Knifemaker Hidetoshi has been a netsuke artist for over 15 years. Netsuke are miniature sculptures that were invented in 17th-century Japan to serve a practical function (the two Japanese characters ne+tsuke mean “root” and “to attach”). Traditional Japanese garments—robes called Kimono had no pockets; however, men who wore them needed a place to store their personal belongings, such as pipes, tobacco, money, seals, or medicines.
Their solution was to place such objects in containers (called sagemono) hung by cords from the robes’ sashes. The containers may have been pouches or small woven baskets, but the most popular were beautifully crafted boxes which were held closed with sliding beads on cords. Whatever the form of the container, the fastener that secured the cord at the top of the sash was a carved, button-like toggle called a netsuke.
Fort Henry Custom Knives is proud to be a Dealer for Hidetoshi Nakayama
~ Just Received – Direct from the Maker ~
Hidetoshi has taken his talent for carving in a new direction – this is a Victorian Era Mechanism to change the everday Pen into a SteamPunk type of unique creation – called “Ride the Wing”
This unique Presentation Pen is hand turned from one solid piece of stainless steel for the body. It has very nice balance and due to the Tapered Tip and custom contouring it is very comfortable to hold.
The ball point retracts and locks both in open and closed positions using a unique mechanism designed by Hidetoshi.
To engage the pen you simply push down on the top, this extends a Wing. The Wing is never in the way, and if you have large hands it will rest comfortably on the upper portion of the back of your hand.
When ready to retract the ballpoint, simply use your thumb to push down on the Extended Wing for a crisp snap closure.
This pen requires Caran d’Ache of Switzerland, Giant Cartridge Goliath, 8428.000 Medium Black refills. It can be easily changed by unscrewing the bottom of the pen.
Complete with a Presentation Gift Box.
I have only one!