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I am making more and more urushi pens. I love it, so many techniques, so many looks and possibilities...


A friend of mine told me he thought a pen should be three things: sober, classy and black. I tried to go down this route with a timeless shape, some glossy jet black urushi and a sculpted Damascus clip:






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Let my now introduce Count Dracula's pen. I tried to make a contrast as strong as possible between the glossy red in relief and a black textured ground. A bloody pen!





I embedded some red Kyoto opal at each end:



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I go on exploring facets. This is an interpretation of a traditional Japanese style called Negoro, usually red on black. This one is black on red, then sanded to make the red reappear:




I added some fine red urushi powder near the threads to make it more vibrant:




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The last one is supposed to remind of tortoise shell, with silver flakes embedded in amber lacquer, looking like gold. This one comes with a roll stop, a pen rest, and a pen-looking miniature , in fact a cartridge box, in case of emergency...








For each of them, around two or three months work (turning, threading, shaping the clip if any, and lacquering: between 20 and 40 layers, innumerable sanding and polishing hours.




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I don't do urushi.  At all.  But I'd buy the Dracula pen before I'd buy one of those new Sailor KoP "wabi-sabi" ones.

I do really like the Damascus clip on the black pen, BTW....

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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