Namiki Chinkin Fountain Pen - Rooster
This Namiki Chinkin Rooster 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. Heralding in the dawn with its crowing, Roosters are believed to dispel evil spirits as they chase darkness away with the light of day. Dating back to ancient times, cockfighting is said to be the world's oldest spectator sport that is prevalent in almost every part of the world. in Japan's ancient times during the Nara and Heian perios, Cockfighting is also used for fortune telling eventually known as "Tori-Awase", an event at the Imperial court to mark the seasonal festival throught Japan.
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.