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Hi, Folks!,

This is another shot not used in the Winter 2006 Pennant, "Collecting Japanese Pens" by Stan Klemanowicz.
http://penhero.com/Temp/Yotsubishi1280_01.jpg
According to the article, the pen was made by Yotsubishi (four diamonds), a company from Osaka that made decorated pens, but sourced nibs and hardware from other pen companies.
The four diamond logo can be seen on the top of the clip and on the cap band.
This pen is an c1955 example of raden shell inlay on a red urushi lacquer pen cap and barrel.
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Jim Mamoulides
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Amazing craftsmanship - thank you PenHero for sharing this (and your other) excellent photos :thumbup:

 

Is there any way a non subscriber can read Stan's article?

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Thanks for sharing Jim. Lovely pen, like the others you have been showing recently.

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Amazing craftsmanship - thank you PenHero for sharing this (and your other) excellent photos :thumbup:

 

Is there any way a non subscriber can read Stan's article?

 

Yes - Back issues can be seen here:

 

https://www.pencollectorsofamerica.com/component/docman/cat_view/78-pennant-archive?limitstart=0

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The four diamonds is the logo for Yotubisi, maker of the pens. Yotu = Four. Bisi = Diamond. Similar to Mitsubishi = Three Diamonds.

 

The name is not often found on the pens except for certain clips and some nibs. They are identified by the logo on the clip and cap bands. If you find any Yotubisi in the wild, grab them. But, be aware that, in the last year of production there were some typically Japanese style black pens of lower quality. Purchasing online, these models are hit-and-miss

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The oldest and largest buyer and seller of vintage Japanese pens in America.


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Hi, Folks!

 

This is a another Yotsubishi raden (using crushed abalone shell on the urushi coated lacquer cap and barrel) maki-e fountain pen c1955.

 

http://penhero.com/Temp/Yotsubishi1280_02.jpg

 

Note the Yotsubishi four diamond logo at the clip top.

 

This photo was taken but not used for the Winter 2006 Pennant article, “Collecting Japanese Pens,” by Stan Klemanowicz.

 

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Hi, Folks!

 

This is a Yotsubishi fountain pen decorated with brushed silver dust mixed with urushi and applied in a beautiful pattern on the cap and barrel. Note the four diamond symbol on the clip top.

 

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Japanese eyedropper filler with shut off plunger, c1955.

 

Photographed for Collecting Japanese Pens, by Stan Klemanowicz, for the Winter, 2006 Pennant magazine, but not used.

 

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Another lovely pen, never have gotten into the eye dropper pens, but they are very nice to look at.

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Hi, Folks!

Thought I would go back to Japan and revisit some pens I shot for the Winter 2006 Pennant.
http://penhero.com/Temp/YotsubishiFlute_1280_01.jpg
This is a Yotsubishi fountain pen carved as a Shakuhachi (Japanese flute) design in black, c1955. On other Yotsubishi pens, the four diamond logo can be seen on the clip top, but is missing in this case. This photo was taken, but not used for the article "Collecting Japanese Pens" in the Winter, 2006 Pennant.
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Hi, folks!

This is another unused photo from the article, Collecting Japanese Pens by Stan Klemanowicz in the Winter, 2006 Pennant.
http://penhero.com/Temp/Yotsubishi_1280_05.jpg
This is a Yotsubishi eyedropper fountain pen with shut-off plunger, decorated with cherry blossoms, c1957. It has a long tapered section with a small 14 karat gold nib, a similar design to late 1940s to early 1950s Waterman Taperite pens. You can see the spelling YOTUBISI on the face of the clip. The name means four diamonds, thus the logo. The base pen is coated with urushi lacquer and then decorated with cherry blossoms using the Kirikane technique, a Buddhist decorative art used on statues and paintings, where gold leaf is glued to the surface of the object. The pen would then be overcoated with clear urushi.
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