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Hon Baren

8-ko Hon Baren

Premium Hon Baren

A Hon (genuine or real) Baren is the ultimate tool for the Moku Hanga (Japanese style) printmaker. Versatile, responsive, durable, and made with exquisite craftsmanship, Hon Baren make the work of printing go easily and smoothly. The qualities of a Hon Baren may seem subtle, but once experienced these baren are clearly superior. And while they may seem expensive, remember that each baren requires up to a year of intensive labor to create, requiring the skill of a true master craftsman. And they are still much less expensive than a western printing press.

The 8-ko (strand) baren is the most versatile, although 12-ko and 16-ko are also available. Traditionally, 12 and 16-ko baren are used for printing large areas with thick pigment.

Hon Baren coil

The shin (coil) of an 8-ko (strand) Baren

The 8-ko baren are available in three basic textures: coarse, medium and fine. The coarse baren is useful for broad, flat areas in large prints, especially with heavy papers. The medium baren is probably the most versatile and is adaptable to many printing styles. The fine baren requires a lighter touch and is for printing fine lines or small areas on thin papers.

SPECIAL ORDER ONLY. Prices start at around $1,200.00. When you place your order, the correct price for the Hon Baren will not be displayed in the shopping cart. The cart server will show a price of "$1.00" for these Baren; that is only a placeholder number. After you place your order, you will be contacted with the correct price at the current exchange rate. We will not place the order with the craftsman until we receive your OK to go ahead. After you approve the order, you will be charged for the Baren plus shipping from us to you and the sale is final. No returns or exchanges are allowed.

If you prefer, you can call or email for current prices before placing your order.

Please allow 3 to 6 months for delivery. You will be charged for the Baren plus shipping from McClain's to you when you place the order. Once the order has been placed with the craftsman in Japan, there are no returns or refunds.

Premium Hon Baren

    Price Enter Quantity
A5801 13cm (5.13") 8 Ko Hon Baren, Coarse special order

A5802 13cm (5.13") 8 Ko Hon Baren, Medium special order

A5803 13cm (5.13") 8 Ko Hon Baren, Fine special order

12 Ko and 16 Ko Hon Baren are also available.