In celebration of its 20th anniversary, TACCIA welcomes the Empress Honeybee Maki-e LE: A true masterpiece of Japanese craftsmanship and design. Inspired by the incredible honeybees that bring life to our planet, this pen is made with the highest quality Japanese mother of pearl and New Zealand abalone. It showcases a striking Hirameji gold powder technique that brings harmony to this fountain pen from end to end.
The TACCIA Empress Honeybee Maki-e LE took over 2 years to develop, exquisitely capturing the queen bee in its glory bringing harmony and prosperity to the hive; a perfect way to celebrate this memorable milestone. This pen features an exceptional 18 carat gold King of Pen nib made exclusively in Japan for TACCIA pens.
Handmade by a renowned Japanese Maki-e artist, each pen takes months to create and refine using intricate traditional Maki-e techniques and processes. Only 20 of these breathtaking fountain pens have been produced, making the TACCIA Empress Honeybee Maki-e LE a truly inspiring collector’s pen. Made by our famous Maki-e artist, Sadaike san in Kanazawa city, Japan.
The pen fills with either a proprietary Sailor converter or Sailor ink cartridges; both are included.
Click here to shop all compatible Sailor ink cartridges.
- Fountain Pens
Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.
- Body Material
- Urushi lacquer with radem over ebonite
- 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, Proprietary Sailor ink cartridges
- Filling Mechanism
How the pen fills with ink. Click here to watch our video tutorial on common filling mechanisms.
- Cartridge, Converter
- Grip Material
- Nib Size
- Nib Color
- Nib Material
- 18k 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
- 17.2mm (0.68in)
- Diameter - Cap (without clip)
- 18.6mm (0.73in)
- Diameter - Cap (with clip)
- 21.5mm (0.85in)
- Diameter - Grip (mm)
Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.
- Length - Body
The measurement from the back end of the barrel to the tip of the nib.
- 134.3mm (5.29in)
- Length - Cap
- 71mm (2.80in)
- Length - Nib
The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.
- 26mm (1.02in)
- Length - Overall (Closed)
- 157.7mm (6.21in)
- Weight - Body
If a converter is included with the pen, this weight is reflected in the total.
- 28g (0.99oz)
- Weight - Cap
- 12g (0.42oz)
- Weight - Overall (g)
- Max Ink Capacity - Cartridge
The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using a cartridge.
- Max Ink Capacity - Converter
The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using a converter.
FAQs about Fountain Pens
How do I fill a fountain pen with ink?
It depends on the pen's filling mechanism, which you can find in the Technical Specs section above.
Here's a quick definition of the most common filling mechanisms:
- Cartridge - A small, disposable, sealed plastic reservoir that holds fountain pen ink. These come pre-filled with ink, and typically you just push to insert them into place and you'll be ready to write! Check out our quick guide here.
- Converter - A detachable and refillable ink reservoir that allows you to use bottled ink in a cartridge-accepting pen. Typically you will install the converter into the grip section, dip the nib/feed into the ink, and twist or pull the converter knob to draw ink into the converter. Here's a video for how to fill a cartridge/converter pen using a LAMY pen as an example.
- Eyedropper - A pen that utilizes the entire barrel as a reservoir for ink. Ink is directly filled into the barrel, allowing for a high ink capacity. Here's a video on how to do it!
- Piston - A type of filling system that uses a retracting plunger inside a sealed tube to draw ink into a pen. They are typically either twist or push-operated. These pens cannot accept cartridges or a converter, and only fill from bottled ink.
- Vacuum - A push-style piston that uses pressure to fill the large pen body with ink. They seal the ink chamber when closed, making it ideal for flying without risk of leaking. Check out our video on how to use a vac filler here.
Check out more info on these filling mechanisms including a video on how to fill each one on our blog.
How do I clean a fountain pen?
It depends on the filling mechanism, but it mostly comes down to flushing it out with water, and sometimes a little bit of Pen Flush if the ink is really stuck.
It's a bit easier to show than to tell, so we've put together a few quick videos showing you the process:
How often do I need to clean my fountain pen?
We recommend a good cleaning every 2 weeks, and any time you change ink colors.
Water will usually do the trick, but we recommend you use our Goulet Pen Flush if the ink has been left in the pen for a while and could have dried up, or when you’re switching ink colors.
My pen won’t write! What do I do?
First things first... make sure you have ink in the pen! Be sure that the ink cartridge or converter is seated properly in the pen, and that you aren't out of ink.
We always recommend you give your pen a good cleaning first, using our Goulet Pen Flush, or a drop of dish soap in some water. New pens often have some machining oil residue left in the feed, so a good cleaning often does the trick first.
If that still doesn't work, try priming the feed. This consists of either dipping your pen nib and feed in ink, or forcing ink from the converter down into the feed.
If it’s still not working after that, please reach out to us so we can help!
What's your return policy?
You can submit a return request within 60 days of your order date. You can read all our Return Policies here.
To initiate a return, please submit a request at the Return Portal. Our Customer Care team might reach out to you for more information.
Please note we are unable to accept a return of any Namiki or Sailor Bespoke fountain pen for any reason once it has been used with ink. Please thoroughly inspect and dry test the pen before use.