Namiki Chinkin Fountain Pen - Cat
This Namiki Chinkin Cat fountain pen was created by a collaboration of maki-e artists (Kokkokai) in Japan, and is available with 18k gold nibs in Fine, Medium and Broad nib sizes. Cats hold a special relationship with Japan and its people. According to Japanese folklore, a cat once saved a feudal lord from being struck by lighting when it lured it with its tail leading to the belief that cats possess protective powers. Regarded as a symbol of wealth and fertility, cats are highly treasured for preventing epidemics, getting rid of rats that transmit disease, and preying on mice that eat cereal crops.
Beautifully and softly depicted using Tenbori technique (Dot carving), the cat is seen sitting demurely with its eyes fixated on the foxtail grasses that is intricately carved out using Senbori technique (Linear carving) - displaying side while exuding a graceful poise and elegant demeanor. The Namiki Chinkin Pen Collection is made up of fountain pens which use Chinkin (Gold Inlay) a lacquer-ware technique that Japan boasts is on par with Maki-e. Motifs are carved into the lacquered surface with special chisels, then lacquer is inlaid into the grooves, and strategically placed gold leaves and gold powder gives the pattern expression. The delicate and fine depiction, and three-dimensional aspect that overflows with a strong power of expression are the special characteristics of this collection. Since Chinkin is a carving technique, there is no room for mistakes, and every single carve is a true challenge in the sense of the word.