Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 213

Today we're featuring Graham's lovely Nakaya 'Neo Standard' fountain pen!

He ordered it several months ago, but since Nakaya pens are all custom-made, it took about three months for it to arrive here from Japan. His particular 'Neo Standard' is the Shobu (purple urushi) model, and it came with a ruthenium Medium nib and clip. 

From Nibs.com (Nakaya's exclusive North American retailer): "This exquisite shape in this rich color suggests understated strength.  In European culture this color has long be associated with royalty. In Japan is is seen as elegant."  

(all photos courtesy of Graham ~ please click on images to enlarge)

(from Nibs.com): "Heavy decorative rice paper, a solid softwood shipping box, and an attractive fabric pouch add to this pen's presentation value. Sensible and elegant packaging has always been a hallmark of the Nakaya brand."

(from Nibs.com) "This is a subtle and considered shape that is hand-crafted from solid hard rubber. Notice the long tapered tail of the barrel and how this shape continues toward the front of the pen as well, down to the flange of the gripping section. The extra long section offers a comfortable grip for the fingers making it a favorite with calligraphers and people who spend hours writing. It also fits perfectly at the back of the hand and into the web between thumb and first finger. There is no need to post this cap."

(the Nakaya nib is imprinted "Nakata", the family name of the pen's manufacturer)

 Measurements & Specifications (from Nibs.com)

Clip With Clip
Cap Type Threaded
Closed Length 5.9"
Postable Not Postable
Barrel Length 4.5"
Section Diameter 0.4"
Cartridge Capacity 1.5 ml
Converter Capacity 0.5 ml
Ink Capacity 1.5 ml
Filling System Cartridge-Converter
Pen Weight 28.5 g
Barrel Diameter0.6

This isn't the first Nakaya fountain pen we've featured in our online "show & tell"--we posted photos of Melodie's lovely Nakaya 'Decapod Twist Writer' model in July 2020 (link). Many thanks to Graham for sharing this virtual unboxing of his gorgeous fountain pen with us! :)


Unknown said...

That is a nice pen indeed. Right down my alley in terms of the Bauhaus aesthetique. I see in the photo an illustration of what looks to be a converter. Did the pen come with the Platinum cartridges and the converter? I ask because Platinum cartridges are reported to be proprietary. Cheers, Anthony. Enquiring minds need to know :.)

Vancouver Pen Club said...

Hi Anthony, I'm not Graham, but I know that Nakaya fountain pens come with Platinum-branded cartridges and converters. "Nakaya" was the original name of the Platinum Pen Company and the craftsmen making Nakaya pens are all ex-Platinum employees. Nakaya also sells Platinum converters made using the maki-e process--see https://www.nakaya.org/en/gallery.aspx?accessory=Ink%E3%83%BBConverter