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Nakaya Portable Cigar Fox With Nine Tails

Nakaya Portable Cigar Fox With Nine Tails

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Regular price $2,165.00 USD
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The Nakaya Portable Cigar Fox With Nine Tails fountain pen has been hand-finished in Shiro-tamenuri Tame-sukashi technique, in which a final layer of clear urushi lacquer is applied over the tamenuri surface. This added layer of clear lacquer gives the surface of the pen a deep, luminous presence.

As with any pen you purchase from us, the Fox With Nine Tails qualifies for our complimentary nib tuning services, which adjust ink flow and pressure to your own personal writing characteristics. Nakaya 14k solid gold nibs also serve as excellent starting points for our exclusive nib customizations, which add flair and distinctiveness to your writing on the page and can also serve to make this pen an excellent tool for the professional or amateur calligrapher.

The Fox With Nine Tails is a familiar motif in Chinese mythology and throughout East Asia with origins leading as far back as the fourth century B.C.E. Though commonly seen as a good omen, the Fox, or Kitsune as it is known in Japan, is also known for its mischievous trickster spirit, similar to Coyote in the Native American world view.

To realize the motif on this hand-turned ebonite pen, skilled Urushi and Maki-e artists in Wajima on the west coast of Japan utilize a combination of techniques, including clear Tame-sukashi for the final layer on the pen's surface, and textured Ishime-Kanshitsu for the pen's gripping section. The combination of the smooth Tame-sukashi and textured Ishime-Kanshitsu might also be seen as a subtle reference to the dualistic nature of the character of the Fox itself.

While a beautifully realized work of Maki-e art on its own terms, this pen is also a highly practical writing instrument - the solid durability of Urushi lacquer finish means that this is a pen that can and should be used on an everyday basis. Nakaya's convenient cartridge-converter filling system allows for the use of either Platinum brand cartridges or any bottled fountain pen ink when utilizing the provided converter.

The pen ships in a softwood presentation box decorated with kanji-style script and also includes a fabric pen kimono. The tasteful packaging adds to the long-term value of this pen and also makes it an excellent gift item for special occasions.

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