AGJ Original Maki-e Fountain Pen #23 "Grapes and Squirrel" Pilot Namiki Sparkling Togidashi Taka Maki-e Kyoto Japan Wa

AGJ Original Maki-e Fountain Pen #23 "Grapes and Squirrel" Pilot Namiki Sparkling Togidashi Taka Maki-e Kyoto Japan Wa

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maki-e fountain pen AGJ Authentic Goods from Japan
maki-e fountain pen AGJ Authentic Goods from Japan
maki-e fountain pen AGJ Authentic Goods from Japan
maki-e fountain pen AGJ Authentic Goods from Japan
maki-e fountain pen AGJ Authentic Goods from Japan
maki-e fountain pen AGJ Authentic Goods from Japan
maki-e fountain pen AGJ Authentic Goods from Japan
maki-e fountain pen AGJ Authentic Goods from Japan
maki-e fountain pen AGJ Authentic Goods from Japan
maki-e fountain pen AGJ Authentic Goods from Japan
maki-e fountain pen AGJ Authentic Goods from Japan
maki-e fountain pen AGJ Authentic Goods from Japan

This Authentic Goods from Japan's Original Maki-e Fountain pen is made by famous Kyoto Maki-e Artisan "Daikai".
This pen is only one in the world. You can not find it anywhere.
Kyoto Maki-e is the best known Maki-e technique in Japan.
This is original maki-e fountain pen based on Pilot's fountain pen.


[Description]

Name: Grapes and Squirrel #23
(Pilot Namiki Original)
Maki-e Artist: Daikai
Technique: Togidashi Taka Maki-e, Raden
Origin: Kyoto, Japan
Nib: 14K Gold
Nib size: Medium
Size: 15.7mm(Dia.) x 146mm
Shipping: FREE SHIPPING!
Others: With CON-70 converter
With the pen stand

Custom engraving service on AGJ's original Maki-e fountain pens is available for those who wish.
  1. The lead time: it takes 10-14 days on top (orders without this service will be usually dispatched in 3-5 days after confirming the payment).
  2. The cost: US$100.00.
  3. The letters of the name engraved will be engraved in gold just as the signature of the Makie artisans of Original fountain pens.
  4. Please send us the sample letters which you wish to engrave on the pen (there could be a case where we are unable to engrave the letters of your choice after consulting with the Makie artisans. Letters can be in Japanese Kanji, Katakana and Hiragana but if you choose Kanji, we will use phonetic symbols).
  5. Please indicate the exact position where you wish to have your name engraved (please understand that there could be a case where we may have to change the position of engraving after consulting with the Makie artisans).
*Please contact us should you have any queries regarding custom engraving service.


[Techniques used for Grapes and Squirrel]

Technique: Togidashi Taka Maki-e (Makie), Raden

Special feature: Gold on blue petals and red petals becomes more apparent as time goes by.

Production period: Takes 3 to 4 months to finish decorating one fountain pen. It takes at least one week to dry one layer.

    Gold leaves of grape:
  1. Apply Urushi lacquer on the whole body of the fountain pen. Let it dry and polish the surface to make it smooth
  2. Draw and paint the design, and then sprinkle silver powder on the polished surface
  3. Let it dry
  4. Apply thin layer of Urushi lacquer
  5. Polish the surface to make it smooth
  6. Raise thick layer of Urushi lacquer
  7. Let it dry
  8. Polish the surface to make it smooth
  9. Apply thick layer of Urushi lacquer again
  10. Polish the surface to make it smooth
  11. Make thin layer by Urushi lacquer
  12. Sprinkle gold powder
  13. Apply Urushi lacquer and harden the surface
  14. Let it dry
  15. Polish the surface to make it shiny
    Large leaves of grape:
  1. Coat Urushi lacquer on the whole body of the fountain pen. Let it dry and polish the surface to make it smooth and in a uniformly distributed stae.
  2. Draw and paint the design and sprinkle silver powder on the polished surface
  3. Let it dry
  4. Harden the surface with thin layer of Urushi lacquer
  5. Polish the surface to make it smooth
  6. Raise thick layer of Urushi lacquer
  7. Let it dry
  8. Polish the surface to make it smooth
  9. Make thick layer of Urushi lacquer again
  10. Polish the surface to make it smooth
  11. Coat with thin layer of Urushi lacquer
  12. Sprinkle Nashiji powder (rough-grained gold powder)
  13. Apply Nashiji lacquer (※1) for stability
    * Nashiji lacquer is the high transparent lacquer applied over Nashiji powder and Hirame powder for stability
  14. Let it dry
  15. Polish the surface with charcoal until the Nashiji powder shows on the surface
  16. Polish the surface to make it smooth
  17. Apply thin layer of lacquer
  18. Let it dry
  19. Polish the surface to make it shiny
    Fruit of grape:
  1. Coat Urushi lacquer on the whole body of the fountain pen. Let it dry and polish the surface to make it smooth and even
  2. Apply mother-of-pearl on the smoothed surface
    (The edges of the round cut mother-of-pearl are smoothed and apply Urushi lacquer on the back to glue it on the pen)
    Red fruit of grape:
  1. Paint Urushi lacquer on the whole body of the fountain pen. Let it dry and polish the surface to make it smooth and even.
  2. Apply colored Urushi lacquer 3 times on the smoothed surface
  3. Polish the surface
    Squirrel:
  1. Paint Urushi lacquer on the whole body of the fountain pen. Let it dry and polish the surface to make it even and smooth
  2. Draw and paint the design on the polished surface and sprinkle silver powder
  3. Let it dry
  4. Harden with thin layer of Urushi lacquer
  5. Polish the surface to make it smooth
  6. Raise thick layer of Urushi lacquer
  7. Let it dry
  8. Polish the surface to make it smooth
  9. Apply thick layer of Urushi lacquer again
  10. Polish the surface to make it smooth
  11. Raise thin layer of Urushi lacquer
  12. Sprinkle silver powder
  13. Raise Urushi lacquer
  14. Let it dry
  15. Polish the surface to make it shiny
About Togi-dashi Technique:
Togi-dashi means polishing the surface with charcoal or synthetic whetstone until gold shows on the surface.
When the rough gold powder is polished, the surface of gold reflects light irregularly. Then polish the surface with absorbent cotton impregnated with polishing paste made by mixing polishing powder and oil.


[DAIKAI's Career]

Year 1950Born in Kyoto
His father, uncle, grand father and grand-grand father were Urushi Lacquer masters too.
1969Another Urushi artist "Masakichi Shima" started teaching Daikai.
1976Daikai began succeeding to inherit the style of Kyo makie(Maki-e).
1985Won the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce Award at Kyoto Lacquerware exhibition.
1986Held Urushi Lacquer exhibition at Kyoto Takashimaya(the largest department store in Japan).
1990Exhibited at the Arts and Crafts in kyoto.
1991Became a technical lecturer for the artists at the traditional industry at Kyoto.
1994Opened his Kyoto Urushi lacquer school.
1995Invited to display his works at INFA 1995 in Hannover, Germany.
1997Won the award at the industrial techniques for the crafts in Kyoto.
1999Held the first Kyoto Urushi lacquer school’s exhibition at Ko-dai temple, Kyoto.
2001He has held the traditional crafts exhibition every year since 2001.
2008Held Amber Maki-e and Lacquer works exhibition at Sogo department store.
2009Held Kyoto Urushi Lacquer exhibition at Takashimaya in Namba, Osaka.

He lives in Kyoto now and teaches many Maki-e artisans Kyoto-Makie technique.