March 28, 2017

New Release of Three Models of Bamboo Weaving Fountain Pen
from Izumo Brand Made Through Highly Skilled Craftsmanship

A unique fountain pen made with finely woven bamboo

Release on April 1, 2017

Platinum Pen Co., Ltd (Headquarters: Tokyo, President: Toshiya Nakata) will launch bamboo weaving fountain pens gGozame (Ankokushoku/Benikabairo)h and gYokoajiro (Torafudake)h from the Izumo brand. The barrel of these new models is woven by traditional craftsmen using bamboo.

The history of bamboo craft is old and has been closely involved in the lives of Japanese people. The craft techniques, which gradually enhanced its value, have been passed down by traditional craftsmen. The main feature of the bamboo weaving fountain pen is the barrel whose beautiful decoration is created through a finely woven bamboo. It also adopts a first linear design in Izumo brands. The weaving design provides a beautiful retro-chic look as well as a smooth fit to your hands.

ƒ About the manufacturing process „
Numerous processes are necessary to make the bamboo strips. After selecting the right bamboo, a boiling process called aburanuki is used to make the material durable. After this follows the three steps; arawari, habatori and senhiki. Finally, 36 bamboo strips of an even width (approximately 2mm in width and 0.2mm in thickness) are used to weave the barrel. The two models of Gozame are dyed and thereafter coated with sabiurushi, while Yokoajiro Torafu is simply coated with urushi over the bamboo strips.
  Manufacturing process@(click the Video button)  

ƒ About Torafudake (tiger-spotted bamboo) „
A type of bamboo parasitized by bacteria called torafukin, creating the characteristic black spots, which has been prized since the Edo period for its beautiful spotted pattern.

#15 Benikabairo #1 Ankokushoku #10 Torafu

Izumo Bamboo Weaving Fountain Pen
gGozameh Ankokushoku/Benikabairo
gYokoajiroh Torafudake
œProduct number: PBA-120000Y #1 Ankokushoku, #15 Benikabairo
PBA-120000G #10 Torafu
œSpecifications: Body (POM); barrel, casing (bamboo);
upper ring and body screw (black chrome plating on brass);
grip (AS resin); grip protection ring (gold plating on stainless steel)
œPen nib: 18K gold wide (Fine, Medium, Broad)
œSize: 136.5mm full length, 15mm (max. diameter)
Average weight 30g
œAccessories: Ink bottle (30cc), one cartridge ink, converter
pen pouch, exclusive box made of paulownia wood

email ;intl@platinum-pen.co.jp