Platinum 1978 Rare Model Handmade Obuchi "Phoenix" Pure Silver FP- 18WG NIB. This pure silver handmade and hand carved fountain pen for sale, called "Big Shine", was never offered in the Platinum catalog. It was made by famed. Silver and goldsmith master Obuchi Mitsumori. It's 100% pure silver.The requirement for special ordering this pen was well... See you had to have been born in 1901. The year the emperor was born. And that emperor was none other than Hirohito.
The emperor during WWII is also. Widely credited for leading the modernization of Japan in the 1960-70's.
Turning 77, called "kijyu", is a highly honored event in Japan. Being born the same year as the emperor made the honor even more special. The condition of the pen is outstanding. I could only find a few tiny surface level scratches when looking at the pen really close up.The artwork is clean and sharp. The 18K white gold nib is in perfect condition.
How this fountain pen was made is equally special. Platinum contracted famed silver and goldsmith master Obuchi Mitsumori of Obuchi Genki to hand make each pen. Obuchi Genki is renowned for its intricate pure silver and gold sculpture artwork.The name "Big Shine" is the name of their famous line of pure silver hand carved Japanese tea pots. I'm not sure why the pen is also called "Big Shine". Information is limited on this. It weighs 25.5g, more than most pure silver pens I have held this size. The images on the pen are two phoenix birds facing each other, surrounded by clouds. The phoenix, believed in Japanese legend to live forever, is used to symbolize the 77th birthday. The detail of the phoenix artwork is exquisite. Each feature of the bird's long tail is carved in vibrant detail. The Obuchi logo is visible in tiny detail below the birds. Obuchi Mitsumori carved the name of the person turning 77 on the back of the pen between the two birds' tail features. The clouds above and below the phoenix birds were made by a special mold that was acid etched and pressed into the silver. These clouds have incredibly intricate etch markings giving the pen a wonderful texture. You find yourself unconsciously rubbing your fingers along the pen. The nib is 18K white gold, a perfect color match for the silver.
This is a special pen. It's incredible to think it was handmade specially for each person turning 77 in 1978. And by silver and goldsmith Obuchi Mitsumori, a living master. It's a rare pen. This will make an amazing addition to your fountain pen collection.
Whether you collect vintage Japanese pens, handmade pens or works of art, I know you will love this pen. Model: 1978 Platinum Big Shine "Phoenix". NIB: 18-karat White Gold Medium Chuji NIB.Accents: Hand carved artwork and acid etching. 5 5/16in (135mm) capped/ 4 9/16in (117mm) uncapped/ 6in (153mm) posted. Weight: 25.5g posted/ 14.2g unposted. Many of my fountain pens are modern and vintage Japanese pens bought in Japan.
The item "Platinum 1978 Rare Model Handmade Obuchi Phoenix Pure Silver FP- 18WG NIB" is in sale since Monday, June 25, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Pens\Fountain Pens\Other Fountain Pens". The seller is "stchel2" and is located in Duluth, Georgia. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica.