The 12 Chinese zodiac signs refer to the 12 unique animals that corresponds with the 12 Earthly Branches in conjunction with one’s birth year. The animals are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. In Chinese tradition, the start of each lunar new year means a new animal becomes the zodiac sign for the year, with each animal replacing one another in a twelve-year cycle.
The pen body is applied using the negoro method by artisan Lai Ming-chun, who is a disciple of acclaimed Taiwanese artisan Huang Li-shu. Negoro-nuri style lacquerware, which originates from Japan’s Wakayama prefecture, refers to a coat of red lacquer applied over an undercoat of black lacquer. It is a traditional Japanese lacquering method.
On the Opus 88 Zodiac Rat Fountain Pen midsection, you can spot a rat attempting to pass through a hole in the wall. Not only does this make for an interesting scene, such a design also cleverly hides the space needed for a converter.
- Type: Fountain Pen
- Body Material: Ebonite, Copper, Urushi
- Cap Type: Screw
- Filling Mechanism: Cartridge / Converter
- Nib Material: Steel
- Length: 143.5mm
- Max. upper section thickness: 17.6mm
- Max. lower section thickness: 15.8mm
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