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Old 01-11-2018, 05:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Manu Propria Pens - "Tamahagane-Nuri"

Ebonite pen with solid coating of "tamehagane" powder and urushi lacquer.

Tamahagane (玉鋼) is a type of steel made in the Japanese tradition. The word tama means "round and precious", like a gem. The word hagane means "steel". Tamahagane is used to make Japanese swords, knives, and other kinds of tools.


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Old 01-11-2018, 12:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Stunningly beautiful in its "stark" blackness !! . I like it !! . Well done, Martin !!

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Old 01-11-2018, 01:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Amazing! I love the lacquer - something I would love to learn in the future. I'm curious, does the cap post?
Seth, a 18-year-old learning from the experts.

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Old 01-11-2018, 10:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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A Most Splendid Pen Martin,
Glorious Profile, and Proportions
Magnificent Materials, the Ebonite Blank Base, with the Tamahagane Powder, and Urushi Lacquer.
Outstanding Concept, and Superb Execution.
Congratulations my Friend.
Turn that special piece of Timber you have been keeping.
Enjoy it for its true beauty.
Why leave it for others to enjoy without you?

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Old 01-12-2018, 05:24 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you for your comments. As mentioned earlier I am trying to exhaust the possibilities with urushi. This is the 105th lacquer technique I have developed. It is not everybody's taste but purist collectors of Japanese art appreciate things made from iron.
Urushi pens are not suitable to post caps.

Wishing a pleasant weekend

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