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Last year July, I received an email from Hakase that sandalwood pen model 52230 had been shipped. The significant day is 14 July 2012. As you know, Hakase pens are not to be bought from stock, but made to order. I ordered this particular pen on 14 October 2010. Almost a two year wait before the pen was delivered, so perhaps it is not too bad to have one year after delivery a review.... It is one of the 50 pieces produced.

 

 

Mysore Sandalwood

 

I go regularly to Chennai, so I am familiar with sandalwood. Sandalwood is rather expensive wood, and harvesting sandalwood is heavily regulated by the Indian government. Because this pen has two elements that are important to me: India, and the quality of Japanese pens, I decided to order this pen. This pen is made from a log of sandalwood of 1965. By the way, should anyone be able to visit Mysore (and the palace of Maharadja), I would recommend doing so. To the south of Mysore, are the former hunting lodges of the Maharadja, currently available for tourists. This is one of the few places where one can see a tiger.

 

http://www.rhkoning.com/penpics/hakase/52230/kabini-tiger.jpg

 

Anyway, the material is sandalwood, a beautiful, light wood.

 

 

The pen

 

The pen was delivered in a box, well wrapped, with a leaflet describing the wood. All my (four by now) Hakase pens have been sent in a little wooden box, wrapped in soft paper. All pens come with a Pilot con 70 convertor, a pleasure to use.

 

http://www.rhkoning.com/penpics/hakase/52230/hakase52230-in-box-at1000.jpg

 

The description has information about the material of the pen. In the box was also a small pouch with sandalwood residu.

 

http://www.rhkoning.com/penpics/hakase/52230/hakase52230-description-at1000.jpg

 

 

One option with Hakase pens is to have the date engraved in the barrel of the pen. I have done so, the first pen had a date in number of years of the reigning Japanese emperor, the last three have the date as in the 'usual' calendar. The date on this pen is 20 July 2012. That is later than the actual date of delivery. It is my impression that Hakase plans production by month, and this pen is from July 2012, so the final date is the 20th. Production dates on other pens are 20 June 2011 (model 01014) and 20 April 2009 (model 29018).

 

http://www.rhkoning.com/penpics/hakase/52230/hakase52230-date-at1000.jpg

 

The pen has a regular torpedo shape, with a clip and ring at the end of the cap. The gold furniture is 14k gold, not gold plated, and is hammered gold.

 

http://www.rhkoning.com/penpics/hakase/52230/hakase52230-closed-at1000.jpg

 

 

Opening the pen, one sees a darker section, this is ebonite. The nib is the size of a Pilot #15 nib (as found in Pilot Cutsom 823 and Pilot Custom 845). The pen is ground by Hakase, this one has a fine nib, and it writes as in a dream. The nib has no flex, so it has a consistent line.

 

http://www.rhkoning.com/penpics/hakase/52230/hakase52230-section-at1000.jpg

 

Evaluation

 

I have had this pen for a year by now. Do I like this pen? Let me say that this pen has gone with me every day for one year, it has been inked all the time. Mostly with Sailor Grenade or Pilot Iroshizuku Asa Gao. It lies a wet line and is so comfortable to use. The pen does not look very pretentious, but sandalwood and 14k golden trim is not standard. I love this pen, a highlight in my collection. Ruud

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Very handsome pen, Ruud....thanks for sharing it with us!

 

Love the elegant simplicity about it.....

 

And like the simple, not oversized box too....

 

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Beautiful pen! Thanks for sharing. The enclosed description says that the sandalwood used for the pen has a urushi finish - how do Hakase's urushi finishes compare to that of, let's say, Namiki?

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Beautiful pen! Thanks for sharing. The enclosed description says that the sandalwood used for the pen has a urushi finish - how do Hakase's urushi finishes compare to that of, let's say, Namiki?

 

The surface is covered with translucent urushi, and very smooth. The base is different, and in fact, this covering should show the wood. It is high quality lacquer. Ruud

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Stunning. I'm so glad you shared its beauty with us.

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Wow, just wow! Mongrelnomad and you have created a tipping point beyond which the weak of will (such as me) have no choice but to give in to the lure of Hakase pens!

 

Quick question. This Hakase page in google translate (http://fp-hakase.com/products/rosewood/) seems to treat rosewood and sandalwood interchangeably (List of products of this red sandalwood rose wood). Is it the case that these pens can be ordered in rosewood or sandalwood? Or has google translate messed things up? Thanks...

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Wow, just wow! Mongrelnomad and you have created a tipping point beyond which the weak of will (such as me) have no choice but to give in to the lure of Hakase pens!

 

Quick question. This Hakase page in google translate (http://fp-hakase.com/products/rosewood/) seems to treat rosewood and sandalwood interchangeably (List of products of this red sandalwood rose wood). Is it the case that these pens can be ordered in rosewood or sandalwood? Or has google translate messed things up? Thanks...

 

The pens on that page look rosewood to me: sandalwood is much lighter. According to mr Yamamoto, sandalwood is sold out. a lighter alternative to rosewood is available: queens bar wood. This is lacquered with translucent urushi as well. Ruud

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This is a very beautiful pen, indeed! :thumbup: I liked your review very much for its objectivity.

I wanted to ask you about the hue of the sandalwood: in your photo where you show the production date the sandalwood appears much lighter than in the next photograph, in which the sandalwood appears much darker. Is it the light? Which photo depicts the color of the sandalwood in daylight conditions?

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This is a very beautiful pen, indeed! :thumbup: I liked your review very much for its objectivity.

I wanted to ask you about the hue of the sandalwood: in your photo where you show the production date the sandalwood appears much lighter than in the next photograph, in which the sandalwood appears much darker. Is it the light? Which photo depicts the color of the sandalwood in daylight conditions?

 

I am sorry about the quality of the pictures. The picture with the date depicts the color in daylight best. The other ons were taken in a light tent. Ruud

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Gee, how did I miss this thread?

 

Beautiful pen -- the sandalwood is gorgeous.

 

Oh, Hakase... still dreaming...

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Ruud, i totally missed your review. Elegant, subtle and beautiful!! Congratulation and enjoy it in good health.

 

Greetings from Shanghai,

 

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