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Sailor 1911 Full-Size Rei 4th Series Fugamon-nuri Aomori Ochiguri-iro Fountain Pen

Sailor 1911 Full-Size Rei 4th Series Fugamon-nuri Aomori Ochiguri-iro Fountain Pen

The Aomori Fugamon-nuri Style of Lacquer Art

Aomori Prefecture’s Tsugaru region is highly recognized for fine Japanese lacquerware, but has a very cold climate which makes it difficult to handle Urushi lacquer.
This difficulty led to a centuries-long quest to perfect the art in a manner suited to the local climate, giving birth to the technique of layering multiple coats, called “kawari-nuri”.
Kawari-nuri can largely be categorized into 2 methods of Urushi lacquering.
The first method uses a combination of Urushi and other materials (e.g. mother-of-pearl, gold/silver powder and plant parts such as rice husk). The second uses various types of Urushi in multiple coats without mixing other materials.
Of the various existing styles, the “togidashi-nuri” technique is iconic of Tsugaru region’s lacquer art, layering Urushi a few dozen times, producing durable lacquerware with a uniquely expressive design.

The Fugamon-nuri style art that adorns these fountain pens is an original style developed by lacquer artist Hirokazu Shimamori, based on Tsugaru togidashi-nuri with a highly creative twist, fusing both of the aforementioned methods of lacquering.
By layering Urushi a few dozen times from the base coat, patterning coat, surface coat, gold/silver powder coat, to the top coat, each coat lends an artistic quality of its own that shines through when polished, creating lacquer art of refined sophistication.
These fountain pens are intricate masterpieces that embody the Japanese spirit of modesty and elegance, expressed through a serene and tactful design.

Artist: Hirokazu Shimamori


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