Pilot Namiki Chinkin Fountain Pen - Cherry Blossoms.
This pen, made by the renowned maki-e artisan group Kokkokai, depicts cherry blossoms—symbolic of spring, renewal, life, and transience—in bloom. Namiki Chinkin Cherry Blossoms matches the size of the pens in Namiki's Yukari Collection but with a flat-top silhouette instead of rounded ends; it also features a size No.10 18k gold nib.
The Chinkin Collection is made up of fountain pens which use “Chinkin (Gold Inlay)”, one of lacquer ware techniques that Japan boasts to the world on a par with Maki-e. Motifs are carved into the lacquered surface with special chisels, and after inlaying lacquer in the grooves, placing gold leaves and gold powder gives the pattern expression. The delicate and fine depiction and three-dimensional aspect overflowing 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. Every single carve is a true challenge in the sense of the word.