Urushi Price Guide
This is a general breakdown for custom pens with an urushi finish. This does not determine final price as each design will vary. Many of these styles can be combined to create a unique design just for you. A firm price will be given once we've discussed your design in detail. All urushi pens will come with your choice of 14k #6 Two Tone Jowo nib.
Single/Dual Colors - $550
Tamenuri - $550
Solid base color with translucent top layer.
Available translucent top layer colors:
Light Amber Brown "Clear"
Orange (more of a reddish orange)
Ishime - $550
Stone texture. The "texture" colors will be the raised portion of the finish. The "filler" color can be any of the available solid or tamenuri colors.
Available "texture" colors:
Clear Body Tamenuri - $650
This is a transparent acrylic pen with a tamenuri finish over the top. Very thin coats have to be applied with careful sanding to achieve this finish.
Marbled Tamenuri - $650
This is done by creating a random pattern of both opaque and translucent colored urushi. Built up in many layers to create a marbled effect. Sanded smooth and polished to a high gloss.
Organic Overlay - $650 (colored urushi) ; $700 (Abalone) ; $750 (Silver) ; $850 (Gold)
This features a solid colored base layer with a organic patterned overlay of another color. This overlay can be be further embellished by dusting with precious metal powders or inlaying with abalone shell. Being an overlay this aspect of the finish is raised on the surface.
Wood - $650
Available types of finish:
Fuki Urushi - Impregnates and seals the wood grain but is not considered a "top coat". The wood grain feel will remain.
Tamenuri - This will leave a glossy top coat on top of the wood and may darken the coloration. "Clear" urushi is the standard, but colored urushi can also be applied.
Raden - $650+
Price will be determined on the design and how intricate the application will be. For instance. Randomly placed pieces of abalone sprinkled all over the pen with a top coat would fall under the initial price. Creating an image in abalone using a single piece or mosaic would require more labor...thus a higher price point. Please inquire with your design for a firm price quote.
Seirei - Nuri - $750 (Silver) ; $850 (Gold)
Seirei - Nuri translates to Dragonfly wing pattern. The end result of this technique looks like a "net" of lacquer has been draped over the pen. Can be done over a single solid color, or tamenuri style finish. Very similar to the Organic Overlay except this version is not raised on the surface.
Seirei - Tamenuri - $700 (Copper/Bronze) ; $800 (Silver) ; $900 (Gold)
Same process as the Seirei (Dragonfly Wing pattern) technique but taken a step further by applying a tamenuri finish over everything.
Kara-Nuri - $850 (Colored Urushi) ; $1200 (Silver/Gold)
Kara-nuri is one of the more popular versions of Tsugaru-Nuri. A random raised pattern is applied to the pen body and can be embellished with precious metal powders or contrasting colored lacquer. A final tamenuri top coat is applied with careful sanding to reveal the underlying patterns.
Maki-e - $ Please Inquire
Maki-e translates to mean "sprinkled picture". Designs can vary from one extreme to another so pricing will be on an individual basis.
Urushi only Collaborations - $350+
Have a pen (custom or manufactured) that you'd like to have a urushi finish on? I'd be happy to discuss the possibility! Not all pens will be compatible, but a few questions and a couple of pics will help me determine if I can work with it or not. It's easiest to work with custom pens prior to them being made so I can work with the artisan to make minor changes to allow for the buildup of the lacquer.