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I find many of the decorated pens too busy for my taste, but that one is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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That is Breathtaking! I have just started appreciating the Japanese pens, but I love the elegance.

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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. I took several photos of this pen, as it was very photogenic.
http://penhero.com/Temp/Yotsubishi_1280_06.jpg
This is a Yotsubishi Japanese eyedropper fountain pen with shut-off plunger, c1955. It is decorated with abalone strips using the raden technique, using inlays of shell to decorate objects. The base pen is coated with urushi lacquer and then decorated. It has a 14 karat gold nib. The Yotsubishi four diamond logo appears on the clip. Yotsubishi did not make hardware, so the clip and nib was jobbed out.
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Hi, Folks,

This is a Yotsubishi fountain pen decorated in a free pattern, or Kawari-nuri, to simulate sakura (cherry) bark c1955-1959.
http://penhero.com/Temp/Yotsubishi_1280_08.jpg
The cap, barrel and nib section are all urushi coated and then worked to the pattern shown. The pen has a squeeze filler, similar to a Parker 51 aerometric in operation.
Loaned by Stan Klemanowicz for photos.
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That is a wonderful pen...and a great photo.

Remember kids...always shop within your means.   

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Hi, Folks,

 

This is another shot of this gorgeous pen.

 

This is a Yotsubishi raden shell inlay on red urushi lacquer eyedropper fountain pen c. 1955. The pen was featured in the Winter 2006 Pennant article “Collecting Japanese Pens” by Stan Klemanowicz. According to the article, the pen was made by Yotsubishi (literally Yotu = Four, Bisi = Diamond), 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. The nib is made by Platinum and is stamped PLATINUM over 14K. GOLD over 30 YEAR over 3 over PEN. It’s an eyedropper with a shut off valve, operated by unscrewing the end of the barrel to open the valve.

 

http://www.penhero.com/Temp/Yotsubishi_2048_14.jpg

 

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I like that there is also a mon on the cap band, that's a subtle touch...

 

Is the shutoff shaft seal ink-worthy on this pen? If so, might I ask if it was restored to attain that result and who did the restoration work?

David-

 

So many restoration projects...

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I like that there is also a mon on the cap band, that's a subtle touch...

 

Is the shutoff shaft seal ink-worthy on this pen? If so, might I ask if it was restored to attain that result and who did the restoration work?

 

I don't recall if the pen was restored. It was loaned for photos.

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Beautiful pen. Wonder how much (if any) of that urushi look is due to age. I've always heard that it'll subtly change with use over time.

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