It may sound extravagant to pay S$12,000 for a pen, but Namiki’s fountain pens aren’t simply just pens – these writing instruments are pieces of art. While not something you’ll use daily, this Namiki Emperor Dragon pen is fully functional and works extraordinarily well.

The pen is fully handmade using traditional methods and high quality materials in a process that takes three months — which explains the hefty price tag. An ancient technique from 1500 years ago, “Maki-e”, is the sprinkling of 18K gold powder on multiple layers of lacquer that outlines the intended drawing, which requires skills that can only be attained from years and years of practice.

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The Namiki Emperor Dragon fountain pen.

There’s absolutely no need to worry about breaking the pen nibs while using them, for Namiki prides itself on the writing performance and quality of its products. With a lifetime guarantee, there’s no reason to doubt the pens’ incomparable Japanese craftsmanship.

The Namiki Emperor Dragon pen retails at S$12,840 (inclusive of GST) and is available from November onwards.

Aesthetic Bay Pte Ltd, No. 2 Orchard Turn, #04-14 Ion Orchard, Singapore 238801, +65 6735 6788, www.aestheticbay.com; and other authorised dealers.