Size: Length - 6 3/4 inches capped; 5 3/4 inches uncapped.
This is one of my old shop stock pens. I have had it in stock for maybe 9 months, and it has spent all its time in its box so it is still in pristine condition. This pen is supplied with full manufacturer's warranty and is in all respects a brand new pen.
Kuro Ishimeji (black stone) is the term for lacquer imitating black stone surfaces. First the foundations and 4 intermediate layers of black urushi „nakanuri“ are applied. Every layer has to dry for 24 hours in the drying chamber „furô“ under constant temperature of 25°C and humidity of 80%. Before a new layer is brushed on, the previous layer has to be ground smooth. Then one thick layer of black „kuro“ urushi is applied and sprinkled with „kanshitsu fun“ dry lacquer powder. Three coats of black urushi follow. Every layer well dried but not ground. Then the urushi is slightly ground to create a stone like surface with abrasive paper and water.
One thin layer of high quality transparent black „roiro“ urushi is applied and dried. Then the final polishing process „roiro shiage“ takes place st- arting with „uwazuri“, rubbing transparent high quality „kijiomi urushi“ onto the surface and wiping completely off again with paper and dried in the furô for 24 hours. This process is repea- ted 8 times. Afterwards the lacquer surface is polished with rapeseed oil and polishing powder „migako“ and the finger tips. After the parts have been cleaned carefully, again „kijomi urushi“ is rubbed on and wiped off completely. After 24 hours the surface is again polished with rapeseed oil and „migako“ and the finger tips. Again „kijiomi urushi“ is rubbed on a last time and after 24 hours the lacquer is polished hard with „migako“ and soft deer skin or the palms of the hands to achieve the beautiful gloss.