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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Santos De Cartier Letter Opener

In the early day, the wristwatches were worn by woman as jewellery accessories. The men uses pocket watches. It was Santos Dumont who made popular the wrist watch among men.

Cartier made this propeller shaped letter opener to give homage to Santos-Dumont, the first performance pilot to wear a wristwatch. And ff course, it is a Cartier stainless steel case with 18k gold.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

SHJM 8 Budget Fountain Pen

We received an email from Nariko Tanaka asking us to give her a fountain pen so that she can experience the writing experience. We exchanged a few emails and invite her to join our monthly pen meet so that she can expeience different type of pens from our local community.

We highlight that fountain pen price range are very wide. The cost of pen range from a cup of black coffee at the local Kopitam to a thousands of dollars.

Friday, August 26, 2011

S.T. Dupont Chinese Lacquer


About two weekend back, I met a friend at China Square flea market. While browing at the flea market, I found a S.T. Dupont chinese lacquer gold dust roller ball shown here.

I examined the pen for a very long time. The rollerball pen tip is too far out and look funny. Initially, I was under the impression that it uses the wrong refill. I was wrong, it uses the S.T. Dupont refill.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mont Blanc Gaius Maecenas Limited Edition

Montblanc pays homage to Gaius Maecenas with the 20th edition of their Patron of the Arts series, who was a personal advisor to Octavius as well as a supporter of young artists.

While Maecenas has enjoyed immense wealth and political friendship as advisor to the Roman Emperor Augustus, he true passion was art and culture. This can be found in reference in the recorded patron in the history of the arts and culture. He is also the known symbolic figure and representative for cultural responsiblity and selfness commitment.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Namiki Limited Edition 2011 The Golden Rose

Namiki go back to contemporary theme for the 2011 Limited Edition, The Golden Rose.

Artisan Yutaka Sato san uses a combination of Togidashi-Taka (Burnished-Raised) Maki-e technique with Raden (Mother-of-Pearl) technique to crafted the Namiki Golden Rose. This is Sato-san first Namiki Limited Edition.

The rose flower is painted using the Taka maki-e and the leaves uses the Warigai (Cracked Shell Inlaid) technique with Aogai (blue shell) to create the necessary depth and contrast giving the necessary dimension to bring the roses alive.

The entire pen is in gold color and decorated with gold powder. You cannot see a spot of black.

This pen is presented in a Inden pouch within a leather-bound gift box with an embossed rose design on the lid. Inden is a Japanese traditional technique to draw a Urushi lacquer pattern onto the deer hide. We have not see the actual Inden pouch but we assume it similar to the one used by Sailor, but it may come in different design.

We don't really appreciate the use of leather in maki-e, but in this case (maybe) it go went with the contemporary theme.

This Yukari Royale size Golden Rose limited edition pen comes in 18K gold nib and a special golden rose ink bottle

It is limited to 150 pieces worldwide, and schedule to be available in November 2011.

Monday, August 15, 2011

William Henry Studio - Fossil Brain Coral Fountain Pen

The William Henry Studio products is now available locally thanks for the good people at Fook Hing Trading.

William Henry Studio is one of the well known brands within the knife community for designing and making the finest tools. They are know for theirseamless integration of classic natural materials.

The pen that first caught our attention was the Cabernet F8-1101 fountain pen. The pen barrel is made from the natural fossil brain coral.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Mont Blanc Joy of Mahatma Gandi Special Edition Ink

For those orange color ink lover out there who didn't manage to get a bottle of the orange ink launched as the Mahatma Gandhi Special Edition ink, Mont Blanc launched the same color this year (2011) as a Ink of Joy Special Edition.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Mont Blanc Ink of Friendship, Love and Joy

Mont Blanc has not been successful with their special edition ink locally based on the remind of the past special edition available locally.

Mont Blanc is trying out their luck again with their newly launch Special Edition ink. They label them as ink of Love, Friendship and Joy.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Krone Sherlock Holmes Limited Edition

Krone honors the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle using his most memorable character created, the indefatigable detective Sherlock Holmes, to craft a superb sterling silver writing instrument.

This unique solid sterling silver pen is intricately detailed with three-dimensional elements, to help you solve the mystery.