This is a very large and stunningly beautiful fountain pen. It is the work of master craftsmen Kabutogi Ginjiro for the nib and the legendary pen maker Sakai Eisuke for the body and shut off mechanism.
The pen is a handmade Ban-ei finished in the beautiful Black Urushi which is made up of many layers of lacquer built up over time to produce a stunning deep finish. The base construction material is ebonite (black hard rubber).
The master craftsmen responsible for this pen took their inspiration from the famous 1918 Onoto design although, unlike the original Onoto plunger filler, this one is a traditional Japanese eye dropper with a shut off mechanism.
It is complete with its original scroll which describes how they created the design. It is signed by both craftsmen.
The highly coveted 14ct gold "Steady" Nib is wet and very flexible in the traditional Japanese way. The pen will be supplied with an eye dropper syringe and will come in one of my hard presentation boxes.
The pen is in immaculate condition. For lovers of traditional Japanese craftsmanship this is a wonderful example.
Modern Ban-ei eyedropers are relatively common but vintage pens like this model are incredibly rare to find in this condition.