Gold is on the rise!
A friend in Japan was able to get me a few new pens last week and one of them is this beauty. The Platinum Kanazawa-Haku Momi Chirashi (Gold Leaf) Ascending Dragon. The design was inspired by a folding screen painted by Sotatsu Tawaraya in the 17th Century (Edo Period). The Maki-e (蒔絵) technique is slightly different from western gold leaf as the gold is torn into tiny bits and sprinkled on with a special Kebo brush. The pen uses Platinum’s 3776 Century nib with the slip and seal cap – designed to keep the ink from drying out when used only once or twice a year.
The pen I got came with the broad #3776 14k gold nib and it’s perfect – nice and wet yet still delivering crisp edges and that trademark Platinum “feedback”. It does not have much flex (writing sample below), but I wanted a good base to get an italic or architect grind and this is perfect. The nib is similar to other 14k Century models with “#3776” the Platinum “P” 14k and B (Broad) all engraved on the nib, with the breather hole stamped out in a heart shape.
The base of the pen body is resin with the layers of gold leaf applied over it. This layering is not uniform and creates a nice texture to the body. Light plays off the flat gold texture, transitioning from dark spots to light ones across the pen. The Dragon is painted over the gold in layered black, silver, green and brown. The cap features the traditional gold colored 3776 clip which is subtle yet very functional and fits the overall design quite nicely.
The grip has a slight transition right before the nib, giving you a solid grip on the pen. It is a screw cap that is push to post, but the Century has a long cap so the pen feels best un-posted. Overall weight is 18.8g with the body and inked convertor at 10g. Length is 139.5mm or 5.5″ capped and 159mm or 6.25″ posted. Honestly I would be a bit nervous posting this – constantly worrying about hurting the finish.
The packaging is a balsa type wooden box with burgundy colored felt liner. It comes in an outer box designed to look like Un-Ryu paper. The pen also comes with Platinum’s gold convertor and a standard Platinum cartridge.
I have a love of Asian art, especially dragons and so this one is a real beauty in my opinion. It’s currently loaded up with some Diamine Sargasso Sea and waiting for a decision on which grind to get – what would you go with? Or would you leave it as-is?