Sơn Mài - Colors of Art
Important Note: Son Mai is an extremely complicated and painstaking process where every single step, from scratch to finish, is handled by hands. Therefore, distinctive traces such as dots, brush traits, or uneven surfaces, can be observed in the final product. This unique characteristic is an aesthetic factor of Son Mai, making each pen an one-of-a-kind artwork of your own.
About Son Mai
Son Mai (Sơn Mài) painting is made with lacquer created from resin of Cay Son (Cây Sơn) tree (known as Rhus succedanea) grown in Phu Tho, Vietnam. In this technique, many layers of lacquer are applied, left to dry, and polished over many months or even a year. Precious decoration materials such as gold, silver, seashells, or eggshells are also used together in the application process.
However, what makes this technique so different from others is the Mài - grounding step. In Son Mai, the final image is fully revealed only after the lacquer layers are ground back. Therefore, the work of making Son Mai is unpredictable, arduous yet rewarding if the artist is persistent until the end.
About Artist Phan Hong Thuan
Starting the journey with Son Mai since when still being a college student, Phan Hong Thuan is one of the very few young artists in Vietnam choosing to follow this path. In 2005, Phan Hong Thuan graduated from Hue University of Arts and has been practicing to master Son Mai since then. Starting with a small gallery in Pho Tay, Hue, Phan Hong Thuan now owns a huge collection of unique Son Mai paintings of various styles.
Phan Hong Thuan's Son Mai work tends to re-express this historic traditional craft in an unexpected style that has a closer connection to today's world while still strictly follow the principles of Son Mai's making process.
Collection: The Vietnamese Soul
Inspired by Hue's imperial architectural decorative arts, The Vietnamese Soul is a series dedicated to the development of traditional art throughout Vietnam's history. Each edition depicts not only splendid colors of Vietnam's landscapes but also the flow of times through the eyes of an artist who represents the young generations in Vietnam.
Every single fountain pen in this collection is crafted with the original idea and imagination of artist Phan Hong Thuan. They are limited to only 1 piece each and will never come back in the future.
Base material: POM
Art: Son Mai
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
Length: 154.2 mm (with cap), 135.5 mm (without cap)
Diameter: 15.5 mm (max)
Weight: 30 g (with cap), 20 g (without cap)
Traditional Japanese Wooden Box + Pen Kimono + Instructional Materials + Converter + Cartridge
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- All writing samples in our Nib comparison are tested with Plastic feed. The Ebonite feed will have a wetter ink flow and a more consistent line width.
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Jowo Stainless Steel
From April 2022, the design of Jowo Stainless Steel Nib will be gradually altered, yet there will be no change with the Wancher logo on all nibs.
Wancher Sunset Matama Stainless Steel
Sunset Matama Stainless Steel is Wancher in-house Semi-flex Hard nib with Japanese Fine size.
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Wancher 18K Gold
18K nibs are only available with plastic feeds.
Wancher 21K Gold
The Wancher 21K Gold nib is only available for Wancher Exclusive Design models.
Schmidt Stainless Steel
Kunisaki Glass Dip Pen has a tipping size between Fine and Medium nib size (European standard size). The nib writes smoothly on any kinds of paper that is compatible with fountain pens and glass pens.