MU002 Manu Propria Classic, boxed, Ishimeji. (Broad)

MU002 Manu Propria Classic, boxed, Ishimeji.  (Broad)
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Product Code: VINT_MU002
Price: £804.00
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MU002 Manu Propria Classic, boxed, Ishimeji. (Broad)

 Date: c2000s

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.  

MANU PROPRIA fountain pens are hand turned with a manually-operated lathe and hand lacquered, manufactured one piece after the other. The nibs used, are 18 kt (750) gold made in Germany.  Handling a MANU PROPRIA fountain pen will make you deeply appreciative of the workmanship and the attention to detail that goes into crafting each pen.  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.

An ebonite Fountain Pen with Urushi Lacquer Finish hand made to order. The "Clasic" design is just that - the classic cigar or torpedo shaped pen - this one is in the large size.  The cap is not designed to post - indeed, it would be far too heavy and long - it is removed completely, and the pen is perfectly balanced and a great size and weight to use in its own.  The hand applied urushi lacquer is called Ishimeji.  

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.

The 18carat gold nib is in a broad point.  You can unscrew the barrel to fit a standard International sized ink cartridge or a standard International sized ink converter.  A converter is already fitted to the pen.  In the large black box is a traditional white fabric pen pouch, and a certificate of authenticity.  

The current retail price of one of these pens is around £1500.00, so basically the cost of this pen is well under trade prices.  

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