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New Izumo collection! After much waiting, Platinum Izumo “Shikkoku Chikuringunkozu” (Tiger In the Bamboo Forest) Fountain Pen Fountain Pen is finally here in Singapore. It is the latest addition to our Izumo series shikkoku collection, following last year’s release of “Kurikara-ken.” Gunkozu is a panel painting, believed to be the work of Tanyu Kano, in which tigers in a bamboo forest are drawn dynamically and with a unique style. On this fountain pen, a tiger with crossed front legs emerging from the bamboo forest is used as a motif. The illustration is drawn over the jet-black matte body with sumikoage taka maki-e technique, using charcoal powder, called shoen, in several layers to provide a three dimensional look. The shadow produced by the height of the charcoal powder layers gives depth to the image, so as the barrel catches the light, the illustration is enhanced. It is a fountain pen that embodies refined Japanese traditional craftwork, as the image of the tiger becomes glossier the more it is used. The Platinum Izumo “Shikkoku Chikuringunkozu” is fitted with an 18 carat gold, rhodium plated nib and a matt ruthenium finish to beryllium copper clip. Available in three nib sizes: F, M, and B. It comes with a single pen sleeve made from textured black crepe fabric, a 30ml bottle of blue-black ink, a blue-black ink cartridge and a converter in a special paulownia wood box.