The LS9 Iruka Dansu (Dancing Dolphins) was launched in 2004. It is a three dimensional high relief composition. The background reflects shades of blue to represent the sun blessed ocean and white foam created by the dancing dolphins. The textured gold shades of the dolphins are complimented by pearl inlay which emphasizes their sparkling eyes. The consummately executed design displays incredible detail of the high relief dolphins and the wonderful blue shades of the ocean. The Dancing Dolphins composition, to our knowledge, is novel for fountain pens.
The Maki-E artist is Shogetsu Mitani. He is famous for his work on various Japanese objects including tea containers. Some of his creations have been purchased by the Japanese government to be used for ceremonial occasions. The Maki-E techniques on the Iruka composition are Togidashi, Taka (raised) and Raden (pearl inlay).
All LS designs carry the Red Seal signature of the creating artist. The Iruka, bears the prestigious Red Seal signature of the artist Shogetsu Mitani. He also paints the individual limited edition number of the pen on the barrel end.
The LS9 Iruka Dansu was produced in just 15 pieces on the Parker Duofold Centennial and 15 pieces on the Classic Legend worldwide, this Artist proof was crafted on a Sailor King of Pen body and features a broad nib.
The pen is pre-owned and in excellent condition. It has some light dimpling on the body, the pen does not come box or paperwork.