Namiki Nippon Art Maki-e Fountain Pens

Namiki Nippon Art Maki-e fountain pens combine the complex techniques of the Hira Maki-e technique with traditional Japanese fables and symbolism. The classic design of the fountain pen body is the perfect canvas for the incredible artistic details and the fascinating themes depicted on each pen. This marriage of artistry, symbolism, and functionality creates a writing instrument that is both beautiful and useful.

These fountain pens are created by a collaboration of artisans, collectively referred to as the Kokkokai. Urushi lacquer is applied to the pen bodies, followed by an outline of the designs. Gold and silver powder, among other precious metal powders, is used to fill in the design and create the stunning depictions seen on the pen. Additional layers of urushi lacquer are applied and left to dry. Finally, the pen is expertly polished, resulting in a stunningly detailed work of art.

Each Namiki Nippon Art Maki-e fountain pen comes complete with a 14kt gold nib. The outline of Mt. Fuji can be seen on the nib, as well as the Namiki branding. They are smooth writing nibs, perfect for penning your next novel or simply signing your name.

The Namiki Nippon Art Maki-e fountain pens use a Con-70 filling mechanism. This
vacuum filling method allows for a large ink capacity, ideal for long
writing sessions. Watch this video where Brian shows you how to expertly fill a Con-70 converter.

At, we are pleased to be carrying four different types of Nippon Art fountain pens. Each has a different story and symbolic meaning, but all are stunning and functional works of art. 

Namiki Nippon Art Chinese Phoenix

The Chinese Phoenix has held a place of esteem throughout the ages. A symbol of heaven’s grace, virtue, and favor, it is seen in countless works of Japanese art. Aptly associated with the element of fire, it can also represent of the union of yin and yang. Like the mythical western phoenix, the Chinese Phoenix is said to be immortal, dying a fiery death and then rising again from the ashes.

The Namiki Nippon Art Maki-e Chinese Phoenix is available at for $600 with a medium nib. 

Namiki Nippon Art Crane and Turtle

The Crane and Turtle is a Japanese fable. A turtle and two cranes lived at a river bend and were good friends. A drought came to the area and the river dried up. The cranes were able to fly away and find new water, but the turtle was not so lucky. The Cranes offered to fly the turtle away by carrying a stick in their mouths, while the turtle clamped on to the stick. They warned the turtle not to open his mouth, or he would fall. He heartily agreed. In this manner, they took off for a new river bend to make their home. However, as they were flying over a rice paddy, the turtle opened his mouth to greet the laborers and plummeted to his death. The moral of the story? Those who do not listen to their friends suffer the consequences.

The Namiki Nippon Art Crane and Turtle is available at for $600 in fine and medium nibs.

Namiki Nippon Art Maki-e Dragon with Cumulus

The dragon of good luck in Japan is called Fuku Riu. While Western dragons are often portrayed as fire breathing beasts bent on destruction, Japanese dragons are often seen as benevolent and even lucky creatures. The happy dragon ascending into the clouds represents good luck and abundance.

The Namiki Nippon Art Maki-e Dragon with Cumulus fountain pen is available in fine and medium nib sizes for $600 at

Namiki Nippon Art Golden Pheasant

The Golden Pheasant is a native bird of China, where it is admired for its beauty. It is a striking animal with feathers of golden red. In Japan, it is often depicted as the ambassador of the sun goddess. Like the phoenix, it is seen as a symbol of male energy and associated with fire and life force. 
The Namiki Nippon Art Golden Pheasant fountain pen is available at for $600. 

What do you think of the Namiki Nippon Art Maki-e collection? Which one appeals most to you? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

2017-10-11T02:04:17+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Pen Reviews|14 Comments
  • Recoil Rob

    Dragon and Cumulus is my favorite, would consider it if there was a better nib selection, preferably some sort of italic or stub but at least a B nib to customize. I checked and Namiki offers these pens with a B nib, and my birthday’s coming….

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Hi, Rob. I’m sorry we don’t have the broad you are looking for. They are truly gorgeous pens. Hopefully, you’ll be able to get one for your birthday.

      • Recoil Rob

        That’s what i don’t understand, if Namiki sells them with a broad nib why doesn’t Goulet carry them?

        • Lydia At Goulet Pens

          I think the broads may have sold out, because they do not show up on any of our lists of available pens from Namiki. It is possible that they did make them at one point but they may not be available any more. Can you share the link with me where you saw the Broad option?

  • Tom Johnson

    Wow, this is very hard to choose from, but I think the phoenix is my choice. All are so fantastic, museum quality art. I just love looking at these masterpieces.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      I love the Phoenix and the history and symbolism behind it is even more mesmerizing. You are so right, definitely museum quality. You can see the hard work and dedication in each pen!

  • Julia Traver

    I would have a hard time choosing between the Phoenix and the Dragon — I love both of them! I’m just going to have to start saving.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      both beautiful choices, Julia!

  • Don

    If I had the money, I’d choose the Phoenix, in part because of its symbolism of new birth or regeneration, and in part because of Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite”, which is a favorite musical work of mine.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      That is a beautiful reason to choose that pen! I bet listening to that suite while writing with the pen would bring some serious writing inspiration! Music is always such a great inspiration.

  • Uniotter

    Ditto choosing between the Phoenix and the Dragon. But they’re all beautiful. I’d have a hard time deciding between these and the chinkin pens!

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Namiki definitely makes some stunning pens. I just love the cloud on the Dragon pen. It’s mesmerizing to me how they can achieve those colors.