Pilot Namiki Chinkin Fountain Pen - Cat.
In Japan, cats are often associated with good luck and other protective qualities. Namiki Chinkin Cat, created by Yasuji Sumi of the Kokkokai maki-e artisan group, features a cat staring up at the viewer with slitlike pupils; the textured chinkin detailing mimics fur. The cattail plants in the background make beautiful additions with a humorous touch. Namiki Chinkin Cat matches the size of the fountain pens in Namiki's Yukari Royale Collection and also features a size No.20 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.