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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Sailor Dragonfly 蒔絵万年筆(蜻蛉)

In ancient mythology, Japan was known as Akitsushima, which means “Land of the Dragonfilies”. The Japanese love for the insect is reflected by fact that there are traditional names for almost all of the 200 species of dragonflies found in and around Japan. The japanese pronounciation of the word "dragonfly" and "victory" is similar, which symbolize “martial success”, but in general, they represent courage strength, and happiness, and they often appear in art and literature, especially Japanese portry (also known as haiku).


The Tonbogiri, which translation mean “The Dragon Fly Cutter”, is one of the three great spears of Japan.
The spear has a key role in the Japan's imperial regalia. It was once served the legendary Samurai, Honda Tadakatsu. It got it name from a tales that the blade of the spear was so sharp that a dragon was instantly cut into half when it landed on it.



The pen was decorated by Kousen Oshita using hira maki-e technique. There are one dragonfly on the cap and two at the barrel. Sailor is well known for making good nibs, which we believe will provide you with writing perfection just like Tonogiri for the Samurai. We also believe this is a value for money writing instrument that worth a consideration for the pen lover.

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