Each of these valuable fountain pens is a piece of art, masterfully crafted by use of the Maki-e technique. All Pelikan Maki-e fountain pens are handmade, unique pieces created to last. The number of pens is strictly limited.
Maki-e is a traditional Japanese craft passed down from generation to generation. When translated, the name of the technique means “sprinkled picture”, a meaning derived from the fine gold and silver dust and, occasionally, also the dust of shaved precious stones sprinkled across the fountain pen. By using specially prepared Urushi lacquer acquired from the sap of the East Asian lacquer tree and finely ground precious metals, intricate motifs are created in an extremely laborious, time-consuming process. The coveted Maki-e unique collection is pure luxury.
The phoenix is surrounded by numerous meaningful legends, such as that it stands for the entire universe: The head of the phoenix represents the sky, the eyes the sun, the back the moon, the legs the earth and the tail is a planet.See more
“Snow, Moon, and Flowers” refers to winter snow, autumn moon, and spring flowers, which are natural beauties in three of the four seasons of Japan, and also conveys the tenderness in the scenery.See more
The fountain pen is named after a famous play from traditional Japanese Kabuki theater and show an important dancing scene.See more
Maki-e is a tradition-steeped, artistic craftsmanship in Japan, in which delicate patterns are sprinkled onto objects of all kinds. Mastering this intricate art form requires many years of intensive training as well as a high degree of skill. Using specially prepared Urushi lacquer - which is won from the sap of the Japanese lacquer tree - and different precious metal powders, filigree motifs are created in a very time-consuming process. The mastery of the artistic craftsmanship of Maki-e and its numerous techniques requires many years of intensive training.
Each Pelikan Maki-e fountain pen is a hand-made, unique piece of art - built for eternity. The material properties of the applied lacquers are unique. Despite its solid consistency, the hardened lacquer maintains a lot of its elasticity, which makes it durably resistant to cracking. This way, a Pelikan Maki-e fountain pen preserves the richness of its details, even after many years.