Namiki Yukari Maki-e Fountain Pen - Gingko 銀杏. Ginkgo trees are one of the oldest living tree species in the world. Ginkgo trees live for thousands of years and have no close relatives in nature. For this reason, the ginkgo’s beautiful, fan shaped leaves are used to symbolize longevity in Japanese art. Because of their thick bark, ginkgo trees are also known to retain a great deal of moisture, making them resistant to fire and able to withstand even the most intense blaze.
In Japan, ginkgo trees are planted in important locations such as Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, not only to be aesthetically pleasing but also to protect the buildings from possible fire.
The unusual fan shape of the foliage flutters in the slightest breeze. In the spring and summer time, they are a beautiful, bright green. As the leaves change color and fall in the autumn, the ground around the trees becomes adorned with a vibrant blanket of striking honey yellow.
The barrel artwork was designed using traditional maki-e lacquer work and finished with a sprinkling of gold dust using the togidashi polishing technique. Each of the ginkgo leaves represented on the pen were expertly crafted using a variety of maki-e techniques. The fuller, gold leaves use a hira (flat) technique and the delicate outlined leaves use a kakiwari technique.
The Limited Edition Namiki fountain pens are made in limited quantity every year. Tanuki will only have 300 pieces available worldwide. Each pen is carefully crafted and engraved with the traditional Namiki number and artisan signature. Designed
and produced by the celebrated artisan group Kokkokai (國光會). The pen has a traditional cigar shaped body style and is enhanced with a #10 18-karat gold nib with rhodium plated accents to depict the iconic silhouette of Mount Fuji, available in Fine, Medium, or Broad sizes.
- Release Date: 2022
- #10 18K Gold nib
- Limited 300 worldwide
- Comes with Con-70 and 6 spare black cartridges
- Compatible cartridges can be found here: Pilot/Namiki Fountain Pens