I have said it several times in other articles, there are fountain pens and there are works of art, and when it comes to art, Maki-e it really is something worth exploring because behind such detailed illustrations lies not only a lot of skills (there are very few talented Maki-e masters today) but also a lot of care and patience.
In my opinion, a Maki-e pen, no matter how detailed the illustrations on it, will never cease to amaze you, and if you own one or more of these pens, you know what I mean. The pen I’m going to introduce you to depicts through very fine Maki-e illustrations the famous Battle of Itsukushima. Now, before we get any further with this edition, let’s see what is so special about this battle.
I won’t go into detail on this historical topic, just to give you an overview: the Battle of Itsukushima took place in 1555 and is one of the monumental battles in the career of Mori Motonari (described as one of the greatest commanders of the Sengoku period). Well, what makes this event so special, apart from the fact that it took place on an island considered holy ground, where no living creature is allowed to die, it also marked a spectacular victory for the Mori, who managed to win the conflict by fighting an army almost four times the size of his own.
Let’s take a look at the pen now. Given that this limited edition takes on the silhouette of a classic King of Pens model, this means that in terms of shape the pen delights us with the same well-defined lines and balanced proportions. The body of the pen is made of Ebonite then is decorated with very detailed illustrations by renowned Urushi artist – Ikki Moroike.
There are only two nib sizes one can choose from: medium or broad, and in terms of nib design, Sailor has fitted each pen with the well-known King of Pens nib, made of 21k gold. Along with the pen comes a bottle of Manyo “Chigaya” ink of 50ml, a pen pouch, as well as a cleaning cloth, all put together in a very refined lacquered gift box decorated accordingly with Maki-e illustrations.
As the best perfumes come in small bottles, the same can be said for this pen, which has been released in only 33 pieces worldwide. Surprisingly, it is still available at some retailers.
Price: EUR 8870
We’re quite curious now, do any of our readers have this beautiful masterpiece in their collection?
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