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Sailor Koransha Somenishiki Yukennozu Fountain Pen
[SL-10-3053]
The Arita Porcelain celebrates its 400th Anniversary in Japan and in honour of this memorable occasion Sailor introduces this wonderful collection. The Koransha kiln was first founded in 1689 by Matashiro Fukagawa. It was then called Eizaemon Fukagawa and was one of the very first potteries to begin porcelain production in Arita. From its very beginning the company focused on making products for overseas export. The current structure of Koransha was established in 1879 during the era of Japonisme in the West.

Koransha has painted this pen with a delicate feeling of Koransha in the Meiji Era. Puppies are playing in a garden of chrysantemums.

Arita ware
The term Arita ware (Arita-yaki) refers to porcelain made in the town of Arita in Saga Prefecture. In 1616 the Korean potter Ri Sanpei discovered the porcelain mineral kaolin at Mt. Izumiyama in Arita and for the first time porcelain could be made in Japan. Back then porcelain ware made in Arita was shipped from a port in Imari which is why it was called Imari ware.

How Arita Ware Is Made
First, the piece is formed and after shaping and letting it dry, the green-ware is bisque-fired, which entails firing at a relatively low temperature (900癈). This lowers the danger of shrinkage and breakage during the next firing and the painted designs can be applied much more easily.
As an underglaze colour, gosu (a pigment of cobalt oxide) is used that turns blue after firing. First the patterns are outlined in gosu, and then paint is applied inside the patterns.
The bisque-ware is then dipped in glaze. As the glaze is a milky white liquid, the blue underglaze disappears at first, but when fired, the glaze turns into clear glass, making the surface glossy; you can then see the various patterns again. Due to such glazing, the ware becomes waterproof and easy to keep spotlessly clean.
After this, the ware is then fired at a high temperature of approximately 1300癈 using firewood or gas. The blue and white porcelain is finished after this firing process.
Then the piece is being "overglazed": this is a process, where, after firing, colors other than blue (red, green, yellow or gold) are painted on the porcelain glass surface. When painted on white porcelain, the overglaze is called Akae, and when painted on underglazed porcelain, it is called Somenishiki. In order to make the color durable after the overglazing, it is necessary to fire the ware in a special Akae or overglaze kiln at a temperature of about 700-800癈. Finally, the finished porcelain will be about 15% smaller than it was directly after shaping in the beginning.

This pen is not part of a limited edition, but due to the time involved in making each pen, only small quantities of these pens will be available. The pens are made-to-order, pleas allow for a waiting time of 2 to 3 months.

About Sailor Pen
Sailor Pen is dedicated to producing the most elegant and desirable Writing Instruments obtainable. Since 1911 Sailor Pen maintains the long heritage of quality and technical excellence and perfection.

The pens and nibs are made exclusively in Sailor磗 own factory in Hiroshima Japan using the best quality materials available. Sailor pens are regarded to many as the best writing instruments available in the world.

More information on Sailor nibs and materials used for the pens can be found by clicking here.

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