Monday Matchup #47: Platinum Kanazawa Leaf Maki-e the Moon and a Rabbit Medium with J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie

It’s never polite to walk up and ask someone’s age. Even if that someone is a tree. Even if you’re hanging out in Middle Earth, Oz or at Groot’s family reunion — where trees can talk and sometimes even walk. 
That said, the alternative seems like more than a minor breach of social etiquette: chopping them down, sawing them open and studying their rings. The science of dating trees from examining their inner rings and patterns actually has a name — dendrochronology — a name that’s almost as long as the pen used here: Platinum Kanazawa Leaf Maki-e the Moon and a Rabbit in Medium. The exquisite artistry and 18K gold nib exhibited by the Kanazawa Leaf Maki-e are rooted in Platinum’s superior craftsmanship. The J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie ink helped Jenni from our Media Team delve deep into the lineage of this future firewood. Kate Millet’s words would only ring louder if they were etched in bark with a pocket knife.
So if you want to know a tree’s age — even an ancient towering redwood or seemingly centuries-old bristlecone pine tree — but you don’t have the heart or the axe to yell “timber,” there’s an obvious answer. 39. Again.
The Platinum Kanazawa Leaf Maki-e the Moon and a Rabbit in Medium is available at for $192. J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie is available in a 30ml bottle for $12 or as a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.
Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

2017-10-11T14:01:23+00:00 May 11th, 2015|Monday Matchup|13 Comments
  • Tom Johnson

    OOOOOH! Jenny, this is one of the best. Look at the shading in this ink. Love the quote and the art work is superb. I know, this is what I say every Matchup, but this is so lovely. Mondays are so special thanks to these visions.

  • Jenni, love it, awesome work, and the dig the words. The fountain pen is pretty darn spectacular too. Another great Monday Match-up.

  • Freddy

    That is one of my favorite inks and this beautiful drawing shows it off to best advantage. Thanks. 🙂

  • Otter

    Beautiful drawing, Jenni! I have the Kanazawa in the "Changing Autumn Leaves" design and I love the slight spring I get in the 18K gold nib. It's a lovely design too. That ink is interesting, and one I'd never think of looking at! Thanks again for a great Monday Matchup.

  • Susan J

    Dendrochronology – I always learn something from you all, and it's not always what I expect. Thanks for the ongoing Monday Matchups – I look forward to seeing each one!

  • Madigan

    Glad you enjoyed it, Freddy! 🙂

  • Madigan

    Hey Derick! I'll pass this along to Brian for Q&A. 🙂 It's an interesting idea.

  • Madigan

    Hey Kenny! I'd never seen this one up close until Jenni worked with it. But now that I have, wowie! It's a beauty. 🙂

  • Madigan

    Hi Otter! Getting to play with a new ink is definitely one of the great parts of doing Monday Matchup. It's so fun to see what each ink and pen combo (and artist, of course!) can create. 🙂

  • Madigan

    Hi Susan! Dendrochronology is a great word, right? So glad to hear you are enjoying these. We work hard on them. 🙂

  • Sarah Ann Smith

    Methinks you need a LOVE button

  • Brooks Martin

    You can get the age, or at least an approximation, without chopping down the tree:

  • Madigan

    Hi Brooks! Thanks for sharing! 🙂