葆光庵

Fountain Pen

Urushi lacquer fountain pen recognized around the world

Matsuzawa Urushi Studio, founded in 2009 by Takuo Matsuzawa, is a new collective in the world of urushi lacquer art. He became enchanted with urushi while working as a local official promoting its production in Iwate Prefecture. Urushi is a natural sap with a history and culture spanning 9,000 years in Japan.

The urushi produced at Matsuzawa Urushi Studio has been adopted by Swiss brand Caran d'Ache for their limited edition fountain pens. It was first used in a commemorative pen for Pasternak, who wrote Doctor Zhivago. Since then, Caran d'Ache has continued to use our urushi in their pens, including the annual zodiac series released every January.

We not only sell raw materials but also apply urushi to various industrial products. However, we've taken an interest in fountain pens as well. Respected expert Matsuda Gonroku, renowned in Japan for his urushi mastery, likely used urushi from Iwate Prefecture where I live. This might also be true for Namiki pens he influenced.

Moving forward, we aspire to craft captivating fountain pens one after another.

We received a word of praise from Katsuhiko Takahashi, an author and ukiyo-e researcher, calling it "a fountain pen that he is proud of."

Products

Our handmade, meticulously crafted fountain pens aren't mass-produced.
We believe these unique creations will surely bring satisfaction to all.

Fountainpen
"Utamaro Patient Love"

喜多川歌麿「深く忍ぶ恋」万年筆「歌麿 ペイシェントラブ」

Works

  • duck

  • duck-raden

  • Showa

  • Utamaro

  • Raden

CUSTOM ORDERS WELCOME

Maki-e craftsmen with sufficient skill and experience are welcome to apply their skills to your writing instruments.We can also apply other items. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
If you would like to see examples of previous work, please contact us using the contact form below.

How to Order Custom-Made Fountain Pen Decoration

  1. Step1

    If you have a specific design or theme in mind, please email me the images. Email address: info@japanjoboji.com

  2. Step2

    If you wish to have a Japanese-made fountain pen decorated, we can source it for you.
    If you want decoration on a fountain pen you already own, please send it to us. I will provide the address via email.

  3. Step3

    Before beginning the work, we will issue a quotation, and upon approval, we will send an invoice.

  4. Step4

    We ask for a deposit of half or the full amount in advance.

  5. Step5

    The completion of the work will take approximately 3 to 6 months.
    We will inform you of the delivery date and will notify you again as the completion date approaches.

  6. Step6

    Shipping will be done via EMS.

the "Phoenix" Fountain Pen for the Revival of Wajima

               

In solidarity with Wajima’s path to recovery, we are crafting a unique fountain pen adorned with urushi, an embodiment of the resilient and regenerative spirit of the phoenix.

Click here for the project page
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