Sailor has just released a series of Arita porcelain fountain pens. There are 4 designs in Gen-emon Kiln models and the remaining 4 designs in Koransha models. This is the design of Sometsuke Shishi Karakusa Fountain Pen.Pattern of Shishi-karakusa (lion and leaf) are drawn by skilled craftsmen using "Dami" (skill of painting) showing a delicate harmony.Some 250 years have passed since Gen-emon kiln was established in Zemeki, Arita. Throughout those long years, Gen-emon kiln has preserved the tradition of "Old Imari" by producing beautiful porcelain which has attracted people of various time to Gen-emon. During its long history, there have been hard times such as the Meji restoration and World War II. The wartime was particularly hard because the entire nation was involved in national defense activities under a controlled economy.However, Gen-emon kiln was designated as an authorised kiln to produce artistic porcelain. The characteristic styles of Gen-emon kiln, which are highly regarded both in Japan and abroad, can be seem in its present products. One can see the simple, but free and easy style of Early Imari, plus the brilliant and dignified style of Exported Imari, which requires skillful brushwork. In addition, an original Gen-emon style based on the Imari styles has been established which successfully reflects contemporary tastes.The outstanding feature of Gen-emon kiln is that each product is formed and painted by hand, utilising the traditional techniques of Arita porcelain. Because of the difficulty of firing porcelain requires perfect work in each process, a specialised systematic process was developed here in Arita. In porcelain production, it is necessary for individual artisans to do their best work in their own areas of expertise. Areas of expertise include throwing, painting, glazing, and firing with everyone giving great attention to materials. Gen-emon kiln uses unique clay, glaze, fuel (Japanese red pine), and pigments. Gen-emon kiln porcelain is the culmination of creativity and effort involving the entire kiln. Because of the great deal of work involved in producing each and every pen, they are only made to order.The pens are fitted with a 21K large nib acknowledged as comfortable to write with. Cartridge/Converter filled and ink converter is included. Housed in a Paulownia case showing the name of Gen-emon Kiln and the pen. A bottle of black ink is included in this set.