Pilot Namiki Yukari Royale Urushi Fountain Pen - Black. Pilot Namiki's Yukari Royale Urushi Fountain Pen accentuates the deceptively simple beauty of black urushi lacquer with a delicate gold band lining the cap. The lustrous deep-black finish was accomplished through the Roiro Urushi technique by a group of artisans known as "Kokkokai," formed in 1931 around maki-e artist Gonroku Matsuda.
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.
- #20 18K Gold nib with Namiki engraving
- Screw-on closure
- Cartridge/converter filling system
- CON-70 converter and blue cartridge included
- Bottle of Namiki Blue ink included
- Comes in a velvet-lined wooden box with Namiki branding
- Lifetime warranty under Pilot
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