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Hirota Urushi - Kinpaku Fountain Pen - Wancher Pen
Hirota Urushi - Kinpaku Fountain Pen - Wancher Pen
Hirota Urushi - Kinpaku Fountain Pen - Wancher Pen
Hirota Urushi - Kinpaku Fountain Pen - Wancher Pen
Hirota Urushi - Kinpaku Fountain Pen - Wancher Pen
Hirota Urushi - Kinpaku Fountain Pen - Wancher Pen
Hirota Urushi - Kinpaku Fountain Pen - Wancher Pen
Hirota Urushi - Kinpaku Fountain Pen - Wancher Pen
Hirota Urushi - Kinpaku Fountain Pen - Wancher Pen
Hirota Urushi - Kinpaku Fountain Pen - Wancher Pen

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Hirota Urushi - Kinpaku

Worldwide Shipping

Estimated Delivery: February 2021

彫漆 (Choushitsu) means "Carved Urushi" - a technique in which many layers of different Urushi are coated and then carved to reveal the underneath Urushi layers. This requires up to more than hundreds of layers of Urushi and takes even years to create.

Hirota Urushi/Maki-e is the Japanese traditional Urushi/Maki-e arts hand-crafted by master Hirota Yoko (廣田洋子). Master Hirota's artworks are unique in designs and techniques which are hard to find among common Urushi lacquerwares.

There are 5 main techniques normally used in master Hirota's art:

- 布目堆漆塗 (Nunome Tsuishitsu Nuri) - Cloth-textured Urushi Lacquering

- 彫漆 (Choushitsu) - Carved Urushi

- 金箔 (Kinpaku) - Gold Leaf

- 唐塗 (Kara Nuri) - Tang Urushi Coating

- 乾漆沈金 (Kanshitsu Chinkin) - Dried Lacquer Gold Engraving

Fountain pens from Hirota collection are handmade one by one and require years to create. Therefore, each design is limited to only 1-3 pieces.

With a great interest in traditional handmade crafts since elementary school, master Hirota decided to choose this path and developed a strong passion for Japanese Urushi-making traditions. Master Hirota now has more than 30 years of hands-on experience in making Urushi and Maki-e.

Hirota's artwork focus on the stylish minimalism and durability of the objects. Either it's a pair of chopsticks that serve everyday meals or it's an ornament used in the palace, it must last long and express aesthetics of Japan's art.

Background of master Yoko Hirota:

1988: Graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design

1991: Completed research course at Kagawa Prefecture Urushi Art Institute; Selected for Japan Traditional Lacquer Art Exhibition

1993: Graduated from Kagawa Prefecture Urushi Art Institute; Fukuoka Art Exhibition First Prize

1994: Fukuoka Art Exhibition Board of Education Award; Selected for Japan Industrial Arts Association Western Art Exhibition

1995: Selected for Japanese Traditional Crafts Exhibition; Western Crafts Exhibition Urasoe Mayor's Award

1996: Buzen City Cultural Merit Award

1997: Seibu Crafts Exhibition Award of Mayor of Urasoe

1998: Fukuoka Art Exhibition West Japan Newspaper Award

1999: Became a member of Fukuoka Art Association; Certificated as a regular member of Japan Crafts Association

2004: OAB Oita Asahi Broadcasting Award at Western Crafts Exhibition

2005: Oita Mayor's Award at Western Crafts Exhibition

2006: Solo Exhibition at Buddha Museum

2008: Western Traditional Craft Exhibition Asahi Welfare Culture Corporation Award

Material & art: Ebonite, Urushi

Filling mechanism: Converter or Cartridge (European International Standard)

Nib: #6 Jowo stainless steel, Wancher 18K gold

Feed: Plastic, ebonite black, ebonite red

Compact air-tight cap: Preven dried-out ink problem

Traditional Japanese Wooden Box + Cartridge & Converter + Instructional Materials

COVID-19 Updates:

Currently, our team are still working and our online shop is accepting orders as normal. Your orders will be shipped using Japan Post (Standard) or DHL (Express). For some countries where Japan Post's services are suspended, only DHL express shipping method will be available.

  • Countries where Japan Post's services are suspended:
    • United Arab Emirates/ Afghanistan/ Antigua Barbuda/ Anguilla/ Albania/ Armenia/ Angola/ Argentina/ Australia/Azerbaijan/ Bosnia/ Barbados/ Bangladesh/ Burkina Faso/ Bahrain/ Burundi/ Benin/ Bermuda/ Brunei Darussalam/ Bolivia/ Brazil/ Bahamas/ Bhutan/ Botswana/ Belarus/ Belize/ Canada/ Congo Dem.Rep/ Centrafrique/ Congo Rep/ Cote Divoire/ Chile/ Cameroon/ Colombia/ Costa Rica/ Cuba/ Cape Verde/ Cyprus/ Djibouti/ Dominica
    • Dominican Rep/ Algeria/ Ecuador/ Eritrea/ Ethiopia/ Fiji/ Falkland Is/ Micronesia/ Faroe Is/ Grenada/ Georgia/ French Guiana/ Gibraltar/ Greenland/ Gambia/ Guinea/ Greece/ Guatemala/ Guinea-Bissau/ Guyana/ Honduras/ Haiti/ Ireland/ Israel/ India/ Iraq/ Iran/ Jamaica/ Jordan/ Kyrgyzstan/ Kiribati/ Comoros/ St Christopher/ Kuwait/ Cayman Is/ Kazakhstan/ Lao/ St Lucia/ Lesotho/ Libyan Arab/ Morocco/ Moldova/ Montenegro/ Mali/ Mongolia/ Martinique/ Mauritania/ Montserrat/ Malta/ Maldives/ Malawi
    • Malaysia/Mozambique/ Namibia/ New Caledonia/ Niger/ Nicaragua/ Nepal/ Nauru/ Oman/ Peru/ French Polynesia/ Papua New Guinea/ Pakistan/ St Pierre And Miquelon/ Pitcairn Is/ Puerto Rico/ Paraguay/ Reunion/ Romania/ Serbia/ Rwanda/ Saudi Arabia/ Solomon Is/ Seychelles/ Sudan/ Slovakia/ Sierra Leone/ Senegal/ Somalia/ Suriname/ South Sudan/ Sao Tome/ El Salvador/ Syrian Arab Rep/ Tristan Da Cunha/ Turks & Caicos/ Chad/ Togo/ Tajikistan
    • East Timor/Timor-Leste/ Turkmenistan/ Tonga/ Trinidad Tobago/ Tuvalu/ Ukraine/ Uganda/ United States/ Uruguay/ Uzbekistan/ Vatican/ St Vincent/ Venezuela/ British Virgin Island/ United States Virgin Island/ Vanuatu/ Wallis & Futuna/ Wake Island/ Samoa/ Kosovo/ Yemen/ Serbia Montenegro/ South Africa/ Zambia/ Zimbabwe
  • Currently we are not able to ship to some places:

    • Kerala, Uttar Pradesh (States of India)
    • North Korea
    • Russia

      Shipping rates are as follow (you will also be able to see shipping method and fee applicable to your order during checkout):

      Worldwide Shipping by Japan Post and DHL
      • The order amount below is the Total Order Amount after applying discount.
      • Track your order here:
      Order less than 300 USD
      • Standard (5~20 days): 10.00 USD

      • Express (4~10 days): 25.00 USD

      Order between 300 USD - 600 USD
      • Standard (5~20 days): FREE
      • Express (4~10 days): 25.00 USD
      Order from $600 USD
      • Standard (5~20 days): FREE
      • Express (4~10 days): FREE
      Special Notice

            Delivery varies by destination. It might also be prolonged upon special request of customization or pre-order.

            Orders which are placed during weekend or national holidays will be processed on the following business day. Handling time for orders with in-stock items is 3-5 business days.

            The expected shipping date for pre-order items will be different from the normal orders of in-stock items. Please refer to product page or our notification email for a shipping update of your pre-order.

            Free Gift Bag

            All purchases at www.wancherpen.com are presented with Wancher's original packaging. We believe that you will love to receive your items in the most beautiful form so there will be a gift bag attached to your package.
            In order to ensure that your item always reaches you with no damage during the shipping, some packing material may still be included inside the box.

            Should you have any question regarding the shipping, please feel free to contact us here or send emails to info@wancher.com.

            STATIONERY & WRITING INSTRUMENTS

            Your WANCHER® writing instrument has been manufactured with scrupulous workmanship and finest quality materials. Our production method includes numerous quality controls applied to every step of the creation of the product. The strict quality control ensures that the product you have chosen will be as functional as it is beautiful.
            Your WANCHER® writing instrument is guaranteed for one year from the date of original purchase against defects in materials or workmanship*.
            If found to be defective in material or workmanship under normal use anytime within the warranty period, your WANCHER® product will be repaired or replaced free of charge.

            *Products priced under $100 is not eligible for warranty.

            This warranty does not cover:

            • Routine maintenance or damage resulting from the failure to maintain the product in accordance with instructions provided by WANCHER
            • Ordinary wear and tear arising from use of the product, or damage caused from accidents, misuse, abuse, unauthorized service and the use of refills or inks which doesn’t meet the instruction.
            • The variations in texture and/or color of some certain natural materials, such as: wood, Ebonite, coating, lacquer, etc. These are not defects, but rather natural attributes which bring beauty and uniqueness to each product.

            If you have purchased your Wancher® product from a retailer and feel the item has a manufacturer's defect, please contact your retailer and return them to the place of purchase.

            Should you have any question, please feel free to contact us at info@wancher.com.

            LEATHER GOODS

            Subject to applicable conditions and exclusions, leather goods are protected from the original date of purchase by a six-month limited warranty (proof of purchase required). If the leather good proves to be defective in material or workmanship under normal use anytime within the warranty period, we will repair or replace the item free of charge with same or comparable product. Defective leather goods will not be returned to customer.

            The variations in color and texture are the prized characteristics of beautiful tanned leather. Over time, the leather will acquire a patina and may also darken due to the oils from your skin and direct sunlight, further enhancing the natural look of your handbag or small leather item. Please refer to our Product Care Guidelines for further information on caring for your handbag or small leather item.

            Conditions and Exclusions:

            • The warranty does not cover damages arising from dye transference, accidents or misuse, or from any alteration, service or repair performed by any party other than Wancher Inc.
            • If you have purchased your Wancher® product from a retailer and feel the item has a manufacturer's defect, please contact your retailer and return them to the place of purchase.
            • Wancher Inc. does not offer a guarantee or repair service on merchandise purchased from an off-priced retailer or unauthorized retailer.
            • Should you have any question, please feel free to contact us at info@wancher.com

            Free Returns and Exchanges

            Wancher is committed to making your shopping experience a success. If you are not 100% satisfied with your online purchase, we will happily accept returns for a full refund or exchange any Wancher products purchased on the website for up to 30 days following delivery.

            Proof of purchase or packing slip invoice is required for reimbursement of the full purchase price. In all cases, refunds will be made in the form of the original payment.

            In case that the return product is not a damaged or defective item and/or because of personal reasons/preferences, we will deduct the original shipping fee and 5% re-stocking fee from the refund payment.

            Returns and exchanges are subject to the following terms and conditions:

            • Product must be returned in a new and unused state, in perfect condition with the Wancher original box or package, including all accessories and documents (if applicable). Wancher will not accept any return if the product shows signs of wear, or has been used or altered from its original condition in any way.

            • Personalized products cannot returned to Wancher for exchange or refund.

            • Writing instruments that have been inked, as well as bottles and refills that have been opened, cannot be returned to Wancher.

            • If you have received free items as part of your order, they must be returned with the products unless you receive different instruction from our representatives.

            • All returns will be subject to strict quality control by Wancher to ensure that the returned products satisfy these requirements. If the products do not meet the quality control standards, Wancher will refuse the return, and send back the products to the customer or recipient after informing the customer about the case. If the returned product satisfies the quality control standards, Wancher will process the applicable refund or exchange as soon as possible.

            Should you have any question, please feel free to contact us at info@wancher.com.

            彫漆 - Choushitsu

            彫漆 (Choushitsu) means "Carved Urushi" - a technique in which many layers of different Urushi are coated and then carved to reveal the underneath Urushi layers. This requires up to more than hundreds of layers of Urushi and takes even years to create.

            Hirota Urushi, Maki-e

            Hirota Urushi/Maki-e is the Japanese traditional Urushi/Maki-e arts hand-crafted by master Hirota Yoko (廣田洋子). Master Hirota's artworks are unique in designs and techniques which are hard to find among common Urushi lacquerwares.

            There are 5 main techniques normally used in master Hirota's art:

            - 布目堆漆塗 (Nunome Tsuishitsu Nuri) - Cloth-textured Urushi Lacquering

            - 彫漆 (Choushitsu) - Carved Urushi

            - 金箔 (Kinpaku) - Gold Leaf

            - 唐塗 (Kara Nuri) - Tang Urushi Coating

            - 乾漆沈金 (Kanshitsu Chinkin) - Dried Lacquer Gold Engraving

            Fountain pens from Hirota collection are handmade one by one and require years to create. Therefore, each design is limited to only 1-3 pieces.

            About Master Hirota Yoko

            With a great interest in traditional handmade crafts since elementary school, master Hirota decided to choose this path and developed a strong passion for Japanese Urushi-making traditions. Master Hirota now has more than 30 years of hands-on experience in making Urushi and Maki-e.

            Hirota's artwork focus on the stylish minimalism and durability of the objects. Either it's a pair of chopsticks that serve everyday meals or it's an ornament used in the palace, it must last long and express aesthetics of Japan's art.

            Background of master Yoko Hirota:

            1988: Graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design

            1991: Completed research course at Kagawa Prefecture Urushi Art Institute; Selected for Japan Traditional Lacquer Art Exhibition

            1993: Graduated from Kagawa Prefecture Urushi Art Institute; Fukuoka Art Exhibition First Prize

            1994: Fukuoka Art Exhibition Board of Education Award; Selected for Japan Industrial Arts Association Western Art Exhibition

            1995: Selected for Japanese Traditional Crafts Exhibition; Western Crafts Exhibition Urasoe Mayor's Award

            1996: Buzen City Cultural Merit Award

            1997: Seibu Crafts Exhibition Award of Mayor of Urasoe

            1998: Fukuoka Art Exhibition West Japan Newspaper Award

            1999: Became a member of Fukuoka Art Association; Certificated as a regular member of Japan Crafts Association

            2004: OAB Oita Asahi Broadcasting Award at Western Crafts Exhibition

            2005: Oita Mayor's Award at Western Crafts Exhibition

            2006: Solo Exhibition at Buddha Museum

            2008: Western Traditional Craft Exhibition Asahi Welfare Culture Corporation Award

            Specifications

            Material & art: Ebonite, Urushi

            Filling mechanism: Converter or Cartridge (European International Standard)

            Nib: #6 Jowo stainless steel, Wancher 18K gold

            Feed: Plastic, ebonite black, ebonite red

            Compact air-tight cap: Preven dried-out ink problem

            Size & Shape

            Packaging

            Traditional Japanese Wooden Box + Cartridge & Converter + Instructional Materials

            Shipping

            COVID-19 Updates:

            Currently, our team are still working and our online shop is accepting orders as normal. Your orders will be shipped using Japan Post (Standard) or DHL (Express). For some countries where Japan Post's services are suspended, only DHL express shipping method will be available.

            • Countries where Japan Post's services are suspended:
              • United Arab Emirates/ Afghanistan/ Antigua Barbuda/ Anguilla/ Albania/ Armenia/ Angola/ Argentina/ Australia/Azerbaijan/ Bosnia/ Barbados/ Bangladesh/ Burkina Faso/ Bahrain/ Burundi/ Benin/ Bermuda/ Brunei Darussalam/ Bolivia/ Brazil/ Bahamas/ Bhutan/ Botswana/ Belarus/ Belize/ Canada/ Congo Dem.Rep/ Centrafrique/ Congo Rep/ Cote Divoire/ Chile/ Cameroon/ Colombia/ Costa Rica/ Cuba/ Cape Verde/ Cyprus/ Djibouti/ Dominica
              • Dominican Rep/ Algeria/ Ecuador/ Eritrea/ Ethiopia/ Fiji/ Falkland Is/ Micronesia/ Faroe Is/ Grenada/ Georgia/ French Guiana/ Gibraltar/ Greenland/ Gambia/ Guinea/ Greece/ Guatemala/ Guinea-Bissau/ Guyana/ Honduras/ Haiti/ Ireland/ Israel/ India/ Iraq/ Iran/ Jamaica/ Jordan/ Kyrgyzstan/ Kiribati/ Comoros/ St Christopher/ Kuwait/ Cayman Is/ Kazakhstan/ Lao/ St Lucia/ Lesotho/ Libyan Arab/ Morocco/ Moldova/ Montenegro/ Mali/ Mongolia/ Martinique/ Mauritania/ Montserrat/ Malta/ Maldives/ Malawi
              • Malaysia/Mozambique/ Namibia/ New Caledonia/ Niger/ Nicaragua/ Nepal/ Nauru/ Oman/ Peru/ French Polynesia/ Papua New Guinea/ Pakistan/ St Pierre And Miquelon/ Pitcairn Is/ Puerto Rico/ Paraguay/ Reunion/ Romania/ Serbia/ Rwanda/ Saudi Arabia/ Solomon Is/ Seychelles/ Sudan/ Slovakia/ Sierra Leone/ Senegal/ Somalia/ Suriname/ South Sudan/ Sao Tome/ El Salvador/ Syrian Arab Rep/ Tristan Da Cunha/ Turks & Caicos/ Chad/ Togo/ Tajikistan
              • East Timor/Timor-Leste/ Turkmenistan/ Tonga/ Trinidad Tobago/ Tuvalu/ Ukraine/ Uganda/ United States/ Uruguay/ Uzbekistan/ Vatican/ St Vincent/ Venezuela/ British Virgin Island/ United States Virgin Island/ Vanuatu/ Wallis & Futuna/ Wake Island/ Samoa/ Kosovo/ Yemen/ Serbia Montenegro/ South Africa/ Zambia/ Zimbabwe
            • Currently we are not able to ship to some places:

              • Kerala, Uttar Pradesh (States of India)
              • North Korea
              • Russia

                Shipping rates are as follow (you will also be able to see shipping method and fee applicable to your order during checkout):

                Worldwide Shipping by Japan Post and DHL
                • The order amount below is the Total Order Amount after applying discount.
                • Track your order here:
                Order less than 300 USD
                • Standard (5~20 days): 10.00 USD

                • Express (4~10 days): 25.00 USD

                Order between 300 USD - 600 USD
                • Standard (5~20 days): FREE
                • Express (4~10 days): 25.00 USD
                Order from $600 USD
                • Standard (5~20 days): FREE
                • Express (4~10 days): FREE
                Special Notice

                      Delivery varies by destination. It might also be prolonged upon special request of customization or pre-order.

                      Orders which are placed during weekend or national holidays will be processed on the following business day. Handling time for orders with in-stock items is 3-5 business days.

                      The expected shipping date for pre-order items will be different from the normal orders of in-stock items. Please refer to product page or our notification email for a shipping update of your pre-order.

                      Free Gift Bag

                      All purchases at www.wancherpen.com are presented with Wancher's original packaging. We believe that you will love to receive your items in the most beautiful form so there will be a gift bag attached to your package.
                      In order to ensure that your item always reaches you with no damage during the shipping, some packing material may still be included inside the box.

                      Should you have any question regarding the shipping, please feel free to contact us here or send emails to info@wancher.com.

                      Warranty & Returns

                      STATIONERY & WRITING INSTRUMENTS

                      Your WANCHER® writing instrument has been manufactured with scrupulous workmanship and finest quality materials. Our production method includes numerous quality controls applied to every step of the creation of the product. The strict quality control ensures that the product you have chosen will be as functional as it is beautiful.
                      Your WANCHER® writing instrument is guaranteed for one year from the date of original purchase against defects in materials or workmanship*.
                      If found to be defective in material or workmanship under normal use anytime within the warranty period, your WANCHER® product will be repaired or replaced free of charge.

                      *Products priced under $100 is not eligible for warranty.

                      This warranty does not cover:

                      • Routine maintenance or damage resulting from the failure to maintain the product in accordance with instructions provided by WANCHER
                      • Ordinary wear and tear arising from use of the product, or damage caused from accidents, misuse, abuse, unauthorized service and the use of refills or inks which doesn’t meet the instruction.
                      • The variations in texture and/or color of some certain natural materials, such as: wood, Ebonite, coating, lacquer, etc. These are not defects, but rather natural attributes which bring beauty and uniqueness to each product.

                      If you have purchased your Wancher® product from a retailer and feel the item has a manufacturer's defect, please contact your retailer and return them to the place of purchase.

                      Should you have any question, please feel free to contact us at info@wancher.com.

                      LEATHER GOODS

                      Subject to applicable conditions and exclusions, leather goods are protected from the original date of purchase by a six-month limited warranty (proof of purchase required). If the leather good proves to be defective in material or workmanship under normal use anytime within the warranty period, we will repair or replace the item free of charge with same or comparable product. Defective leather goods will not be returned to customer.

                      The variations in color and texture are the prized characteristics of beautiful tanned leather. Over time, the leather will acquire a patina and may also darken due to the oils from your skin and direct sunlight, further enhancing the natural look of your handbag or small leather item. Please refer to our Product Care Guidelines for further information on caring for your handbag or small leather item.

                      Conditions and Exclusions:

                      • The warranty does not cover damages arising from dye transference, accidents or misuse, or from any alteration, service or repair performed by any party other than Wancher Inc.
                      • If you have purchased your Wancher® product from a retailer and feel the item has a manufacturer's defect, please contact your retailer and return them to the place of purchase.
                      • Wancher Inc. does not offer a guarantee or repair service on merchandise purchased from an off-priced retailer or unauthorized retailer.
                      • Should you have any question, please feel free to contact us at info@wancher.com

                      Free Returns and Exchanges

                      Wancher is committed to making your shopping experience a success. If you are not 100% satisfied with your online purchase, we will happily accept returns for a full refund or exchange any Wancher products purchased on the website for up to 30 days following delivery.

                      Proof of purchase or packing slip invoice is required for reimbursement of the full purchase price. In all cases, refunds will be made in the form of the original payment.

                      In case that the return product is not a damaged or defective item and/or because of personal reasons/preferences, we will deduct the original shipping fee and 5% re-stocking fee from the refund payment.

                      Returns and exchanges are subject to the following terms and conditions:

                      • Product must be returned in a new and unused state, in perfect condition with the Wancher original box or package, including all accessories and documents (if applicable). Wancher will not accept any return if the product shows signs of wear, or has been used or altered from its original condition in any way.

                      • Personalized products cannot returned to Wancher for exchange or refund.

                      • Writing instruments that have been inked, as well as bottles and refills that have been opened, cannot be returned to Wancher.

                      • If you have received free items as part of your order, they must be returned with the products unless you receive different instruction from our representatives.

                      • All returns will be subject to strict quality control by Wancher to ensure that the returned products satisfy these requirements. If the products do not meet the quality control standards, Wancher will refuse the return, and send back the products to the customer or recipient after informing the customer about the case. If the returned product satisfies the quality control standards, Wancher will process the applicable refund or exchange as soon as possible.

                      Should you have any question, please feel free to contact us at info@wancher.com.


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