Kuretake Kindai Maki-e - Aka Fuji
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Together with Kuretake, we are determined to bring you the artwork of Kindai Maki-e in 18 designs that represents Japanese symbols, culture, and folklore.
To complete the fine artwork of artisans from Kuretake, we attach the nibs and clip as part of expressing our passion and stories in these fountain pens. With the utmost sincerity, we present you the traditional Japanese design and technology of the Maki-e Monogatari fountain pen for your own use or as a gift for someone else.
Kindai Maki-e and Ukiyo-e
Ukiyo-e is a traditional Japanese painting style that is published using silkscreen printing techniques, similar to Kindai Maki-e. Ukiyo-e involves ink-printing through stencils onto media such as woodblock and paper screens. The art of adhering the picture, to the surface is what makes Kindai Maki-e and Ukiyo-e are comparable. In 1860, this Japanese printmaking technique actually influenced the world-renowned impressionist painter, Van Gogh.
The design is inspired in part by the Japanese 17th century painting style known as Rimpa, which has influenced many artwork to date. It incorporates natural elements such as flowers, trees, mountains, and animals, which are also common in Japanese traditional paintings.
For the final touch, the design is coated with clear urushi to add extra protection for the gorgeous design.
"Aka Fuji" (Red Fuji) is a famous woodblock print by the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, who is best known for his iconic work "The Great Wave off Kanagawa." The print depicts Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, with a red sunrise in the background. Mount Fuji is an iconic symbol of Japan and has long been revered by the Japanese people for its beauty and spiritual significance.
In the print "Aka Fuji," Hokusai used vibrant red tones to depict the sunrise over Mount Fuji, creating a striking and dramatic image. The print is considered one of Hokusai's masterpieces and is known for its bold use of color and dynamic composition. The cultural significance of "Aka Fuji" lies in its depiction of Mount Fuji, which is a symbol of Japan's natural beauty and cultural identity. The print is also a testament to Hokusai's skill as an artist and his ability to capture the majesty of Japan's natural landscape.
The Monogatari Fountain Pen
The Making Process
The pen has a surprisingly thin and light body without compromising its durability. With a jointless body, the charm of Maki-e drawings is fully extended. To make the shape of the body, the craftsmen have to utilize a single aluminum sheet to forge it downward until it reaches the shape of a pen. To achieve a light but long-lasting pen, such painstaking technique necessitates both delicacy and strength.
The body and cap are made by squeezing the metal during the molding process, which requires arduous labor. As for the body, the beauty of modern Maki-e is reflected in its own story to tell.
The bullet-shaped Maki-e fountain pen, smooth and moderately sized, is compact, will fit comfortably in your hand, and is perfect for daily use. The nib size is available in Fine and Medium, also compatible with Kuretake's fountain pen nibs.
Method: Press drawing molding
Making technique: Kindai maki-e
Pen Size: diameter 11 x 137 mm
Ink-filling system: Eyedrop method, Cartridge, and Converter (European size)
Country of Origin: Japan
Nib Material: Stainless steel iridium point
Nib size: F, M
Country of Origin: Taiwan
*All parts are assembled in Japan
Wooden box, Cartridge, Converter
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