AGJ Original Maki-e Fountain pen #45 "Butterfly" Sailor 21K nib Sparkling Togidashi Taka Maki-e Kyoto Japan Wa

AGJ Original Maki-e Fountain pen #45 "Butterfly" Sailor 21K nib Sparkling Togidashi Taka Maki-e Kyoto Japan Wa

Our Selling Price: US$2,500.00(tax excl.)

Item Description

This AGJ original Maki-e Fountain pen is made by famous Kyoto Maki-e Artisan "Daikai".
This design is an AGJ's original. You can not find anywhere else.
Kyoto Maki-e is the best known Maki-e technique in Japan.
This is original Maki-e fountain pen using Sailor 21K nib with 24k gold plating.

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Paint Purple Urushi and then Vermilion urushi applied on it.
Burnish(Togidashi) partially
Purple color emerges from the bottom at burnished area.
The above technique is called "Negoro(old town name in japan) painting".
In order to express "Depth", similar colors are coated twice like Green color after Yellow, or Vermilion color after Purple, because one color becomes monotonous.

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Blue gold powder
Pink urushi
Yellow urushi
Powdered abalone shell

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Gold powder
Black urushi
Black areas of butterfly: Urushi lacquer and silver powder are used to bring up these black areas in high relief

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Vermilion urushi lacquer
Purple urushi

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Blue gold powder

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Yellow urushi
Powdered abalone shell

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[What is Maki-e technique?]
    Hira Maki-e
  1. Urushi lacquer
  2. Sprinkle Gold powder, Seikin: Alloy of Gold, Silver powder, Hirame and so on
  3. Coated by Uwazuri and Black urushi
  4. Polish by polishing and grindstone powders
    Togidashi Maki-e (Mainly used for finishing evenly the background)
  1. Urushi lacquer
  2. Sprinkle Gold powder, Seikin: Alloy of Gold, Silver powder, Hirame and so on
  3. Coated thickly by Nashiji and Black urushi
  4. Burnished the urushi lacquer by charcoal
  5. Polish by polishing and grindstone powders
  • When coarse gold/silver/Hirame/Seikin powders are sprinkled, put a luster by burnished.
  • After togidashi maki-e, Togidashi Hira maki-e is decorated Hira maki-e on togidashi maki-e.
  • After togidashi maki-e, Togidashi Taka maki-e is decorated Taka maki-e on togidashi maki-e.
  • Burnishing is needed when coarse powders are sprinkled.
    Taka Maki-e
  1. The design is created using urushi lacquer
  2. Sprinkle charcoal/Silver powders to raise the layer
  3. Dry
  4. Spread urushi twice to make the layer thicker
  5. Sprinkle gold/silver/Hirame/Seikin powders
  6. Coat by Urushi
  7. Burnish
  8. Polish
  • Charcoal powder: Show a soft feeling
  • Silver powder: Feel solid

[Description]
Name:Butterfly #45
Maki-e Artist:Daikai
Technique:Togidashi Taka Maki-e
Origin:Kyoto, Japan
Nib:21K Gold with 24K Gold plating
Nib size:Medium
(If you prefer a broad nib, please let us know.)
Size:20mm(Dia.) x 170mm
weight:52g
Shipping:FREE SHIPPING!
Others:AGJ Original Design Maki-e


[Daikai's Career]
AGJ Maki-e Makie Artist daikai Urushi lacquer

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 Kyoto 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.