Pelikan Limited Edition Fantasia Makie Fountain Pen
With this latest Limited Edition, Pelikan launches a Maki-e fountain pen that is both unusual and stunningly beautiful. Instead of the more typical landscapes, the Fantasia depicts a traditional Japanese design caleld “Komon Pattern”, which is commonly used for elegant Japanese Kimonos. Eight hexagons with eight different styles create subtle colour combinations that delight they eye due to a wealth of details, all painted with painstaking love. The hexagons are surrounded by cherry blossoms in a reddish golden colour which are based on a varying background that is painted with the “Byakudan-Nuri” technique, using gold leaf and clear lacquer. Due to this technique, the lacquer shimmers with surprising depth in a red and orange glow when you turn the fountain pen in your hands.
For the Pelikan Maki-e fountain pen Fantasia, the elaborate Kaga Togidashi-Taka-Maki-e technique was used. It is a materpiece that combines German craftsmanship, based on over 175 years of tradition & technology, with superior Japanese Maki-e painting techniques which are renowned all over the world.
The Pelikan logo on the crown, the Limited Edition number, and the artist’s signature are all drawn by hand, using the Maki-e technique. This series is limited to only 88 pieces worldwide. Each fountain pen has an 18 carat, bi-colour gold nib and is encased in a traditional Japanese pen box made of Paulownia wood.
Pelikan is a Malaysian company that manufactures fountain pens in Germany and Spain as well as other writing, office and art equipment. Credited with the invention of the differential-piston filling method, the original company was founded in Hanover in 1832 before it went bankrupt and restarted. Pelikan A.G. is now a Malaysian owned, Swiss incorporated subsidiary of Pelikan International.
The notable history of Pelikan began with the model “100” and the modified 100N (both fountain pens), which sparked the genesis of the company’s distinctive styling.
Pelikan is notable adherence to tradition in pen manufacturing, preserving the then innovative methods and styles of its founding company. Pelikan’s newer lines of re-released pens have deviated very little except to vary the sizes and coatings. It still manufactures many pens using cellulose acetate, instead of the more modern plastics used by most other major pen makers.