is that there doesn't seem to be a lot of cheap clip-less fountain pens out there for me to work off. If you folks have any suggestions, please let me know! I bought this one off eBay: Cheers!
  2. Fritz Schimpf

    New Pelikan Limited Edition Maki-E Peacock

    We have just received word that this years Pelikan maki-e fountain pen will be released in June. The Maki-e Peacock Limited Edition is, judging by the pictures, a beautiful pen with a hefty price tag. Here is a picture of this beauty: The Maki-e Peacock is based on the Souverän M1000 and comes with a medium nib. It will be available by June 2018 and has a retail price in Germany of € 3.450.- including the VAT. The Maki-e Peacock is limited to 111 pieces worldwide. For more pictures and information (in German) please follow this link: https://www.fritz-schimpf.de/Neuheiten/Pelikan-Limited-Edition-Maki-e-Peacock-Kolbenfuellhalter.html Best regards Fritz Schimpf
  3. Sakura FP Gallery

    The Last Sailor Supreme Shi Rei

    The Sailor Supreme Shi-Rei series was designed in 2010 and hand decorated by artist Kousen Oshita-san using the traditional Kaga maki-e style. The collection consists of four pens each depicting one of the four Celestian Guardians. Today only the Supreme Shi-Rei Ryu 'Gardian of Wealth and Prosperity' (blue Dragon) and the Supreme Shi-Rei Houo 'Gardian of Virtue and Grace' (red Phoenix) are the last pieces left. Both are numbered 18/33. https://www.sakurafountainpengallery.com/nl/fpngallery/sailor-japanese-maki-e The word is said that Sailor will not release any high end Maki-e in the near or far future unless a thirth party orders one. I hope someone call tell me the opposite. Both Supreme Shi Rei are available at an attractive price. This may be your chance to acquire a (last) Sailor top maki-e pen. Please contact us for more info. Catherine
  4. Sakura FP Gallery

    Sailor Maki-E For Sale

    Maki-e for Sale ? Sailor Spring under the Stars, Kai, Kurenai, Ukifune, Turtle en Phoenix, ... are already around for some time. Without being disrespectful they have to make some room for new Limited Editions. https://www.sakurafountainpengallery.com/en/boutique/sailor-maki-e-japanse-pennen
  5. Just picked up a Dantrio Hakkaku with dragon Maki-e and a 18k #6 size stub nib. The basic pen shape is an octagon, which is the name of the pen style, hakkaku. There is no clip. The base color is shu tame-nuri, that is, red urushi with translucent top coat. Many urushi pens stop at this stage as it is highly polished and very beautiful changing look over time slightly, an effect that is enhanced by the facets of the octagonal pen body. This pen has had decorative urushi painting applied over the shu tami-nuri base using various maki-e techniques and several urushi colors. The design is of a 5-toed dragon, a Chinese dragon, with Buddhist fire symbol all underneath some flowers. While I'm not aware of the significance or meaning of the design it is very cool. The dragon is animated and threatening!. The level of artistry is really rather extreme. Flat, raised, polished, burnished, multiple colored urushi with details sprinkled with gold powder. Many steps, much time and patience, and advanced skills are needed to produce artwork such as this. Functional art; the stub nib writes as nicely as one might expect and feeds from a cartridge converter. This Danitrio is not set up for eyedropper filling. Pen comes in a Pawlonia wood box with a decorative fabric pen sleeve. The pen is signed by the artist with his imprint or kao, a Mr. Koichiro Okazaki I believe.
  6. asegier

    Pelikan M1000 Maki-E Choice

    If you had to choose one Maki-e from Pelikan, which would you choose and why? For reference: https://www.pelikan.com/pulse/Pulsar/en_US.FWI.displayShop.252817./maki-e
  7. Iguana Sell

    New Pelikan Maki-E Dragonfly

    We are glad to introduce Pelikan's 2017 Maki-E Limited Edition: Dragonfly. For further information or pre-orders please do not hesitate to contact us at info@iguanasell.com
  8. This is my first review, so kindly ignore any mistakes & share your knowledge. This beautiful Pilot Togidashi Hira Maki-e Sakura is my most recent pen. I started out wanting to buy fountain pens to write with, but now I only like to collect them for their beauty. My first Maki-e was a vintage Pilot Hira Maki-e Phoenix from 1979, mint in box with original Pilot Pen Kimono & even Hakuro "Snow Wolf" written on it, I've never seen anything like it. After that, I knew I was hooked. I really liked the Lamy 2000 as a writing pen & the Waterman Caréne was really good value & just as nice to write with. But if you look closer using sunlight, you might just find out why a pen isn't a tool, it's a jewel. Before I bought this pen, I purchased a Namiki Nippon Art from a member, that's why I'm a member. I wanted to get a Namiki here in Europe, but they're even harder to get than Pilot. As I said, it's a jewel, not a tool. Because a Pilot Custom 742 is a very good pen. But of course, there are many things that are different. Even though the nib, barrel & cap are interchangeable. Just tapping the barrel of the Namiki gives a different sound than tapping the barrel of the Pilot. This Togidashi "Burnished" must be the the blackest, most shiney pen I own. I used to think that the Waterman Caréne was black & shiney before I compaired it with my Namiki & Vintage Pilot Maki-e in the sunlight. I could see "purple snow" in the Waterman Caréne & the lacquer offered zero protection against gentle use. What really got me satisfied about this pen is that I could actually see the gold flakes with my naked eyes & the blackness of the Togidashi really shows through. Also the transition from barrel to plastic black nib is acceptable. There are many pens that have an "ugly" transition (but that's just my POV). There's something "furry" on the inside of the barrel. If I remember correct, it was to prevent scratches when posting the pen (I never post Urushi). But might also prevent scratches when removing and attaching the cap. My Waterman Caréne has more scratches on the platic feed than on the barrel & I post my Waterman Caréne. EDIT: [My attachment was too big, so I used one from the Namiki, because it also has that "furry" stuff.] But it can get attached to ink or water. I though that there was brassing, but it was just that "furry" stuff. If it writes well or not, I don't care. If I did, I'd get a Custom 742. To me it's about the pen, box, ink, papers & even the Art Craft clip sticker. But I'll take it out of the plastic bag, because that's why I bought it. I got this pen for $280 at an auction, but usually I see them for $550. So why don't I just get a Pilot 742 for $180 or less & stick a $5 makie sticker on it? For the same reason that I open them, look at them, but don't use them. I want to savor every pen, because the prices go up exponentially with maki-e & I want to understand why. It's not a show pen for me, it's a curiosity. Organic carrots that look bigger than my organic garden doesn't make sense to me, neither does cheap honey that tastes sweeter than expensive honey & the list goes on. But so far with pens it's been less disappointing.
  9. Sakura FP Gallery

    Sailor Limited Edition "kawasemi"

    Kawasemi, Kingfisher. A small bird, hardly 18 cm long with remarkable electric blue feathers and bright orange belly and legs. They prefer ponds or lakes or slow flowing waters where they hunt their prey, sitting on a branch and diving into the water. All stickelbacks are warned … The Sailor “Taki-no-Kawasemi” is the second Limited Edition out of four in the series “Waterfall and Nature” crafted by Kaga Maki-e artist Ikki Moroike. Only 28 pcs for the world and available from June 2017. Reservation is required ... http://www.sakurafountainpengallery.com/en/fpngallery/gallery-detail/taki-no-kawasemi-kingfisher-sailor-limited-edition Sincerely, Catherine
  10. jmccarty3

    Dragonfly 149

    Ran across this photo on pinterest. There was no accompanying information about the pen. Surely someone here is familiar with it. In addition to the decoration, it has a beautiful 14C nib. http://i.imgur.com/IogvRNs.jpg
  11. I have three entry level maki-e pens for sale, two from Pilot/Namiki and one from Sailor. As with almost all my sales, shipping in the US is included and International Shipping would be at actual cost. The first is a Pilot Nippon Art pen from 1995 with a find 14K nib. Price is $225.00 http://www.fototime.com/3E00D9252C32565/medium800.jpg http://www.fototime.com/8F594C651109E42/medium800.jpg http://www.fototime.com/B30E8C568C9FB97/medium800.jpg http://www.fototime.com/ABF71DC69AB8533/large.jpg Next is a newer Namiki branded Nippon Art Dragon Descending from the Clouds. Price is $325.00 http://www.fototime.com/630931CC5466DD3/medium800.jpg http://www.fototime.com/AF8AFDDF72C1AC4/medium800.jpg http://www.fototime.com/6A01C395F2A7EF5/medium800.jpg http://www.fototime.com/BB53E53520EE7B5/medium800.jpg Finally there is the Sailor 1911L based Oshidori. Price is $325.00 http://www.fototime.com/21F4E95A7AFF1ED/medium800.jpg http://www.fototime.com/9724999053CA769/medium800.jpg http://www.fototime.com/769080FF24E3F0C/medium800.jpg http://www.fototime.com/60BA18452F3E2C0/medium800.jpg As always the first "I'll take it" has dibs on the pen.
  12. Hello Pelikan lovers, we are glad to introduce this years Pelikan Maki-e fountain pen! Symbolizing spring and autumn we find a cherry blossom and maple carefully drawn on the fountain pen's cap and body. Three traditional Japanese designs are represented on the cap: A flow of water on the green zone, a leaf of hemp on the brown area and finally a golden stripe. All of them are created using many small pieces gold leaf. The fountain pen's body features additional artistic designs, as well as small pieces of blue shell to create the beautiful Raden area. A infinite pattern of stripes is drawn on the violet zone entailing eternal love. The Harikiri technique, known for being one of Makie-e's most difficult techniques is also used on the silver area giving a dramatic and beautiful touch to this masterpiece. This Limited Edition combines Pelikan's German heritage, technology and hand craftsmanship with Japanese Maki-e techniques. The crown features Pelikan's iconic logo, the Limited Edition number and the artists' signature have been drawn by hand in each fountain pen using Maki-e. Each fountain pen has a bicolored 18K gold nib and comes in a traditional Japanese wooden box made with paulownia wood. This edition is limited to 111 pieces in the world, and we will have the pleasure to have one of them. Get a sneak peak at this beautiful masterpiece below!
  13. Sakura FP Gallery

    Sailor King Lion - Limited Edition

    By March 2017 Sailor will release a Limited Edition the "King Lion" with a Nagahara Cross Point nib. Only 28 pcs are available worldwide. Perhaps you are interested in this LE. Please check with us for the available numbers. Specialty nibs are becoming rare these days. King Cobra and King Eagle nibs can not be ordered anymore. For a Cross Point production time is over a year. http://www.sakurafountainpengallery.com/en/fpngallery/gallery-detail/king-lion-sailor Catherine
  14. Sakura FP Gallery

    Sailor "king Lion" - New Limited Edition

    By March 2017 Sailor will release a new Limited Edition "King Lion", limited to 28 pens worldwide with a Nagahara Cross Point nib. Sailor specialty nibs are becoming pretty rare. Ordering King Eagle and King Cobra nibs are about out of the question. The Cross Point is also becoming very difficult. We offer you the opportunity to order your King Lion now. http://www.sakurafountainpengallery.com/en/fpngallery/gallery-detail/king-lion-sailor Catherine
  15. Sakura FP Gallery

    Sailor Le "koi-No-Takinobori"

    I wanted to share with you the Sailor LE "Koi-no-Takinobori". It has only been released in Europe. It is the first pen in a series of four, limited to 28 pcs each worldwide. The theme is "Waterfalls and Nature". Launched in september only a few pcs are left. The #3 is the last one available for 2016 in the SFPG. A few more are to be expected in 2017. Pictures never do justice to a maki-e. This pen is beautiful and shiny in silver and gold on a black background. On the cap the waterfall is "splashing" down in a dynamic way. The Koi reaching to the top stands out in a raised reliëf. On the body you discover a Koi in a "see through" way under the water. The flowers painted on this pen are three of the seven autumn flowers famous in Japan : hagi, omiaeshi and kikyo. Beautiful work of art. http://www.sakurafountainpengallery.com/en/boutique/detail/quot-koi-no-takinobori-quot-limited-edition-sailor It is a clipless KOP and comes in a wooden box. The Artist is Ikki Moroiki. Catherine
  16. The 2016 new Namiki Emperor Maki-e Maneki-Neko is now available! The Limited Edition is decorated by Masaru Hayashi, a Japanese artisan, using the Maki-e technique. On the decorations we can find a Maneki-neko, a dressed cat with a lifted paw which symbolizes fortune, good luck and is used as a talisman to keep houses safe. This symbol is created using the Taka Maki-e technique. The fountain pen also features other symbols such as a Senryo-bako, which was used for many years to store gold coins, a mallet of luck and a pine, bamboo and plum tree. All of these figures which adorn the cat's background are created using the Togidashi Maki-e technique. A finish in golden lavish gives the final touch to this amazing masterpiece. With only 99 pieces worldwide, this fountain pen has a 18K solid gold nib available in F, M and B nibs. The fountain pen comes in a Limited Edition packaging replicating the original Senryo-nako. This gift box includes a Limited Edition numbered plate, shaped as one of the golden coins drawn on the fountain pen and a Oh-iri-bukuro with a five-yen coin. Lastly, the trees which were drawn on the fountain pen's body are also featured in the ink bottle's cap. Be the first to order your fountain pen by sending an email to info@iguanasell.com Enjoy some pictures of this masterpiece below!
  17. PenBoutique

    Pelikan - Maki-E Spring & Autumn!

    http://i.imgur.com/frCp8fp.jpg Contact us at Support@penboutique.com or 1800-263-2736 Pre orders are being taking!
  18. Having started to become interested in the Pelikan maki-e limited editions, I recently became aware of the Pelikan Four Seasons set of four M1000-sized pens released in 2000. As it was the very first Pelikan maki-e release and limited to 20 units for each of the pens in the set, I imagine that coming across a pen from the set—not to mention a complete set—is extremely rare (and apparently the full set came with a special box to hold all four pens). I wouldn't be surprised if the Four Seasons pens are among the most valuable modern Pelikans. I was just wondering if anyone had any additional information on the Four Seasons set or perhaps even owned one or more of the pens in the set. All I can find are occasional references here and there and an old listing on Airline International.
  19. zaddick

    The Art Of Chinkin

    Chinkin is a technique where a special set of very fine chisels are used to carve a pattern or design into layers or urushi (lacquer). The indentations are then rubbed with sticky urushi and gold powder or foils are placed over it to fill in the marks made by the chisels. Sometimes colored urushi powders might be used instead of gold. Once they are applied the pen is often cleaned by a Japanese paper called washi. Traditionally much of this art originated in Waijima starting around the 13th century, but today it is produced in many Japanese prefectures and even other countries like China. As this is a carving technique at its heart, there is little room for error so quality work often takes many focused hours to complete. Doing some research, I came across the Danitrio website that lists 5 chinkin techniques: 1. Ten-bori (carving by point): The size of points could be as small as only 0.1mm, and it is the only way to make the surface for the design by chiseling points one by one. 2. Ten-bori no Bokashi (Gradation of point carving): Reducing the chisel points and changing the space between the points to make the design with gradation. 3. Ten-bori no Henka (Variation of point carving): To push (Tsuki-nomi) or draw (Hiki-nomi) the chisel from a point to carve various short lines in a small space. 4. Suji-bori (Line carving): Short or long, straight or curved lines can be carved by skillful craftsmen. 5. Katagiri-bori (Carving sharp curved or angle lines): Use a special chisel to carve strong contrasting lines. I find any of these techniques can yield some very stunning results. I would like for anyone with pens decorated with the chinkin to post some photos in this thread and share any thoughts on the art form – whether you like it or not. If you can add more nuances to the history of the art, please do so and we can make this thread into a learning opportunity.
  20. My Platinum Maki-e pen has Cranes over Mt Fuji done in Maki-e. It has an 18k fine nib and is not only a head turner but a conversation starter too. The fine nib is a delight to write with as is the golden trim on black... It came with a convertor filler of excellent quality and the nib is smooth with a medium wet flow. The trim, the construction, the design and the Maki-e are so top quality that it is value for money. I would give this pen 23/25...
  21. Good day FPN friends! Its been some time since I’ve posted here but perhaps some of you may have read my reviews of Japanese pens in the past. My name is Nicholas and I write at www.inkypassion.com. I’m thankful that my site has given me the opportunity to meet many enthusiasts and enjoy unique pens. Many of you know that I have always had an interest in Japanese pens, and Maki-e was a natural progression – I trimmed my collection of over 40 pens to move to Maki-e because I really appreciate the fine artistry and craftsmanship. You can read some of my pen reviews on my site too! I have been photographing some pens from AP Limited Editions and I thought that I would share some pictures for your viewing pleasure. Anyway, AP was founded in 2006 by Andy and Smita Poddar. The brand produces Maki-e and Russian Lacquer art pens and has four collections which cater to different audiences – they include the Connoisseur (US$9000+), Writer (US$3600 – US$8500), Zodiac (US$2400) and Apprentice (US$800+). http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/nicholasyzh/Zodiac%20R.jpg Recently launched was the Great American Bald Eagle Commemorative Edition, which commemorates the 10th Anniversary of the brand’s founding. The Maki-e version retailed at US$9500 (and it is sold out), but a Russian Lacquer version is available for US$4950. I am enamoured by one Connoisseur masterpiece - the Tree of Life, by artisan Kosetsu. The nine-piece Limited Edition shows how the brand has pushed boundaries (as compared to the traditional brands) and explored different cultural themes from across the globe. That said, not all pens from AP are like the Connoisseur – there are other collections at a more accessible price point. Pens I photographed in the Writer Series included the Chrysanthemum Crest, which features floral reliefs contrasted by gold flakes sprinkled onto lacquer, as well as the Hanakotoba, which is completely covered with delicate flowers. http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/nicholasyzh/Writer%20Compilation.jpg The Writer Series will appeal to many people because of the abstract designs offered. My personal favourite is probably the Boy with the Ox - a depiction of Japanese Zen philosophy, it espouses control of one’s consciousness as the greatest form of mastery. It is fascinating that each pen is not merely aesthetically pleasing but also tells a story and pens like these inspire me each day to strive to high ideals. To cater to a wider audience, AP has launched the Apprentice Series, which the company says will soon be available online at wholesale pricing. These include Urushi models in plain solid colours and Tamenuri, which are perfect for those who wish to own a value-for-money daily writer. http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/nicholasyzh/Apprentice%20Urushi%20Compilation.jpg In case you’re wondering about writing performance, AP feeds are ebonite and their nibs are manufactured by bock. My personal experience is that the nibs are slightly springy, which makes for comfortable writing. The company says they will offer Soft nibs in future and I am excited at the prospect of a wider nib selection. The pens are filled by international converter. I hope that my post has been informative and you enjoyed looking at some of my photos of these pens - I'm not part of the company (I just do freelance photography occasionally), so if you are interested you can look them up on the web. If you have any tips on photographing maki-e pens, I would really appreciate it as well! Good day! Nicholas
  22. Hi!! I'm new to this forum and this is my first post. If I make any mistakes, please forgive me. Hehe I just would like to know whether or not the Maiko version of the Sailor's Maki-E series is hand-painted or not. The seller in my country said that it was hand-painted and took a long time from start to finish, and that's why the price is higher than other model; the price is even higher than the professional and 1911 models. Is it worth the money? I like the design very much and I think it has value to it. I would like to purchase this as a gift to my love one, but I have to make sure first that it has the value it's worth. Thank you very much.
  23. Sakura FP Gallery

    Nakaya Karasu

    Hello to you all, Received some new Nakaya pens and the 'Karasu' is one of them. Yakoh-maki-e on a red tamenuri layer. The pen is a portable cigar. http://www.sakurafountainpengallery.com/en/fpngallery/nakaya-japanse-maki-e
  24. For all collectors who love Maki-e pens, the SFPG offers the AP limited edition "The Prayer Wheel". The Prayer Wheel fountain pen was fashioned with consummate artistry and accuracy by the master Maki-e shi artist Kosetsu. The simple yet stunning design features a combination of colours: mainly black with red, white and blue accents. However, in spite of its deceptively simple design there is nothing rudimentary about this exquisite yet practical work of art. You are welcome to check out the complete review on the website : http://www.sakurafountainpengallery.com/en/fpngallery/ap-limited-edition-the-art-of-maki-e Enjoy, Catherine attachment=355529:AP-prayerwheel-soft11.png]
  25. Someone is selling this beautiful limited edition pen on eBay for US $178,888.00 In 2010 one was sold by Bonhams for US$ 13,420 inc. premium. Does anyone think they will actually find someone who will overpay this pen for 160.000 dollars? If the answer is yes and there really are idiots like that around I may just take a punt and put one of my P51 on eBay for $4,888.00. I am interested in what you think.

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