Known for producing unique writing instruments, Namiki has lately unveiled the Namiki Limited Edition Maki-e Emperor Butterfly and Chrysanthemum. As against the mystery masterpiece worth $730,000; a joint effort by Montblanc and Van Cleef & Arpels, this Japanese pen offers quality under a thin price tag.
Festooned with Japan’s national symbols viz. the Great Purple Emperor butterfly and Chrysanthemum, the great mind of Michifumi Kawaguchi behind this creation has made an efficient use of ages-old way of Maki-e lacquering to design this pen. The displayed pen is the result of the multi-layered designs carved using urushi (sap from lacquer trees of Japan) on the barrel and cap of the pen.
I am sure it would be a different experience altogether to write using 18-karat gold nib with rhodium accent and a piston ink delivery system. With the limited production of counted 99 pens globally, each pen comes packed in a classy gift box, whose cover is ornamented with a “Kaga Yuzen”, a conventional silk dyeing method of Japan.