Nakaya’s Venetian Moon Fountain Pen Is a Maki-e Masterpiece

Founded in 1999 by retired craftsmen from Japan’s Platinum Pen Company, Nakaya is a boutique pen maker committed to handcrafting and traditional Japanese artistic techniques. The company’s newest product, the Nakaya Venetian Moon, uses traditional maki-e lacquering techniques to render a scene of the canals of Venice at night. Nakaya’s artisans first apply a fine gold powder to create the background of the picture on the pen’s cap and barrel, and then use metal powders in different colors to add detail. The re…

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