As a lover and user of Japanese fountain pens, it has been my goal for the longest time ever to make my own fountain pens. In December 2013 I founded the MANU PROPRIA Fountain Pen brand, following the tradition of Japanese fountain pens using traditional ebonite material and urushi lacquer but with my own personal "Swiss" touch.
According to the term MANU PROPRIA „with my own hands“, all fountain pens are completely hand made by myself in my atelier in Bern, Switzerland.
The barrel, cap and sections are made from Japanese Ebonite and all fountain pens are finished with various urushi lacquer techniques, by myself as well.
Urushi is a precious and durable natural material. Urushi is very robust. An urushi-coated bowl can withstand the extreme temperatures of being used for hot soup every day. Its chemical resistance is also so high that even aqua regalis (nitrohydrochloric acid) which solutes gold cannot damage it. Urushi has a hardness of 6 on the Mohs scale, which is the same as that of glass. Lacquerware pieces have been found that date back 7000 years. The fact that they survived shows how durable urushi is.
MANU PROPRIA fountain pens are not something you can simply walk into a shop everywhere and buy. They are hand-turned and hand lacquered, manufactured one piece after the other. The nibs used, are 18 kt (750) gold made in Germany.
MANU PROPRIA pens are expertly hand-turned with a manually-operated lathe. Handling a MANU PROPRIA fountain pen will make you deeply appreciative of the workmanship that goes into crafting each pen, the attention to detail that I bring to my pens.
Each pen comes with a secret maki-e signature, tastefully and subtly placed on the barrel end.
MANU PROPRIA fountain pens will keep their value and are very hard to find on the secondary market. You will particularly enjoy the fact that you are using a pen that very few people will recognise or even own.
MANU PROPRIA fountain pens are not the most expensive out there, but are valuable because of their relative scarcity and the knowledge and craftsmanship that goes into making each pen.