|The main cherry blossom on the cap|
|A golden band locates at the end of the cap.
One end inscribed “JAPAN.”
|The other end “PLATINUM.”|
For users of European fountain pens, the Japanese fine nib can be a bit scratchy at the beginning. Given that I practically etch words into paper, the fine nib could disturb the fiber of the paper, especially on regular or toothier paper. If I apply less press, the nib can glide with ease. For a nib that is that fine, it does not skip at all; the pen writes right out of the box. In fact, the more I use it, the more it grows on me.
If you can recall from my previous posts on other fountain pens, what maki-e does not have is that little bulbous part on the tip of the nib. I am unsure whether it is the 18K gold material or the type of nib that Platinum crafts, the nib has a bit of bounciness and flexibility when it writes. It does not flex as much as a flex pen, but the nib is capable of producing various width of lines. I am a proponent in pen contributes to the appearance of one’s writing. As you can see in the writint sample below, maki-e makes my usually messy cursive writing appears more delicate
|Ink: Pelikan Royal Blue
Paper: Rhodia Premium
So how fine is Japanese fine compare to other pens with fine nibs?
Even compare to another Japanese pen (though ten times more economical), lines produced by maki-e still appears a lot finer. In comparison, KawecoSport looks more like medium than fine. In my opinion, a Japanese fine might not be suitable for a beginner, especially if you are used to .5mm or .7mm rollerball; the fine nib will look like chicken scratch. It might be better to work one’s way up to fine nib, especially for a Japanese one.
Maki-e does come with a converter; in fact, it has a character of “gilt” printed in the middle. Here is the part that I found fascinating: the converter can be disassembled, which facilitate flushing and cleaning of the pen. When I flushed the pen for the first time, I disassembled the converter, use a Q-tip to absorb the residual ink accumulated at the plunge area, and rinse the entire converter thoroughly. To a person who is borderline obsessed with the cleanliness of the pen before filling another ink, this converter is a god-sent.
|Just twist the golden part, then everything comes apart!|
When I bought this pen, it was priced at $172, and with a $25 gift certificate from a fellow pen addict, it makes this pen somewhat affordable to me. The price, however, has increased since I bought it. The retailed price for this pen is $240, you may find it at Goulet Pens, as well as iSellPens for $190.
This pen comes with a converter, as well as a spare disposable ink cartridge.
For those who are interested in fine and high resolution pictures, as well as a thorough and technical review, click here for Brian Goulet’s review.
For those are you who are interested in gold leaf production, here are some links: