Message from previous pen owners
First, we would like to thank you very much for your participation in the "Revive Japanese Vintage Fountain Pens" project.
It has been a while since the last batch, and this time we have been able to restore a few more limited vintage fountain pens from the collection. Although we have tried our best, health conditions and time constrains do not allow us to reach more quantity.
Once again, thank you very much. Your extremely amazing support is truly the motivation for us to finish the work.
This time, we would like to bring back a collection of Japanese ebonite, celluloid and especially Urushi and Maki-e fountain pens from 1940s.
We hope you could find the pen you like and be willing to become a new owner of a beautiful Japanese vintage fountain pen.
Revive Japanese vintage fountain pens?
The history of Japan has seen many amazing fountain pens created and introduced to fountain pen lovers all over the world.
Back in 1940s, you would find Japanese fountain pens made in materials, mechanisms and hand-made technique which you do not often see these days.
These fountain pens have amazing quality that remains the same until now and for many more years to come. They are pieces of Japanese fountain pen history and contain priceless values of knowledge to the fountain pen network.
Revive Japanese Vintage Fountain Pen is a project that we carried out in collaboration with a group of Japanese fountain pen collectors, fountain pen engineers and nib masters in Japan who have been working with fountain pens for decades.
Many of them are over 80s and this may be the last fountain pen project of their life. The mission of the project is to preserve pieces of fountain pen history by finding new owners for beautiful Japanese vintage fountain pens.
Would you want to become the new owner of the pens, and will willingly take a good care of the pens and keep on passing them to the next generation?
1. Pen of history:
These fountain pens are already more than 70 years old. However, the values and quality of each pen remains the same as the time goes by. It is the proof of such amazing high quality standard of fountain pen manufacturing in the past. No matter they were used for personal or public occasions, these pens are pieces of history and connect us to the history.
2. Japanese vintage materials
Materials that were used to make these fountain pens are durable and special materials such as Japanese ebonite or Osaka celluloid or fuubou (material for airplane's windshield) which help these pens survive through decades or even more. Time is what money cannot buy. The color and the hardness of Japanese vintage Ebonite and Celluloid develop over a long time. If it is not a vintage fountain pen, we won't be able to see these beautiful change in a fountain pen.
3. Japanese nibs & mechanisms:
The nib and mechanism are also the two components which make a Japanese vintage fountain pen extraordinary. Japanese vintage nibs are totally hand-made and hand-grinded. The nib writes wetly with a rich ink flow. All Japanese vintage nibs come with Ebonite feeds which were also hand-crafted. The nib's flexibility is highly enhanced through a hand-grinding process. Filling mechanisms of these pens may function in the same way with current models but they are something that cannot be found these days.
4. Restored with REAL vintage parts:
When restoring and repairing vintage pens, sometimes modern parts will be used to replace broken parts of the vintage pens. Our pen masters use ONLY vintage pen parts which were used in Japanese fountain pen making in the past. Not a single modern piece was used. Please be confident that your fountain pen is a complete vintage writing instrument that you would see in Japan 80 years ago.
Japanese vintage pen materials & arts
Three main materials that we have found in the vintage fountain pen collection of 40-50 years ago are ebonite, celluloid and windshield. Not only durable but these materials are believed to give a warm and comfortable feeling for handwriting.
Ebonite is a warm and durable material that has been used on fountain pens since the beginning days of the fountain pen era. What makes it different from other materials is the feel in the hand rather than the look. It gives a warm, soft and therefore comfortable feeling for daily writing. The durability of ebonite makes ebonite fountain pens live through ages without being degraded. From raw ebonite, these fountain pens were made and polished by hand. The surface of these fountain pens has became increasingly smooth over time.
After World War II, celluloid was still popular but the rise of plastic soon resulted in a decline of celluloid which is more expensive and harder to produce. Celluloid fountain pens then became less popular and hard to find. Our vintage celluloid fountain pens are what have been left since that time. They were made from Osaka celluloid which is known as the most excellent celluloid material from Japan. These fountain pens are more than 70 years old but still in pristine conditions until today and maybe many more years. The complex patterns seen on these celluloid fountain pens represents main styles of Japanese fountain pens in 40, 50 years ago.
Japanese Handmade Maki-e
Maki-e （蒔絵）is something that cannot be missed when mentioning Japanese fountain pen arts. This time we are honored to work with an old pen artisan from Osaka to restore his collection of handmade maki-e fountain pens. What you are seeing on these fountain pens is one of the Japanese oldest maki-e techniques where gold or silver powder and gold leaves are applied on Urushi lacquer. There is no preset design for these maki-e fountain pens and there is also no same pen among these.
The artisan who made these fountain pens is also a pen collector himself. Using the techniques he learned, practiced and inherited from maki-e tradition of his family, he made a unique maki-e fountain pen collection of his own. Back in the day, making maki-e wasn't supported with many tools and technique like these days, everything was handmade from scratch and people enjoyed the final artwork with its both perfection and imperfection. You might see the concept of Wabi-Sabi is very strong among these pens because it demonstrates human's work and somehow explain how far the fountain pen arts have been improved until today.
Japanese vintage nib with handmade ebonite feed
All of these fountain pen nibs are installed with ebonite feeds that were hand-crafted by the nib masters. Our nib artisans who have worked with fountain pens for their whole life told us from the beginning that, they won't work with plastic feed and the only ones that they use are ebonite feeds. This not only because ebonite feed offers a wetter and smoother ink flow but also because, ebonite makes their fountain pen a complete piece of history!
The nibs of these vintage Japanese fountain pens are available at either Semi-flex or hard nibs. The plating is two-tone or solid. Tipping size includes Extra Fine, Fine and Medium nib.
Reviewed by our customers
Our first launch of the Revive Vintage Pen project has received many positive feedback from customers wroldwide. Please check out reviews from those who chose to become the new owners of these Japanese vintage fountain pens.
Check out more reviews here.
Why restoring vintage pens is a master work?
Repair & Replacement
First, the pen master will inspect the pen overall to see which parts need to be repaired and replaced. Those parts are then repaired to make sure the pen can function normally. The repairing process is applied for pen body and nib. If there is any part that needs to be replaced, only vintage pen parts are used in this case. Since each part of the pen is a piece of history, we try our best to change as few as possible the structure and appearance of the pen.
Polishing & Adjusting
Since these vintage fountain pens have already sat in the box for more than 60 years, some parts need to be polished and filled with oil so the pen can work as normal. The nib and filling mechanism are also carefully checked. We have seen the pen artisans spend a lot of effort on adjusting the tip, adapting the feed and fixing ink tube. The pen itself is a piece of history and the restoration has been a proof of invaluable craftsmanship by skillful pen masters.
To make sure the fountain pen performs well before passing it to the new owner, the fountain pen and nib masters have spent time to double check writing performance of the pen. All the fountain pens here have been tested to assure the daily writing experience so we believe you can get it with complete confidence.
To make sure the fountain pen performs well before passing it to the new owner, all of the fountain pens here have already been tuned and tested by fountain pen and nib masters.
All of these limited vintage fountain pens will come with our full 1-year warranty service same as all other pens.
Letter from previous owner
For each pen, we will attach a letter from its previous owner sharing with you the story behind your pen and instruction about how to take a good care of it.
Rest your vintage pen on Japanese traditional pen pillow
Resting fountain pen on a pen pillow has been the tradition of many fountain pen users since fountain pens came to life. The pen pillow does not only help your pen rest still on the table but also displays your pen in an appealing way. This time our pen collectors have suggested us to add this as an option for you to choose while getting the vintage pen and they believe that it will add more traditional values to your pen set.
You can see all our pen pillows from here.
Here are all the models we have been able to restore. You can check out the size and filling mechanism of each model from here.
Listing for order will be published on August 1st 7:59 am PDT time.
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