Imperial by Kenro Taipei Sunset Urushi Lacquer Aka-Tamenuri Red Fountain Pen 18k
Made in Japan
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The Imperial Urushi Limited Edition Fountain Pen was commissioned for production to the finest Urushi artist on the Island of Taipei. Limited to 33 pens worldwide, each pen is made from the finest ebonite, and features a JoWo 18k gold nib with a Schmidt converter. The Taipei Sunset utilizes the finest in modern writing technology, including the "Cushion Cap Closure" system, which prevents the ink from drying, ensuring instantaneous ink flow after periods of no use. Each numbered Imperial Urushi limited edition is signed by the artist in gold paint and comes packaged in a special rare HIMOKI wood box, which gives the pen the perfect presentation and protection.
The Taipei Sunset is the first fountain pen in Kenro's exclusive Imperial Collection. This limited edition hand-selected line is the culmination of 26 years in the business of pens and luxury items. Kenro's fountain pen experts, whose collective experience exceeds a hundred years of passion for these precious items, scoured the globe for the finest and most unique treasures. Finally, you are invited to discover the product of their painstaking efforts to bring the most unique and exquisite specimens from the furthest corners of the world.
The Taipei Sunset fountain pen is produced using an ancient Japanese lacquer application process called urushi-nur, which translates to "lacquer coating". This incredibly labor intensive method of applying lacquer dates back to 5,000 BC in the Jōmon period, over 7,000 years ago. To prepare the lacquer, skilled and dedicated craftsmen must first mix an exact amount of iron oxide and mercury sulfide to produce the desired red color. Lacquer is painted on with a brush and is cured in a warm and humid environment. Master craftsmen begin by carefully applying an undercoat and leaving it to dry. The Shita-nuri, or undercoat, is applied to seal and protect the body of the pen. Once dry, the Naka-nuri, or middle coat, is applied. This is the most delicate part of the procedure as it is the moment that any decorations, adornments, or markings are added. Finally, the Uwa-nuri, final coat, is painted on. This final coat is clear and produces a beautiful visual depth, sealing the color and any decorations in permanently. Artistic application and decoration of lacquer can be a long process requiring many hours or days of careful and repetitive layers and drying times. The creation of a single piece of urushi art such as a fountain pen may take weeks to months to complete. It must be conducted under strict supervision as any debris or mistakes can permanently stain or mar the finished pen, and the process must start from the beginning again.
The Taipei Sunset is produced in a deep red color, created using the traditional Urushi-nuri process. The shape of the pen is a prominent Japanese design with a featureless, tapered barrel that ends in a rounded but narrow point. The cap is much broader with a fuller, rounded end and smart featureless finish that removes a clip. The Imperial Urushi Limited Edition pen is a unique work of art that reflects the finest example of this ancient art form.
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Comes fitted with an original 18K solid gold nib. Specific nib sizes may be available - please inquire if you are looking for a specific nib size, and we will do our best to accommodate!