[Nara Fude Tanaka] An exquisite performance special to handcrafted brush
Nara brushes are created by traditional techniques that continue from Nara era. Brushes of Nara Fude Tanaka, a business that inherits Nara Fude’s traditional skills, produces brushes of Nara which are ideal to calligraphers by combining various features of carefully selected material and thus generating countless levels of resilience, ink load, length of grip.
The making of Nara Fude starts with picking the material
It is no exaggeration to say that the brush’s quality lies in selection of material. At Nara Fude Tanaka, only animal hair (including goats, horses, deer, raccoons, weasels, martens, rabbits, and squirrels) carefully selected by brush craftsmen are procured to be used as raw material of its brushes. In addition, the business procures hair from rare animals--which are currently almost impossible to obtain but indispensable to produce first class Nara Fude--via original channel.
The craftsmen make premium writing brushes with a tip presenting exquisite touch by applying “Neri-maze (knead and mix)” method; first they adjust the length of each specie’s hair individually and mix them in line with proportion and length which are deliberately decided according to texture; then they knead the brushes for a long time. The making of one brush consists of 12 processes in total (if subdivided, dozen of processes).
Renge (large, stiff hair) / 3,200 yen
Stiff brush suitable for beginners, for common writing-paper, practice, and writing block letters.
Tanjo-fude (brush made from baby’s hair) to inscribe a memory of once in a lifetime
The hair of your lovely baby you first cut in his / her life is the one grown from birth; it is the one you get to own once in a lifetime. “Tanjo-fude” is a brush made from such valuable hair. It is said that owning one brings luck through one’s whole life. Nara Fude Tanaka will give you advice on the timing, amount of hair, what to do in case you’ve already cut your baby’s hair, and etc.
(Tanjo-fude / from 10,000 yen (tax not included)
Production period: About a month