PLATINUM - IZUMO YAKUMONURI "YAKUMO BYAKUDAN"
The Platinum Izumo Yakumonuri Togi Yakumo features an intricate Maki-e design inspired by paintings of floating clouds on the ceiling of the sacred shrine in Izumo, Japan. Silver powder and urushi lacquers are hand-applied to the ebonite body of this pen, which utilizes Platinum's convenient and reliable cartridge-converter filling system.
As with any pen you purchase from us, the Izumo Yakumonuri Togi Yakumo qualifies for our complimentary nib tuning services, which help ensure that your pen will not just be a beautiful art object, but also a superb writing instrument, highly suitable for everyday use. Platinum's 18k solid gold nibs also serve as excellent starting points for many of our exclusive nib customizations, which give added flair and distinctiveness to your writing on the page.
Silver powder, color urushi lacquers, and transparent suki-urushi are all used to realize the evocative motif of this pen. The time-intensive process of painting and polishing multiple layers results in average production times of a year or more.
The pen is provided with a decorative paulownia softwood presentation box decorated with kanji-style calligraphy. A stringed pen pouch with a cloud-shaped clasp is also provided, along with starter ink cartridges and a complimentary converter for the use of bottled fountain pen ink. The taste and beauty of the packaging adds to the value of this pen both for collectors and as a lovely gift item.
The floating clouds painted on the ceiling of the Izumo Shrine are used as the motif on the Platinum Izumo Yakumo Byakudan. Starting with an ebonite cap and barrel, gold leaf is first applied to the entire surface. A sea of clouds is then painted around the pen with silver powder and kinsunago (gold dust) is spread throughout as an accent. Additional floating clouds are then painted in brightly colored urushi: red, green, and orange. To accentuate the design, the outlining has been drawn in silver. Lastly, multi-layers of sukiurushi (transparent lacquer) are applied as the finish. Over time, the sukiurushi becomes increasingly more transparent, allowing the design to appear more vibrant and vivid. Each piece created using maki-e is hand-finished by skilled artisans using an amazing number of processes combined with traditional artistic techniques taking many weeks and months to complete.
The Platinum Yakumo Byakudan features the large 18k, two-tone gold nib normally only available in three widths (F, M, and B), but the Nibsmith is proud to be able to offer all six widths the President nib is made in: Ultra Extra Fine, Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad, and Coarse (Double Broad). No other retailer offers as many nib options.