Maki-e Unique Collection 2012: Maki-e Toledo

Front view

 Front view

No 4: Maki-e Toledo

Every Pelikan fan knows the Toledo model with the famous sleeve made in the Spanish Toledo style. What a fascinating idea to re-create this model with the Maki-e technique, building up the design with patience, gold-powder, and know-how until your finger tips can trace the design. A truly unique Toledo.

In general, the artist works about two to three hours a day on one particular pen. If you include the waiting time to allow the Urushi lacquer to dry, the Maki-e fountain pen Maki-e Toledo took one month to be created.

The Maki-e Unique Collection model "Maki-e Toledo" was created using a combination of the following Maki-e techniques:

The Togidashi-Maki-e technique

In this technique, the rare Japanese lacquer Urushi is applied in a multitude of layers which are polished many times. The design is drawn first with tracing paper and then with colored lacquer onto the surface of the fountain pen. It is then sprinkled with a multitude of lacquer-layers or gold and silver dust.

The Taka Maki-e technique

The artist mixes charcoal powder or gold powder into the lacquer, so that the pattern of the design is raised above the surface and a three-dimensional effect is created: If your thumb glides over the surface, you will feel the difference.


More Details

Artist:Mr. Mushu Yamazaki
Based on model:Souverän M 1000
Nib:18 carat gold, size M

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