Pilot's Custom fountain pen series features gold nib fountain pens with a wide range of variations in nib sizes to satisfy everyone's writing preferences. The Custom 845
comes with a beautiful two-tone 18k gold nib in a large #15 Pilot nib size providing wet strokes with abundant ink flow to the paper. It is a large yet lightweight pen with an artful Urushi lacquer finish.
Japanese Urushi art is one of Japan's traditional decorative art forms. The Urushi lacquer process is performed using the sap harvested from the Urushi lacquer tree and has been historically used for its preservational and protective properties because the material becomes extremely durable once hardened. Ancient artifacts such as arrowheads, bowls, combs and jewelry have been preserved only in the parts that have been coated with Urushi. Objects that have been lacquered with Urushi are valuable due to the labor intensive process of Urushi as well as the value of Urushi itself. Urushi trees take about 12 years to reach maturity for harvest and harvest time occurs over the span of several months and seasons, the purity and quality of the sap differing depending on harvest season. Each tree yields just 250 ml to 300 ml of sap and after harvesting, the tree needs to be chopped down and takes another 10-12 years till the next harvest.