Danitrio makes remarkable hand painted pens using the Japanese skill and craftsmanship. 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. Then followed by the interim paintings which is done by one or two layers preparing for finishing paintings.
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.
The style of this pen is called Ishimeji, which means that the surface looks like rocks by paintings with different sizes of Urushi powders.
Ishime Kinchi uses small size gold powders to thinly sprinkle onto the surface and in several minutes later sprinkle again with much more heavily to make surface rough. Or use smaller sizes of gold powders first to sprinkle over the surface, and then, use larger size to follow later to make the surface uneven like the surface of the stone called Ishimeji.
This pen is done on Hakkaku, which is a specific size and shape of pen. Hakkaku is basically a faceted pen with 8 sides. This pen is equipped with an 18kt gold nib and fills with a cartridge convertor. All the nibs are soft, with the exception of the Medium. Where there is a choice of Soft or Stiff.