Tag Archives: maki-e

New Pen, Old Ink

Well, not really old…I got my Diamine Music Set from Vanness Pens online when they were having a major ink sale last December…but I’ve rarely used its lovely, lovely inks since then.

The other day I paired Diamine Handel (which is like a lush, more purply-Yama-budo with blue-green sheen) with a new acquisition, a Danitrio Sho-Hakkaku with a dazzling maki-e finish. They make a perfect couple together—that subtle blend of elegance and richness that I can describe as a sort of delightful divinity.

I’ve been too busy these past few months to write much, and will likely continue that trend for some weeks to come, so just a picture will have to do for now.

Someday, I dream of using up a week’s or so worth of time to fountain-pen-blog my heart out. Til then, I leave you with fanciful figments of my fickle ambitions. 😉

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Pearls Before Mina

(The title makes sense in context, I swear.)

So, earlier this May I contacted Ernest Shin of Hakumin Urushi Kobo to make me a customized Edison Extended Mina in urushi with a maki-e cloud and lotus design I drew up.

The thing is, urushi pens take months to finish, because the coating takes so long to dry between applications. And that’s only counting those pens without any designs on them. Last time I checked in with Ernest (back in the beginning of November), the pen was still undergoing its preliminary stages of urushi coating….which means it’ll probably be at least a year before I see my customized baby. (Ah, maybe by December 2014 if I’m lucky?)

That’s actually okay, though the waiting period does inspire boredom at times…boredom that prompts me to Google images and pen reviews and what have you nots. So a few weeks back, I decided that the Edison Pearl would make a good canvas for maki-e too, and starting doodling more pen designs for fun.

Of course, I’m not going to jump in and order another customized urushi pen so soon—my wallet will murder me, and I don’t want to jump the gun before I try out my Mina (which is my first ever Edison purchase, btw). But I like doodling, and I like pens, so here’s a selection of my funky drawings. Who knows? Maybe they’ll inspire someone else to order a pen so I can see the results. I can’t own all of these Pearls, after all…

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Hmm, I think the one with three fans as a design has some real potential!