21 Aug '11, 11am

Pilot launches new limited edition fountain pen - the Golden Rose - Channel News Asia

Pilot launches new limited edition fountain pen - the Golden Rose - Channel News Asia

TOKYO: A new design, rooted in tradition. 1,500 years of history is inked on the look of the Golden Rose, which is the 24th limited edition fountain pen in the Pilot-Namiki collection. Namiki writing instruments are renowned for the Maki-e design, a traditional lacquer work technique used by master artists. 44-year-old Yutaka Sato is the hands and brain behind the craft. Mr Sato is from the Kokkokai, an esteemed Maki-e artisans group, which has only about 20 artisans. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to be a Maki-e artist. For Mr Sato, he spent four years in basic training and an additional eight years as an apprentice. Some of the key attributes to be a Maki-e craftsman are patience, and perseverance. One of the parts he has to work on is the pen's barrel, which is coated with 0.8 grams of gold. Mr Sato said: "We use gold powder. What's difficult is making sure ...

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