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First pen completed using silver urushi inlay technique ("fallen leaves")

by Admin_ Eureka_Admin 2021. 10. 20.

After much trial and error, the first pen using silver urushi inlay technique has been completed!

it took more than 2~3 months to complete, from the start.


some of the steps of the process:

-machining ebonite barrel, cap, grip, feed

-super urushi + tamenuri

-super precision engraving

-filling the engravings with silver urushi (Ag 99.9%)

-precision surface grinding to make the engravings and urushi surface equal.

-lots of additional polishing steps...


i couldn't believe it, but it really did take 2~3+ months

any mistakes along over hundred steps, are not acceptible.

it is very hard, but at the same time very rewarding.



additional information about the pen:

-ebonite material from japan

-various urushi from japan (I only use the highest of the highest quality)

-silver 99.9% (S. Korea)

-nib: platinum century #3776 M (I do additional nib point grinding to make it write smoother, nib surface polishing, -nib ink flow adjustment, nib tine adjustment)

-the ebonite feed has greater ink flow than the original plastic feed, also more resistant to drying when cap is open.

-cap: internal teflon grip protector, which prevents micro scratches that occur @ frontal grip section, when opening and closing the cap, over the years.

-ink reservoir: converter (replaceable), eyedropper

-the engravings are done after the urushi layers are accumulated. the engraving depth is deep, which reaches all the way down to the bare ebonite material. after that, silver urushi (silver 99.9%) is used to fill the engravings all the way. after that surface grinding + micro grinding + polishing + waxing.


there are so many steps of the entire process, but i am guessing around >100 steps.



Urushi technique used:

super urushi tamenuri ("pattern tamenuri") + precision silver urushi inlay 


impossible to capture its true look and feel with a camera.