Namiki Nippon Art Fountain Pen - Wildflower Maki-e
Nib: 14k Medium
Condition: New old stock
1994 A black pen with painted wildflowers. The trim is gold coloured. Signed "Kokkokai",
Filling: Fitted with a Pilot button converter (CON-70). With nib submerged in ink, press the button on the end of the converter and let go. Wait 3 to 4 seconds and repeat about 4 times. The ink capacity is greater than a normal twist converter. It also takes Pilot cartridges.
The design incorporates two different Maki-e techniques, Togidashi-maki-e (burnished Maki-e) and Hira-maki-e (flat Maki-e). Togidashi-maki-e is a method in which gilded patterns are dried, recoated with urushi, and finally burnished to a high sheen using charcoal. This style of Maki-e dates to the 7th century. The Hira-maki-e method uses colored urushi lacquers combined with raw lacquer which is then coated with a sprinkling of gold powder.