Nakaya Dorsal Fin I Ishime Kanshitsu.

Written by Catherine on Wednesday 27 May 2020 in Japanese pens

Dorsal Fin pens are pretty impressive but with an ishime finish, they become really special. Ishime imitiates a sand or stone structure and it can be realized by particulated materials. By chosing Kanshitsu technique, dry lacquer powder is used to create the stony surface. 


Namiki Limited Edition Yukari 'Daruma'

Written by Catherine on Thursday 12 March 2020 in Japanese pens

The Japanese doll Daruma is inspired by the monk Bodhidarma, the founder of Zen Buddhism. According to the legend, he spent nine years meditating in front of a wall, which cost him his eyelids and limbs.

Today Daruma is a familiar good luck charm for those who wish to succeed, and each color represents a particular field. This Namiki Yukari Daruma is delivered in a beautiful box with a leather pen pouch, convertor, and certificate. Only 300 pieces for the world! Expected end of March!



Nakaya shu-nurippanashi.

Written by Catherine on Saturday 29 February 2020 in Japanese pens

One of the revelations at the Nakaya event last year was the finish Shu-nurippanashi. (recently the term nurippanashi was altered into nurihanashi)

Shu Nurippanashi is built on a black urushi middle layer, on which only two top layers of red coatings are painted. The black color influences the red color towards a darker red. Actually, the back layer is slightly visible through the red layer. At the edges, top, and end parts the black urushi is more visible. It creates a finish that resembles Negoro-Nuri lacquerware.  The red urushi has been mixed with a bit of oil to bring out the natural luster of urushi. It can not be polished (Nurippanashi), and so it gets its subtle satin finish.

Negoro Nuri is a lacquer technique from the 14th century: black lacquer over red or vice versa. Artifacts made from this technique are highly coveted amongst collectors. With use over time, the red or black topcoat will wear slightly, revealing some parts of the underlying base creating a genuine ‘Wabi-Sabi’ product, unique to the user. If this will happen with your pen? I’m not sure but it makes the shu-nurippanashi finish definitely special.


Sailor KOP Limited Edition Tamenuri Midoridame!

Written by Catherine on Friday 28 February 2020 in Japanese pens

The second limited edition Sailor KOP in a tamenuri version: The Midoridame. Despite what the leaflet says, Mr. Kousen Nishihara completed all 88 pens himself!




Sailor LE Samurai The Battle of Sekigahara

Written by Catherine on Wednesday 18 December 2019 in Japanese pens

The Battle of Sekigahara was probably the most famous decisive Samurai battle that led to the establishment of the Tokugawa shogunate.


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