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Sailor Wajima Bijou Sapphire Limited Edition Fountain Pen 21K
Sailor Wajima Bijou Sapphire Limited Edition Fountain Pen 21K, a new Wajima lacquerware Maki-e masterpiece! Japan has wonderful traditional crafts all over the country. Among these, the technique of applying urushi lacquer on lacquerware is found throughout Japan. Wajima lacquerware is produced in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, and its history is said to date back to the Heian period (794 – 1192). One of the techniques of Wajima lacquerware is the uwanuri using the highest quality lacquer, with chinkin gold-inlaid lacquerware and maki-e gold lacquer techniques used for decorations. The uwanuri technique and maki-e gold lacquer technique were used to create this fountain pen which expresses the beauty of gemstones. This is the Wajima Bijou. The border, cap top and barrel end of the main body are finished with lacquer and mother-of-pearl in colours reminiscent of gemstones. This fountain pen, born from the careful work of Wajima Maki-e lacquerware craftsmen, is itself a coveted piece of art deserving of the name Bijou.
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About Sailor Pen Japan
Sailor Pen Japan was founded in 1911 by Kyugoro Sakata, an engineer from the historic naval port of Hiroshima in Japan, who was introduced to a Fountain Pen brought from England by a sailor friend. He was determined to produce a finely crafted Japanese writing instrument with the highest specification and writing experience.
The company was named Sailor Pen with the aspiration of expanding this homegrown name, Sailor Pen, internationally like the voyages of a Sailor.
Sailor Pen became the first company to produce Fountain Pens for the domestic Japanese market and it is credited to be one of the oldest established pen companies in Japan. Sailor Pen has continued to maintain its heritage of quality and technical excellence over more than a 100 years since then.
Today, Sailor Pens are remembered by any avid fountain pen users as the gold standard in Japanese fountain pen nib making from its late nib artisan, Nagahara Nobuyoshi 長原宣義. Many nib designs by Sailor Pen are hotly sought after by collectors for its extraordinary writing ability like the Sailor Concorde nib which allows one to write in both fine nib and brush strokes font style on just one fountain pen nib by turning it upside down.
Sailor Pen is also well known for making Japanese makie fountain pens which are usually made by master Japanese artisans in Kaga 加賀 makie style. Notable Sailor Limited Edition fountain pens made to commemorate its 100th Anniversary in Arita, Sailor Limited Edition Noto Nogoro Fountain pens and Nagahara Nobuyoshi’s Retirement Pens are just some of the many popular fountain pens made by the Japanese pen manufacturer based in Hiroshima.