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Friday, January 28, 2011

Rumours, Rumours ... Pelikan M1005 Demonstrator Special Edition

For demostrator lovers, no collection is complete without the upcoming Peilikan M1005 Demonstrator.

You read it correctly, M1005!

A demostrator that is the same size as the Souveran M1000, the biggest pens in the Souveran series. This is called the Monster of the demostrator or The Demostrator.

It  is completely transparent. It displaying all of the internal workings of Pelikans differential piston mechanism. You don't need a good eye to view internal of the fountain pen as every components is bigger.

Every piece of the production machine used to make this Monster Demostator must be thoroughly cleaned so that not a single colour particle remains, in order to achieve the completely transparent barrel.

The hand crafted nib is 18 carat gold and coated with rhodium to give a silver impression. All of the rings and clip are made of 24 carat gold and plated with palladium, completing the silver finish to the pen

Cash tight. No worry. It will only be available in May, 2011.

Starting saving now and get yourself a The Demostrator of the decade.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Namiki Traditonal Toys - Hagoita

The Chinese New Year is about a week away. A lot of us are busy doing spring cleaning.

When we first saw the Namiki Nippon Art Traditional Toys Hagoita, it bring back some of good old memory when I was a boys. Hanetsuki was a game played by the girl during the New Year.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Rumours, Rumours ... Sailor 1911 Profit 30th Anniversary

Sailor 1911 Profit was sucessfully launched in 1981. Till date, it is still one of the best selling, and well loved fountain pen.

Sailor is launching a Brier wood Edition of Profit to market this significiant moment. The cap trim will etched with the memorial mark and serial number. This pen will only come in medium size 21k nib presented in a wooden box with a bottle of ink. This Brier wood pens is limited to 1000 pieces world wide. It will be available in March 2011.

No futher information about the ink bottle when we posted this blog.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Rumours, Rumours ... Luxury Pens Sales

Many thanks to Joel C. for sharing this information.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sailor Kamakura Bori - Hanabishi Limited Edition

Lacquer ware using the will known traditional wood craving technique Kamakura-bori has a history dated back 700 years ago when Kamakura (鎌倉市) was Japanese capital. Kamakura is a city located in Kanagawa prefecture, about 50 kilometer from south-west of Tokyo Japan.

During Kamakura glory days as Japanese capital, it was an important center of politics and culture. The people imported lots of Sung style culture from China. They blended Japanese traditional Buddhism arts technique into Sung style. That is the origin of Kamakura-bori.These objects were mainly seen alter fittings for Buddhist temples.

This traditional craft continue to grow in popularity during the the Momoyama (1578-1602) and the Edo(1603-1867) periods. Kamakura-bori became very popular because of the popularity of the tea ceremony.

During Edo period, the tea-caddies, incense boxes and incense burners are already decorated using maki-e lacquering technique. However, the elegantly designed Kamakura bori was also much loved and appreciated. Just like modern fashion, it has season. Toward the end of EDO period, people style changes to prefer simpler themes, which an emphasis on ‘Wabi’ and ‘Sabi’, two words which conjure up Zen-like style. The manufacture of Kamakura-bori started to declined.

Before we bore you to death about history of Kamakura Bori, we will stop here, and continue about it history in future. Let look at how it was made.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Pelikan Souveran M800 O3B nib

Last year, Pelikan released a Italic nib for the M800, but it price was about fifty percent more than the usual  model. As I am not welling to pay the extra, I decided to reseach into the possiblity of other nib that will give me a similar type of variation.
There are not many manufacturer that offer a wide range of nibs. I discovered the Peilikan O3B nib. This is not a popular nib and not easily available. It is not stock by local retailers. Hence, I will just have to order one.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Parker Premium All Black Special Edition

The Parker Premium Black Edition send a strong message to the pen industry that it is determine to leap forward as a leader to transform pens as a trendy accessories, very much like Swatch in Swiss watches industry when the quartz almost kill it.

The all black concept is not new. The watch industry had been using the 'all black' concept for almost 2 years now. Parker borrow the concept to leap forward with a new revolution of pen manufacturing

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Krone - Forbidden City - Emperor Qianlong 乾隆帝

In Anicent time, the dragon was a sumbol of Emperor of China, Son of Heaven.

Emperor Qianlong (乾隆帝) was Emperor Yongzheng (雍正帝) 4th son who succeeded the throne at twenty-five years old and ruled China 60 years. Many thanks to Emporer Qianlong, we get to enjoy reading some of the Chinese classic, and understand some Chinese culture.

The Siku Quanshu (四庫全書) was a project launched by the Emporer to document Chinese classic and cultures. The popular Chinese classic novel  A Dream of Red Mansions was completed during the reign of Qianlong.

During Emperor Qianlong life time, he wrote a few thousands poems. He was also passionate about traditional Chinese culture. Beside Siku Quanshu, he collected various kinds of artworks, including calligraphy, traditional Chinese paintings, books, antique bronze ware, ceramics and study articles among others to protect traditional culture.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Dragon Event - Montegrappa ICONS Bruce Lee

Following the Dragon Theme, Montegrappa take the lead this year to kick start the year with Dragon Event - the local official lunch of the Montegrappa ICONS - Bruce Lee Limited Edition coming  Friday at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore.
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Just for the launch night, a special produced Dragon pen will be available for auction and all proceeds will be donated to the Wufang Touch Busary to award outstanding Wushu atheltes  at Wufang School of Martial Arts in aid of their education.

Here is the details of the event:

Date: January 7th 2010, Friday
Time: 6:30pm - 10pm
Venue: Marina Bay Sandsm Singapore.
Lotus Ballroom, L4 (4D & 4E).
Dress Code: Formal suit

.Kindly RSVP by 3rd January 2011 with Jane Teo, Tel: 6270-0979

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Parker Duofold Dragon Maki-e Limited Edition

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Happy New Year 2011!

Parker timing is perfect; releasing a makie dragon limited edition fountain. Let start the year with this maki-e Eastern (Chinese) Dragon. In the east, Chinese Dragon symbolizes strength and power. It ward off evil spirits, protect the innocent and bestow safety to all that hold his emblem.