The Platinum Izumo Yokoajiro Torafudake, is woven in a traditional "yokoajiro" pattern. The bamboo has a natural mottled pattern and is finished with an Urushi top layer to preserve its aesthetic appeal. The down side of the body is threated so the cap can be posted in a nice way. This pen has an 18 kt gold nib and can be used with ink cartridges or a converter.
The Platinum Yokoajiro Torafudake fountain pen features the natural spots characteristic of torafudake (tiger bamboo). The peculiar design of torafudake bamboo is produced by bacteria called torafukin. The mottled pattern of this type of bamboo has been very popular since the Edo period.
Bamboo weaving is an ancient craft that is intimately tied up with Japanese life and tradition. Platinum is launching a series of fountain pens with a bamboo casing designed according to the traditional bamboo weaving technique, an artform that is intensive and time-consuming. The bamboo is selected, boiled, split and lastly scraped to form wafer-thin strips. The Izumo requires 36 strips measuring 0.2 mm in thickness by 2 mm in width. No industrial tools are used in this delicate process. The craftsman uses only a special paring knife and a scraper.