Danitrio Tame-Nuri Green on Junikaku Fountain Pen
This is a very large pen. Not a pen for someone who wants a “normal sized” pen. Even oversized pens cower in the presence of this beast. To give you an idea of the size. The nib on it is a #8 nib. Its an eyedropper filled pen as well. Probably can hold a full bottle of ink. 😉
The base for Urushi paintings must be smooth and strong in order to have a good Urushi painting, which will last thousands of years. When the base is ready for painting, the first painting uses Sabi, Urushi mixed with polishing powders, as its base painting and call it Shita-nuri, the base painting. Then, Naka-nuri, the interim painting with Urushi is preparing for better Uwa-nuri, the finishing part of painting. The color of the interim painting has to be selected according to the color of the finishing part of painting. All these works are usually done by Nu-shi, craftsmen of Urushi paintings, painting 7 times in average and it takes 2-3 weeks before the Nu-shi can send back the pens to our Maki-e sh, who will do more Urushi painting works or Maki-e onto the pens.
Good basic paintings start with base painting, which the craftsmen paint twice or three times with Urushi mixed with finishing powders to make the base hard and durable. This is then followed up by the interim paintings which is done by one or two layers in preparation for finishing the painting. For Tame-nuri, the interim painting is done with the color for the Tame-nuri, if a red color is the goal, the red Urushi is used for interim. The finishing paintings on Tame-nuri should use Suke-Urushi or translucent Urushi, which is the cleanest in ember color paint over the red Urushi and make the red Urushi as the bottom of pond. Tame-nuri means painting to look as a pond. So Midori-dame is Tame-nuri in Green and Ki-dame is Tame-nuri in yellow and so on.
1. 200 grams of extracted Urushi comes from a 10-12 year old Urushi tree. 200 grams is just enough to paint 10 of small soup bowls after the Urushi is refined, it can be used for more than 15 different kinds of Urushi for different usages.
2. For Tame-nuri, there are Base Paintings, Interim Paintings and Finish Paintings. One layer of painting has only about 0.03mm thick. And one layer of painting needs about 7 hours to dry depending on the weather humidity and temperature, etc. So, even the simple Tame-nuri paintings alone usually take 3 weeks by 2-3 nu-shi, (the painters). The Maki-e shi do this nuri by themselves.
3. After the basic paintings, their Maki-e works start from here with a lot of different works.
There is no 100% transparent Urushi. The clearest Urushi still has a light brown or amber color. The interesting thing with Tame-nuri is when the transparent Urushi is painted over the color Urushi, the color will change because this transparent Urushi is NOT 100% transparent like man-made “Urushi” which is 100% clear.
The translucent Urushi has to be made with Japanese Urushi, because Urushi from China or Vietnam are all black when they sap from the trees and they can never be refined to be Suke-Urushi to be used for the basic paintings.
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 Eyedropper and features an 18kt gold nib.
MSRP of $2000