Maki-e Renjishi
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Fountain pen

Model Size/length in cm


Weight:  34,1 g

Kabuki is a traditional Japanese form of theater. Its origin is said to be from a series of performances by Izumono Okuni in Kitano Tenmangu in 1603 (the beginning of the Edo era). These performances became very popular in Kyoto, and for the last four hundred years have been established as a point of Japanese pride for traditional art. More recently, Kabuki has become popular abroad as well.

Maki-e Renjishi

The tale of Renjishi was written by Mokuami Kawatake. Based upon the moral story in which a parent pushes his children down into the bottomless valley with the intention of raising only those who are able to run back up from the valley. This story is regarded as the representative piece of Kabuki dancing, and truly touches the audience’s heart as it is performed by a real parent and son.

The climax of this performance is painted on the Pelikan fountain pen “Renjishi”, where the white-haired parent and the red-haired child dance together wildly as a perfect match.

Maki-e is a traditional Japanese technique to create ornamental lacquerware, and this technique was used to illustrate the “Renjishi”. In Maki-e, designs are drawn with lacquer using a special brush. Then gold foil, gold and silver powder are sprinkled or stuck onto the design. This careful and time-consuming process is repeated many times in order to give depth to the designs.

In 1929, Pelikan registered the patent for the piston mechanism, a new fountain pen filling system. This technique, refined and updated, is still used today. The Pelikan fountain pen “Renjishi” is a masterpiece with a finely chased 18-carat gold nib accentuated with a rhodium decor. The Pelikan logo on the crown, limited edition number and artist’s signature are drawn in by hand with the Maki-e technique.

Maki-e Renjishi
Maki-e Renjishi

With the honed experience of decades and excellent craftsmanship, the impressive fountain pen model Souverän 1000 is produced in Germany. And then decorated in Japan, thus creating a perfectly crafted product that is more than the sum of each part… a bit of magic has slipped into it.

Each fountain pen is encased in a beautiful traditional Japanese paulownia gift box.

Maki-e Renjishi

The “Renjishi”, released in the year 2010, is available in a limited edition of only 88 pieces worldwide.

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