Apparently, the Neo-Standard model with the two-layered Tame-Sukashi finish has become quite popular. Nakaya says they’re regularly taking orders for this style of maki-e and it’s almost becoming “standard.” That’s a little hard to imagine considering Tame-Sukashi pens start at $1300. But, if that’s true, then I’m hanging out with the wrong crowd.
In this new model, the Tame-Sukashi technique is used on the clip, as well, in order to produce a finish that does not interfere with the Maki-e decoration while retaining functionality.
The Tame-Sukashi technique consists of layering clear, smooth Urushi lacquer over a painted motif. It is similar to the Tame-Nuri technique, in which lacquer is applied over a solid color. The underlying motif in Tame-Sukashi will become more prominent over time as the Urushi lacquer ages and becomes more transparent.
As with all Nakaya fountain pens, the Bamboo Woods comes with a 14k gold nib in a variety a sizes and utilizes the cartridge/converter filling system. The Nakaya Bamboo Woods fountain pen sells for $2600.
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