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Sailor Long Profit Kiyoteru With Choshitsu Maki-E



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This is an old pen from the 1990's that is new to me. Condition is outstanding. The workmanship is really beyond. This is a Sailor Long Profit model, likely from the Koshyu Shitsugei series. It is called the 清照 - "Kiyoteru" or "Seiteru". The totally amazing maki-e work was evidently done by Otomaru Koda, the inventor of the choshitsu engraved lacquer technique used on the pen, and a National Treasure. The urushi is composed of many thick layers that is carved down to reveal concentric multi-colored layers. The carving is deep, it can be seen and felt. It is beautiful to say the least. The pen next to the Sailor is a Wancher Dream Pen in midori urushi.

 

49931500648_494c137426_k.jpgIMG_5022 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

49932011161_0b5988868c_k.jpgIMG_5023 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

49932322142_d7c82f4885_h.jpgIMG_5026 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

 

 

Also pictured is my Danitrio with kamakura-bori carving. Compared to the Sailor the carving on the Danitrio is simple.

 

49932011071_2243a3b038_k.jpgIMG_5025 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

49931500458_3b66cad96a_h.jpgIMG_5024 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

 

 

The nib was made by Nagahara Sr. It is his invention, the naginata-togi with emperor overfeed. The nib is perfect, sublime. Perfect writing with typical feedback.

 

49939730921_d7ee86ec23_h.jpgIMG_5036 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

 

Packaging is a Paulowina wood box typical of Japanese craft items.

 

49937684093_2f23950f09_k.jpgIMG_5031 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

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Lovely pen. This extended 1911 used for all the Nagahara pens is a real favorite of mine. It was available in numerous styles and finishes. So much more comfortable for me to use than the 1911L. Enjoy it!

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Lovely pen. This extended 1911 used for all the Nagahara pens is a real favorite of mine. It was available in numerous styles and finishes. So much more comfortable for me to use than the 1911L. Enjoy it!

Thanks, yeah, I too really like the shape of this pen. Deceptively large and the cap posts safely, safe for the urushi that is. This pen is actually a better writer posted. I'd wager a big bet the nib was tuned with the cap posted.

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As an admirer of Sailor pens, this resonates with me. Wonderful pen, congrats! What is that little chrome-coloured protrusion (or hole) in the middle of the four ovoids...?

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As an admirer of Sailor pens, this resonates with me. Wonderful pen, congrats! What is that little chrome-coloured protrusion (or hole) in the middle of the four ovoids...?

Good eye. Those seem to be little metal spheres or the tips of a pin imbedded in the pen. I believe they are intended to be roll stoppers but I'm not 100% sure.

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For those interested in the different carving techniques kamakura-bori sculpts out lacquer and base material (ebonite in the Danitrio above) whereas choshitsu carves only urushi. There are more layers of urushi in the choshitsu technique. Clever planning and patience is required to reveal the desired patterns in choshitsu and the designs can become quite involved.

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Amazing. Im really upset I didnt buy one of these when they were sitting, unloved, in the cabinets of my local bricks-and-mortar - many with Nagahara nibs!

 

Oh well... hindsight is 20-20.

Too many pens; too little writing.

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