Namiki by Pilot Yukari Royale Chinkin Cat Fountain Pen
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This Namiki Chinkin pen was created by a collaboration of maki-e artists (Kokkokai) in Japan. The pen matches the Yukari Royale size, has an 18k gold nib (#20 size), fills via Pilot/Namiki cartridge/converter (a CON-70 is included), and comes packaged in a velvet-lined wooden box.
In Japanese culture the cat is revered as a symbol of protection, wealth, and fertility, and here the feline takes center stage in this work of art. Utilizing the Chinkin technique, the artist carves the ultra-fine pattern of the cat and reeds with a sharp instrument. Gold powder is then inlaid to fill in the carvings, and Urushi lacquer is used to coat the masterpiece.This is an extremely time-intensive process, as the skilled Maki-e artist must use care when carving the fine, narrow lines of the design. The artist Yasuji Sumi-San has signed his name in gold kanji on the barrel of the pen, nestled inconspicuously amongst the motif.