Namiki Chinkin Crane Tsuru
Cranes are commonly seen in nature in Japan. Namiki illustrates the beauty and elegance of this beautiful bird with the ancient art of Chinkin 沉金 whereby lines and dots are scrapped by a metal scrapper and then inlay with gold powder before the final application of natural lacquer.
The contemporary illustration of Namiki Chinkin Crane (Tsuru) Fountain Pen is with denbori (dot chinkin) which gives it perspective and simple form. With the skillful hands of artisan from Namiki studio, Kokokai 国光会, the Namiki Chinkin Cranes brings about the air of sophistication and gracefulness in the hands of the user.
Namiki is the surname of Ryosuke Namiki, the founder of the Pilot, named Namiki Manufacturing Company until 1938 when it became Pilot Pen Co., Ltd.. The brand name Namiki came to fame in the early 20th Century when Dunhill retailed in the west the Maki-e pens produced by Pilot under the brand Dunhill-Namiki. This partnership has continued to the present day (occasionally Namiki makes a Limited Edition for Dunhill) although Namiki has always been owned by Pilot.
The premium Namiki ranges include the Emperor Collection, Yukari Royale, and Yukari Collection, and this is the brand used by Pilot to sell their the high valued Maki-e pens worldwide.