|Close-up of the Namiki Emperor Murasaki-Shikibu fountain pen.|
While maki-e has a long history, it is by no means a stagnant art form. In 1925, the very beginning of what was to become the Pilot Pen company patented the Lacquer Naito method. The combination of maki-e technique with gold-nibbed fountain pens was what spawned the Japanese pen empire. Today, nearly 20 specialists work at Pilot's Hiratsuka plant devoting their time solely to creating Namiki maki-e fountain pens.
Here is an overview of some of the techniques you'll see on Namiki pens:
Hira (Flat Maki-e)
|The Namiki Nippon Art series uses the Hira technique, shown here in the Crane and Turtle model.|
Togidashi (Burnished Maki-e)
|This Yukari "Pigeon and Persimmon" design features the Togidashi-Hira maki-e technique.|
Togidashi-Taka (Burnished Raised Maki-e)
|This Namiki Yukari Royale "Chrysanthemum Dew" features the more complex Togidashi-Taka technique, as well as inlaid abalone shells.|
|The Chinkin method gives a three-dimensional feeling. Shown here in the Namiki Chinkin Cat design.|
Depending on the method, the process to create a maki-e pen can take anywhere from several weeks to seven months to complete. The process of lacquering, drying, and polishing is done in steps, with each step requiring diligent application and attention by a highly trained artist. Some pens can have anywhere from 15 to 50 layers of lacquer.
We will be carrying several models here at Goulet Pens, which use one or a combination of the techniques listed above.
Namiki Nippon Art
|There are four designs of the Namiki Nippon Art maki-e fountain pen.|
|Six of the designs in the Namiki Yukari line.|
Namiki Yukari Royale
|The Namiki Yukari Royale features more complex designs and techniques.|
|The Namiki Emperor in Murasaki-Shikibu boasts a large nib.|
|The Namiki Chinkin series is available in six designs that span both Yukari and Yukari Royale sizes.|
Namiki Raden Vanishing Point
|A closeup of the Namiki Vanishing Point in Raden Galaxy.|
|The Namiki Collection offered by Goulet Pens.|
These pens are not mass-produced, and are very limited in number and they require an incredible amount of time, often four months for each pen. Typically, the artists will create a couple of different designs each year, and they will be available for 2-3 years before they sell out worldwide.
You can now find these stunning Namiki Maki-e fountain pens at Gouletpens.com. We hope you enjoy viewing our photography on our website, and watching our video on these beautiful pens.
The Goulet Pen Company Team