Onishi Seisakusho Handmade Cellulose Acetate Fountain Pen - Blue Marble
Made by hand in Japan out of modern cellulose acetate, this beautiful pen evokes the nostalgic appeal of classic hand-turned celluloid pens from the early 20th century. Each pen body is individually created in a method passed down from "the Father of Pens," Kiyoshi Kato. The patterned cellulose acetate body has a beautiful sheen and weight that is comfortable in the hand, with elegant gold-coloured accents and a smooth steel nib.
- Gold-plated steel nib.
- Screw-on cap.
- Converter for using bottled ink included inside the pen body.
- Two black ink cartridges.
- Gift box noting that this pen is handcrafted in Japan.
Here are the last vestiges of a once booming industry of some 500 pen makers in Osaka producing hand-turned celluloid pens from the 1920s onwards. We feel proud to present to our customers the pens of Mr Kato and his apprentice Mr Ohnishi who have been safekeeping this craft single-handedly for the last decades.
Legendary Mr Kato Kiyoshi, affectionately nicknamed in the trade "the Father of Pens", began producing pens at age 19, after his father, also a pen maker, passed away shortly before WW2. We are told Mr Kato kept a large quantity of celluloid rods, buried in his back garden, until the war was over when he dug these out and established his own pen company eponymously named the Kato Seisakusho Company.
Many colourful stories about his escapades selling pens around the globe and in particular in the Middle East, including anecdotes of camel-riding and bribing jail officers with Japanese fountain pens, would have us believe Mr Kato was as talented a salesman as he was a master pen maker!
During the 80s onwards, as one of the few remaining expert celluloid hand-turners, he was called upon by luxury pen brands such as Visconti to produce small runs of celluloid special editions.
Indeed celluloid, one of the earliest thermo plastics, is becoming an extinct base material for pen making - regretfully as it has beautiful density, shine, weight and of course features the most vibrant and sometimes psychadelic patterns. Today it is used only in a handful of industries including luxury spectacle making. The production of celluloid in Japan has nearly now entirely stopped and Mr Ohnishi who has been continuing Mr Kato's work is using materials in limited supply, passed on to him by his boss after his passing in 2010 at the age of 85.
Unfortunately due to the end of production of celluloid in Japan, in this newly introduced patterns such as this smart Blue Marble pattern, Acetate Cellulose has had to step in as a replacement for the obsolete material. The result is not unlike celluloid and possesses the feel of an antique from a bygone era with tremendous nostalgic appeal.
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Whether you’re a first-time buyer, a pen enthusiast, an experienced pen collector or a pen expert, we’re committed to helping you to find the perfect pen.
1) FOUNTAIN PEN:
- Wet Ink
- Use Bottled Ink (with Converter) or use Ink Cartridge (Ink Tube)
- Provides a Unique & Luxuriously Fluid Writing Experience
- Favourite pen type for Collectors
- Opening Mechanism: Uncap to Write
- Multiple Nib Size (EF/F/M/B) Options for Various Writing Tasks:
- Signing (Nib M (Medium) / B (Broad)
- Normal Writing (Nib Size : EF (Extra Fine) / F (Fine) / or M (Medium)
- Cursive Writing (Nib Size: B (Broad) or Bigger Size Nib Oblique Writing (if Available)
2) ROLLERBALL PEN:
- Wet Ink (Refill)
- Primarily for Signing & Premium writing experience
- Opening Mechanism: Uncap to Write
3) BALLPOINT PEN:
- Dry Ink (Refill),
- Primarily for Day-to-day Writing
- Opening Mechanism: TWIST to Open (OR) CLICK to Open
From our customers
Received well professional service. Educated about the products and shown the option within the budget. Nicely engraved the pen.
Highly recommended with no doubt.
Thank you very much Kris & all staff.Don N.
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I ordered a double pen gift set online to be shipped all the way to America. Definitely recommend this shop to get engraved stationeries whether for someone locally or even across the globe!Celine Y.
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10 stars! I am based in the UK and was looking for the Pelikan Aquamarine Special Edition set in broad. I spoke to them on WhatsApp; needless to say they were extremely polite, helpful and above all professional in their service. Delivery was Faster than some domestic UK online shops! The pen was extremely well packaged. Not a dent in sight. Also they included a lovely KSGills pen bag. It's these little touches that make the experience all the more worth while. So if you are in Malaysia or visiting or looking for lovely pens online do give KSGills a try!M Malik
Excellent seller, fast delivery. Love this pen so much. Thank you.
Highly recommended.Shawn C.
Love it. Suitable as giftsEdwinson O.
The best experience of customer service & product at the very first time bought a pen here. good quality of pen & attention to detail of engraving. sure will recommend & buy again.Malaysia 🇲🇾