Namiki Yukari Royal Chinkin Cat Fountain Pen
Cats holds a special relationship with Japan and its people. According to Japanese folklore, a cat once saved a feudal lord from being struck by lighting when it lured it with its tail - leading to the belief that cats possess protective powers. Regarded as a symbol of wealth and fertility, cats are highly treasured for preventing epidemics, getting rid of rats that transmit disease, and preying on mice that eat cereal crops. In this special edition of Namiki Yukari Royal Chinkin Cat Fountain Pen, Chinkin (Gold Inlay) technique with a special carving chisel, the surface of the pen is first coated with Ro-iro lacquer before inlaying the carved patterns with precious metal leaf and gold powder for a refined finish. Beautifully and softly depicted using Tenbori technique (Dot carving), the cat is seen sitting demurely with its eyes fixated on the foxtail grasses that is intricately carved out using Senbori technique (Linear carving) - displaying side while exuding a graceful poise and elegant demeanour. The highly-meticulous Chinkin technique is considered a leading Japanese traditional lacquer-ware technique only yielded by artisans of extensive ecperience with an immense strength of mind. Once embarked on its carving journey, it cannot be corrected even if an error is made thus leaving no room for mistakes. Fully handcrafted by Namiki Kokokai's artist Yasuji Sumi.
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Namiki is the surname of Ryosuke Namiki, the founder of the Pilot, named Namiki Manufacturing Company until 1938 when it became Pilot Pen Co., Ltd.. The brand name Namiki came to fame in the early 20th Century when Dunhill retailed in the west the Maki-e pens produced by Pilot under the brand Dunhill-Namiki. This partnership has continued to the present day (occasionally Namiki makes a Limited Edition for Dunhill) although Namiki has always been owned by Pilot.
The premium Namiki ranges include the Emperor Collection, Yukari Royal, and Yukari Collection, and this is the brand used by Pilot to sell their the high valued Maki-e pens worldwide.
Pillars of Namiki Pens
There are three main characteristic pillars of Namiki Pens.
The Ultimate Japanese Beauty
Namiki pen is the ultimate decorative beauty for a pen because Maki-e fountain pens use traditional Japanese lacquer work of "Maki-e". The tedious but meticulous fine designs by the craftsmen are the crystallization of aesthetic Japanese beauty.
Lacquer is Japan in every sense of its word. It is an excellent varnish which has been used in Japan since ancient times. Not only does lacquer or urushi in Japanese, possess strong and durable qualities, the more when one uses it, the more gracefully it fits into your hand while retaining its lustre charm.
Dedication To care For Fountain Pen
In Namiki, the pen points like the iridium tip, as well as the fountain pen nibs are all done within the company. Namiki spares no effort to ensure the quality, precision and detail in every process during the production of a Namiki Pen. Placing the writing touch and quality of the fountain pen is the strongest belief that sets Namiki pens apart from any other brands, be they Japanese or any other brands.