Dating back to 794 AD, Maki-e is an ancient Japanese art-form where metallic powders are expertly sprinkled into delicate layers of wet lacquer to create intricate designs. Precious materials such as gold, silver, and mother of pearl are often used in Maki-e designs. To perfect the techniques to create the beautiful designs, Maki-e artists must study and practice for years. Appearing simple in execution, Hira Maki-e requires expert precision and mastery.
Combining modern technology with a treasured Japanese art-form, Pilot Fine Writing introduces the Kagimonyou Hira Maki-e Vanishing Point Fountain Pen. The name Kagimonyou means “Key Design” and signifies an omen of good fortune. The intricate gold pattern represents the key that would open a traditional storehouse where one would keep valuable possessions. May the Kagimonyou Vanishing Point unlock good fortune in your future endeavors.
The Pilot Kagimonyou Hira Maki-e Vanishing Point Fountain Pen comes with a medium, 18k gold, rhodium plated nib but most retailers should be able to swap it for any other size. Just ask nicely. As with all other Vanishing Point fountain pens, this one uses the cartridge/converter filling system, but sells at a list price of $550 with a street price of around $440.