Namiki Limited Edition 2017 Toryumon Fountain Pen
Namiki Limited Edition 2017 Toryumon Fountain Pen with the rapids in a gorge that cuts through the Longmen Mountain in the upper reaches of the Yellow River in China have been called “Longmen” (Dragon’s Gate) since time immemorial. Legend has it that a carp that swam up through these rapids, was transformed into a dragon and ascended to heaven. This written episode gave rise to the expression “climbing the Dragon’s Gate” (“Toryumon” in Japanese). Even today, the story remains widely known as a tale, with a basis in historical fact, about overcoming difficult hurdles that lead to success even when beset with adversity. The Chinese proverb 鲤鱼跳龙门 comes exactly from this story.
Using Togidashi (Burnished) Makie and Taka (Raised) Makie techniques, depicted on the barrel of the pen each of the carp that have yet to climb the rapids quietly swimming in tranquil waters. The cherry blossom petals on the dazzling surface of the water are subtly expressed by the use of shaped Raden (Mother of Pearl), and the ripples cased by carp by gold powder and Togidashi Makie.
In contrast with the tranquil scene on the barrel, the front of the fountain pen’s cap, two carps that are tranforming into a dragon appear halfway and making intense efforts to climb the rapids are powerfully depicted in Taka Makie, high relief lacquer. On the back of the cap, the seven colours of a rainbow arching over the rapids are expressed in Raden, mother of pearl shells. Thick clouds and part of the body of a dragon peering through a gap in them as shown above the rainbow, depicting a scene that conjures the spectacle of a carp that has successfully climbed the rapids being dazzling transformed into a dragon and ascending to heaven. In this one fountain pen, a belief in a time to come when a target can be achieved and , expressed in the form of carp, depicted in a sumptuous scene of working incredibly hard to that end.
Only 99 of this limited edition have been produced worldwide. The Emperor vest type pen body has been decorated with Makie by the skilled artisan Masahiro. A precision 18-karat gold nib with rhodium accent and a superior ink delivery system ensure the first class writing quality and long lasting performance. The fountain pen comes in an exclusive gift box that is itself graced with a design of waterfall plunging from the sky.
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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.