This Namiki Nippon Art fountain pen in the Crane and Turtle design was created by a collaboration of maki-e artists (Kokkokai) in Japan. The Nippon Art collection features the Hira Maki-e technique (flat maki-e). The pen matches the Yukari size, has an 14k gold nib and fills via the included Pilot CON-70 converter. The artist's kanji signature can be seen on the pen as an additional design feature. The Namiki #10 14k gold nib is inscribed with the silhouette of Mt. Fuji as well as the Namiki pentagon logo. With the Hira Maki-e technique, the lacquered main design is decorated with sprinkled gold and silver powders. Several additional layers of lacquer are then applied. After the lacquer is hardened, it is then burnished.
The Crane and Turtle design depicts a crane flying overhead and a turtle looking up from a pond below. In Japan the crane and turtle symbolize good fortune and longevity. An old Japanese saying proclaims, "As the crane one thousand years, the tortoise ten thousand years." This fountain pen pays tribute to these symbols of a long and prosperous life.
The water of the pond is depicted with flourishing gold waves that twist all the way down one side of the barrel. The crane in the sky spies the turtle down below, and the turtle makes eye contact in return. Gold powder is used in abundance to depicts the details on the crane's wings and the turtle's shell. A fine gold band encircles the bottom of the cap lip, making the pen's most vulnerable spot stronger in a very subtle manner.
These pens are truly one-of-a-kind works of art, and they are warrantied for life by Namiki, and they come packaged in a velvet-lined box.
Please note we are unable to accept a return of this pen for any reason once it has been inked.