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. Hidetoshi has taken his talent for carving in a new direction – the Bolt Action Pen.
Brand New direct from Hidetoshi Nakayama at the 2011 ECCK show.
This unique Bolt Action Pen is formed from thick Antiqued and Textured stainless steel for the body along with satin finished brass for the tip. This is the only one of Hidetoshi’s Pens that I have seen with the Brass Tip without a Brass Bolt.
The top is completed with a lanyard loop. The ball point retracts and locks both in open and closed positions using the bolt-action mechanism.
Caran d’Ache of Switzerland, Giant Cartridge Goliath, 8428.000 Medium Black refills. It can be easily changed by unscrewing the front of the pen.
Each Pen is Hand Signed on the Reverse Side to insure Authenticity.
I have seen the Large Stainless Pens sell for as much as $395 – don’t miss out on this one.