Collectors of maki-e pens have definitely come across this book written by Mr. Tomihiro Murakami – “Dunhill Namiki and Lacquer Pens” – Maki-e Pens Guidebook.
Every pen and desk accessories within this book is a gem and took Mr. Murakami years to search, collect, catalogue and kept in safe custody. Tremendous amount of time and effort was expensed to ensure the owner of this collection is honoured to hold and claim ownership over it.
It took some time when he was approached to ask if he wanted to part with it. The affinity of this collection far exceeds the temptation of parting with it with a good price.
For some reasons, months later, he had decided to part with the entire collection because he had wanted to groom his son as a professional Go (a form of Japanese chess) player.
The rest of the times sounds like a movie. The pens eventually arrived in Elephant & Coral where for the first time, everyone in Elephant & Coral was stunted by the beauty and comprehensiveness of how these pens are being collected and safekept.
Like a surrogate mother, Elephant & Coral eventually still needs to pass on this beautiful baby to the rightful owner. However, the beauty and stunning collection of Murakami Collection forever lives in the mind of everyone in Elephant & Coral.