Namiki by Pilot Yukari Milky Way Fountain Pen
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Paying homage to spiral galaxies, Namiki translates the Milky Way onto the fountain pen using the Fuse-zai-shiki in Togidashi (burnished) Maki-e technique.
The Milky Way, home to planet Earth, had its name “milky” derived from its appearance as seen from Earth as a band due to its disk-shaped structure, bulging center and surrounding spiral arms.
In Japan, Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival, is a popular festival that celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. According to a Chinese legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers and they are only allowed to meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar as seven was regarded to be a lucky number.
People celebrate this day by writing their wishes on small strips of paper, called tanzaku, and hanging them on bamboo trees along with other decorations, praying for their wishes to come true. Originating from China, the festival found its way to Japan during the feudal period and merged with local customs, making Tanabata a festival widely-celebrated across Japan.
Namiki Maki-e fountain pens encompass the ultimate fusion
of skill and spirit inherited from their predecessors, and also the roots of PILOT.
Over many years to the present day, they are one of the top brands in Maki-e fountain pens conveying Japanese traditional culture.
Lacquering, drawing, sprinkling and polishing. In order to bring out a beautiful, fine Maki-e, these 4 processes are repeated many times over. More than 3 months are required until completion, with some Maki-e fountain pens being completed after going through the process as much as 130 times.
This pen employs a cartridge/convertor filling system. It house an 18k gold nib.