Maki-e is the art of Japanese lacquer painting and is renowned for its beauty and artistry. The Pelikan “Japanese Umbrella” Maki-e fountain pen uses Togidashi-Taka-Maki-e that combines Taka-Maki-e and Togidashi-Maki-e.
The umbrella was introduced from China to Japan during the Heian period (AD794-1185). At that time, the umbrella did not have the shape of today’s umbrella, but it looked like a canopy. It was only during the Azuchi Momoyama period (AD1573-1603) that it became possible to close the umbrella.
The traditional Japanese umbrella is made of natural material such as Japanese paper, bamboo and wood. Thirty to Seventy bamboo bones are used to open and fairly spread the umbrella made of Japanese paper. When the umbrella is closed, it looks like a single rod with the paper folded inside the bones.
Today the Japanese umbrella is rarely used. You will still see it at special events such as Kabuki and Japanese traditional dance shows, or as rental umbrellas at traditional Japanese inns in sightseeing spots in Japan.
There are four Japanese umbrellas drawn in Taka-Maki-e, using techniques such as raden and kirigane. Rain is expressed using many narrow pieces of mother of pearl.
The “Japanese Umbrella” is a masterpiece that combines the craftsmanship of Pelikan Germany based on 180 years of tradition and technology coupled with superior Japanese traditional Maki-e painting techniques. Each pen has the Pelikan logo on the crown, a limited edition number and the artist’s signature drawn in by hand using Maki-e techniques.
Each fountain pen is equipped with a two-tone 18kt gold nib and is encased in a traditional Japanese pen box made of paulownia wood. The Limited Edition "Japanese Umbrella" is limited to an edition of 123 pieces worldwide. Each pen is individually numbered and signed by the Maki-e artist.
Based on the M1000 body, the smooth operating piston mechanism allows you to fill this pen with bottled ink. An ink window allows you to see your ink level.
- Fountain Pens
Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.
- Cap Rotations
For pens with a screw-cap closure, how many rotations it takes to uncap/recap the pen.
- Cap Type
How the cap is opened/closed from the barrel of the pen. Some common options include Snap-Cap, Screw-Cap, Magnetic Cap, or Capless (no cap).
- Compatible inks & refills
Which ink this pen will accept. Choices include bottled ink and various styles of pre-filled ink cartridges.
- Bottled inks
- Filling Mechanism
How the pen fills with ink. Click here to watch our video tutorial on common filling mechanisms.
- Grip Material
- Nib Size
- Nib Color
- Nib Material
- 18kt Gold
Whether or not the cap fits securely onto the back of the barrel when open.
Whether or not the nib/tip can retract into the body of the pen (usually for click or twist-open style pens).
- Diameter - Body
- 14.0mm (0.55in)
- Diameter - Cap (without clip)
- 16.0mm (0.63in)
- Diameter - Cap (with clip)
- 19.0mm (0.75in)
- Diameter - Grip
Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.
- 12.0mm (0.47in)
- Length - Body
The measurement from the back end of the barrel to the tip of the nib.
- 135.0mm (5.31in)
- Length - Cap
- 70.0mm (2.76in)
- Length - Nib
The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.
- 27.0mm (1.06in)
- Length - Overall (Closed)
- 146.0mm (5.75in)
- Length - Overall (Posted)
When the cap of the pen is posted onto the back of the pen body, this is the measurement of the entire pen including the nib.
- 177.0mm (6.97in)