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Maki-e Gold Ballpoint Pen 1000 Cranes

Maki-e Gold Ballpoint Pen 1000 Cranes

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The Maki-e Gold Ballpoint Pen 1000 Cranes by Hakuichi is a true masterpiece of Japanese craftsmanship, embodying the spirit of tradition and elegance. Each pen is meticulously adorned with intricate cranes, meticulously hand-painted using the traditional Maki-e technique. The symbol of a thousand cranes represents longevity, happiness, and prosperity, making this pen not only a writing instrument but also a bearer of wishes and blessings.

Crafted by Hakuichi's skilled artisans in Kanazawa, renowned for its expertise in gold leaf production, this ballpoint pen showcases the timeless beauty of Japanese artistry. The meticulous application of gold foil adds a touch of luxury to every stroke, while the smooth writing experience ensures effortless use.

Detail

Size: W 0.5in x L 0.5in x H 5.5in / W 1.3cm x L 1.3cm x H 13.9cm

Care & Use

  • Keep Cap On When Not in Use: Always cap your ballpoint pen when it’s not in use to prevent the ink from drying out.
  • Store Vertically with Tip Up: Store your pen vertically with the tip facing up to prevent ink from pooling and clogging the tip.
  • Avoid Extreme Temperatures: Keep your pen away from extreme temperatures. Excessive heat can cause the ink to leak, and extreme cold can cause the ink to thicken.
  • Clean the Tip Regularly: Use a soft cloth to clean the tip of your ballpoint pen to remove any dried ink or debris that may affect writing performance.
  • Refill Promptly: Replace the refill as soon as it starts to run dry to ensure a smooth writing experience and to avoid damaging the pen’s mechanism.
  • Use on Appropriate Surfaces: Write on smooth, clean paper surfaces to prevent damage to the pen tip and to ensure the best ink flow.
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Spreading the Charm of Gold Leaf to the World

Gold leaf production in Kanazawa has a rich history spanning over 400 years. During the Edo period the city emerged as a prominent hub for gold leaf production, thanks to its conducive climate and high-quality water. These natural advantages, combined with the craftsmanship passed down through generations, allowed Kanazawa to excel in producing gold leaf. Today, Kanazawa produces 99% of Japan’s gold leaf, making it an essential contributor to the country's cultural and artistic heritage.

The meticulous process of creating gold leaf begins with melting a gold alloy at high temperatures and then hammering it into extremely thin sheets. This labor-intensive technique has remained largely unchanged over centuries, ensuring that each piece of gold leaf maintains the highest quality. Kanazawa's gold leaf has been used in various prestigious applications, including the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto and the Konjikidō Hall in Chūson-ji Temple. The city's commitment to preserving and innovating this traditional craft keeps the legacy of gold leaf production vibrant and significant in contemporary Japan.

Brand History

Hakuichi, a renowned artisan company based in Kanazawa, has been at the forefront of gold leaf manufacturing for decades. The city of Kanazawa, often referred to as the heart of Japan's gold leaf industry, produces over 99% of the country's gold leaf. Hakuichi's journey began with a dedication to preserving and innovating traditional crafts. Their products range from exquisite craft items to cosmetics and food products infused with gold leaf, showcasing the versatility and timeless appeal of this ancient technique.

Founded in 1975, Hakuichi has played a pivotal role in transforming gold leaf from a traditional craft into a modern industry. One significant milestone was their development of edible gold leaf, a product that has gained international acclaim. They have also made headlines for their luxurious gold leaf soft-serve ice cream, which has become a popular attraction for both locals and tourists. Hakuichi's commitment to quality and innovation has not only preserved a vital part of Japanese heritage but has also positioned them as a global ambassador for traditional Japanese craftsmanship​.