Japanese calligraphy brushes can cost over $1,000. Here’s what makes them so expensive.

  • A handmade calligraphy brush, custom made for a master calligrapher, can cost over $US1,000 ($AU1,369).
  • It’s a delicate process that can take over a month to complete.
  • But what makes these brushes unique? And why are they so expensive?
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A handmade calligraphy brush, custom made for a master calligrapher, can cost over $US1,000 ($AU1,369). At Hata Bunshindou each brush tip is made by a single artisan. It’s a delicate process that can take over a month to complete. But you can find a beginner calligraphy brush for less than $US15 ($AU21). So what makes these brushes unique? And why are they so expensive?

You can learn more about Yoshiyuki Hata’s workshop here: https://bunshindou.com/en/
And to see more of Daizo Kaneko’s calligraphy: https://www.kanekodaizo.com