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£441
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3
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, May 28 2019 3:47 PM UTC +00:00

About

The Tamenuri finish is in many ways is the bread and butter of any urushi artists, yet it is one of those finishes that seems really simple in theory, and yet is very difficult to pull off

The tamenuri finish consists of multiple layers of vermillion, followed by multiple layers of Shuai, a transparent urushi. The shuai is then sanded down to create a smooth and even coating through which the red can be seen depending on the lighting and angle. The subtleties and complexities ensure that no two finishes are alike. The interactions of the light and the thickness of the urushi occur on 0.01mm level, make this finish near impossible to replicate accurately. This is my favourite finish.

I have two previous Kickstarter campaigns with urushi decorated pens. The first two pens that I released were very bright with a lot of sparkling gold. For this campaign I wanted to release a finish that demonstrates the subtlety of the urushi and the beauty within that is demure and classic.

What you will get in your back package

- A Tamenuri Pen

- A nib of your choice (depending on the nib package)

-A pen kimono

-A standard high quality converter

-A lovely box to keep your pen

-Maker Mark (恵) and backer number optional, these will be written on the finished pen in raised red urushi (you can specify in the survey)

Pen specifiations

Materials: Japanese ebonite from the factory in Nikko, Japanese Urushi from Kyoto (kiji, shu, shuai, kijome)  

Nib: Size 6 Bock Nib

Pen size: Cap L: 7cm W: 1.5cm tapering to 1.4cm. Barrel  L:8.5cm W: 1.4 tapering to 1.2cm

Thank you very much for taking the time to read through my campaign and please feel to ask any questions


Update:

Thank you to all of those who have watched the video, followed this project, and to the person who has backed this campaign. I really appreciate you interest and support.


After 72 hours into the project, I have decided to release a new finish, This finish is my own take on the classic tamenuri, it consists of asagi and kijome layers, however with each layer the ration of the kijome to the asagi is increased, creating a colour which could be blue, or it could be green. The final layer is rolled in a high quality flat silver powder. 

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Risks and challenges

The main risk is my choice to use urushi. Urushi is a natural material obtained from tree sap. It is very unpredictable and easily influenced by changes in the environment. Problems with urushi, especially in the final coatings, can set back the project significantly.

I run very small operation, and if I get more orders than anticipated or a very wet cold summer, there will be significant delays. I always keep backers in the loop with progress, however please also anticipate potential setbacks.

Urushi contains urushiol, the same substance found in poison ivy. Reactions to urushi when fully cured are are rare however they have been known to occur. Please do not purchase this product if you are particularly sensitive to poison ivy.

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    Pen Kimono

    A handmade pen kimono made with recycled Japanese kimono. The fabric choice will be random.

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    Pledge £220 or more About US$ 275

    Basic nib package - Early Bird

    A Tamenuri finished pen with a stainless steel, gold plated, bicolour or rose plated nib.
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    -Black box es as shown
    -Converter
    -Pen kimono

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    Pledge £300 or more About US$ 375

    Basic Nib Package

    A Tamenuri finished pen with a stainless steel, gold plated, bicolour or rose colour nib.
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    -Black laquered box
    -Converter
    -Pen kimono

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    Pledge £370 or more About US$ 463

    Early Bird Nib Upgrade

    A Tamenuri finished one with a 18K gold or 23k palladium nib
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    -Black laquered pen box
    -Converter
    -Pen kimono

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    Pledge £420 or more About US$ 526

    Nib Upgrade

    A Tamenuri finished pen with a 18K gold nib or 23k palladium nib
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    -Black laquered box
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