Japan has wonderful traditional crafts all over the country. Among these, the technique of applying urushi lacquer on lacquerware is found throughout Japan. We will take a look at Wajima lacquerware in this installment. Wajima lacquerware is produced in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, and its history is said to date back to the Heian period (794-1192). One of the techniques of Wajima lacquerware is the uwanuri technique using the highest quality lacquer, with chinkin gold-inlaid lacquerware and maki-e gold lacquer techniques used for decorations. The uwanuri technique and maki-e gold lacquer technique ware used to create this fountain pen which expresses the beauty of gemstones. This is the Wajima Bijou. The border, cap top and barrel end of the main body are finished with lacquer and mother-of-pearl in colors reminiscent of gemstones. Each gemstone has its own meaning and this fountain pen has the power of the gemstones meaning embedded in it. Bijou means gemstone in French. This fountain pen born from the careful work of Wajima Maki-e lacquerware craftsman, is itself a coveted piece of art deserving of the name Bijou.
Here we have the Sailor Wajima Bijou Coral finish. The coral color "gemstone" represents fortune, healing and increased power in medieval Europe, coral was believed to be a gemstone of good fortune to repel evil spirits and protect events from start to finish. Coral which is a gemstone from the sea, the source of life, is also thought to have healing powers, and is said to increase life force and invigorate physical and mental energy.
Nib: 21K dual tone nib with special engraving
Section: gold IP finish (coral)
Metal parts: Gold IP finish (coral)
Cap ring inscription: (limited to 300 fountain pens in each color with serial number engraved)
Size: Body size: 18×129mm Body weight: 30.6g