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The Aurora
Traditional hand painted Japanese Maki-e designs at their finest.

The Nature Collection depicts scenes from nature, ranging from the heavens, down to the sould of the earth. All designs are created by hand using gold, lacquer, vibrant color pigments and multi-color abalone shells. These pens are designed with an 18 karat gold medium nib and come packaged with cartridge and convertor in a traditional wooden gift box from the Orient.

In stock in US Fine nib - $2,000 retail. Please e-mail me by clicking here for ordering instructions (do not e-mail me your credit card information!).


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Hand painted Maki-e Pens

Affordable maki-e

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This is Platinum's most affordable hand painted Maki-e ever. How can you bypass these works of art? Pens are painted with pure powdered gold and red urushi by one of our maki e artists from northern Japan.18K gold nib, converter, black ink cartridge, and gift box included. From top to bottom they are Crane, Chrysanthemum and Cherry blossom. $250 retail. Please e-mail me by clicking here for ordering instructions (do not e-mail me your credit card information!). Chrysanthemum is in stock in US M nib.


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What is Maki-e? A 2,000 year old artform. Perhaps the next big collectible as the masters are a dying race.

Maki-e is one of the most distinctive decorative techniques of lacquer art or Urushi. Urushi is an oriental varnish made from the sap of the Urushi tree, thus the name. When Urushi was introduced to Japan in the 6th century, its beautiful deep luster inspired Japanese artisans to create the Makie-e technique. This is the process in which the pen is coated with the Urushi Sap, then sprinkled with gold, silver, and colored powder. The Maki-e techniques are divided into three distinctive types:

1. Togidashi Maki-e (burnished)
2. Hira Maki-e (flat finish)
3. Taka Maki-e (relief)
4. Raden Maki-e (Inlay)

Platinum brings this traditional art to you expressed with the elegance of Japanese nature, through their line of high quality fountain pens.

1. Togidashi Maki-e (burnished) Various precious metals are ground into powder and sprinkled over the design in the surface after the urushi lacqer process. After drying, the surface is coated with another urushi layer of lacquer. Upon the second drying, the pattern is burnished or sketched with charcoal. The design is then polished until glossy.

2. Hira Maki-e (flat) The pattern is drawn after the first urushi coating. then the ground powdered metals are sprinkled onto the surface while it is still wet. Another urushi coating is applied to secure the powders. Then the surface is rubbed with cotton which is soaked in lacquer, until polished with a flat luster.

3. Taka Maki-e (Relief) The design is coated and drawn with the actual urushi lacquer. The more coats the more the image rises. Once it's at the desired level, the metallic powders are sprinkled onto the surface. This style is the most elaborate and enables the image on the pen to be in 3D. Taka Maki-e is the ultimate and the most difficult to produce. This process requires the skill of a great master.

4. Raden Maki-e (Inlay) This is one of our very popular and decorative styles. Layers of shells such as mother of pearl, abalone, or nacre are cut into various shapes, patterns, and sizes. they are embedded in lacquer, then covered with another coat of lacquer. When dried they are polished to a high luster finish. Turn the pen in your hands and watch the colors of the shells radiate in the light!

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