The Chinese Calendar is a lunisolar calendar, incorporating very characteristic elements of the Chinese traditions. Precisely, the year 2012 on the Western calendar is also called as the Jin-Shin. This means, the 29th year of the 60th year cycle in the traditional calendar.
In order to honour this event, Platinum Pens is producing a special and limited edition Fountain Pen: Maki-e Black Dragon in the dark. The name of this magnificent Fountain Pen, contains two Chinese characters (壬妊) which represent some important meanings of the the Chinese culture.
The Chinese character 壬, connected to 妊 , means a birth of life. 壬 is also the ninth Chinese character. From ancient times in China, the number nine 九 is thought of as very important and special, in part because of its closeness to the number 10, which is considered the best, as it represents the totality of the numbers. The nine 九 is used sometimes in China, for example the 九龍地区 Kowloon Area in Hong Kong City, 九霄云外 , which means Beyond the Sky or End of the Sky, and very famous word 九五の尊 , which means king or power itself.
This Fountain Pen has a distinctive personality. This is due to the material used in this unique production. The Platinum Jin-Shin Dragon Radiant Fountain Pen is produced in a limited number in just 150 pieces, of this fountain pen-line. It has a 14k nib with ruthenium coating, with three options of point (F, M, B) and a body made of Black Resin with Urushi Lacquer Technique. It’s size is 146 x 14,5 and a weight of 184g. On the black resin we can see a beautiful embossed Chinese motif. Specifically a dragon, which represents one of the most iconic images of China. Dragons mean a lot in Chinese culture. This animal represents the birth of life, so as the importance of the lightness and sky.
This unique piece is presented in a nice black wooden box with painted Chinese characters and a black kimono to protect the pen for many years.
This wonderful item is available at Iguana Sell for those interested in completing the collection, or bringing the wonders of Chinese culture to their everyday life. If you are interested in any other Platinum Maki-e Fountain Pen , feel free to visit our website for more information.