Danitrio Byakudan-nuri with design of Dragon on Grand Trio in Red Background
During the peaceful Tokugawa Era (1603-1868) Samurai had too much leisure time to spend, and would create designs by Urushi paintings on their scabbards. The paintings in various free patterns on scabbards were called Saya-nuri, and we call it Kawari-nuri today. There are almost unlimited ways to paint on the scabbards and we use such free pattern paintings on pens also, while they are not the authentic methods of Maki-e. We can categorize Kawari-nuri by different materials and techniques they use.
Byakudan-nuri is the style of sprinkling Kin-Dei (gold powders mixed with glue) or Gin-Dei (Silver powders mixed with glue), gold or silver foils all over the surface of the pen and applying a final coat with clear Urushi to finish. While more subtle then other styles of Danitrio pens, it is equally as special.
Danitrio makes remarkable hand painted pens using the Japanese skill and craftsmanship. The amount of details on the pen is remarkable. The little details may easily be overlooked. One thing to consider is how the artist uses difference sizes of gold flake to create the desired effect. This pen takes many months to finish.
The pen fills via cartridge convertor and features an 18kt gold nib.
MSRP of $1800