Introducing a new inkpad, "MON"(crest), created with a traditional coloring technique. In Japan, inkpads have been used throughout the years for stamping symbols that represent family names, company names, logos etc. We introduce 3 designs of inkpads, "round", "square" and "hexagon" which were symbols that represented one's family in the past. The heavy weight of the inkpad, which is a characteristic of the brass metal, gives a comfortable feeling when you hold it in your hand. Since the act of signing or stamping a contract is not a thoughtless procedure, the weight of the inkpad is designed to represents the importance of this procedure. Also, the dual design motifs on the lid represent the hope "to settle peacefully" a contract.
For coloring of these pieces, a traditional technique in Toyama is applied that uses Japanese lacquer on the surface of the metal when baking with a finish of OHAGURO (acetate dye). This procedure must be done by hand, making each piece to be slightly different from one another as well as very unique. After opening the lid, it is designed so that it can be stacked under the inkpad for a neat look. (Slide 5-8) The ink used for this inkpad is made in Japan out of organic pigments, which is a material that does not harm the environment, as it does not use heavy metals such as lead, mercury nor cadmium.