Nakaya Naka-ai Fountain Pen
A Nakaya has been to my buy number for a few years today but because my taste in fountain pencils has-been moving towards vintage European pens it offers taken quite a long time for my very first Nakaya buy to materialize.
Nakaya gets some interest on pen online forums and blogs and even though the pens tend to be clearly stunning discover even more to it than that; there is certainly an x-factor to these pens. Similar to a handmade car, one should put it to use being realize its genuine price.
I spent considerable time on pen community forums and on nibs.com (no association) before selecting a Naka-ai Cigar Negoro Shiro-tamenuri.
Let’s make an effort to give an explanation for name: Nakaya is the brand name that has been the original title associated with the Platinum Company. “Naka-ai” may be the model title, which means that “middle” in Japanese. The Naka-ai may be the results of a collaboration between Nakaya and John Mottishaw of Timeless Fountain Pens Inc. (nibs.com). “Cigar” refers to the pen’s cigar shape and lack of a clip; the version because of the video is known as the “Writer”. “Negoro” (couldn’t get the Japanese translation) is the weathered/cracked therapy placed on the pen. “Shiro-tamenuri” is the color therefore the clear urushi lacquer placed on the pen.
The Naka-ai is truly a work of art. The numerous layers of Urushi lacquer give the golden-brown color lots of depth. The “cracks” tend to be hand engraved into the barrel and look beautifully weathered. It can take over 6 months to produce a Negoro design also it shows. The lighter golden brown shows through nearby the sides of limit and barrel and on the cracks and threading. The lengthy tapered model of the Nakai-ai is beautiful and being a Cigar model it offers no clip which offers an even more exclusively Asian appearance versus much more useful Writer model.
Under the cap is a large shapely 14k silver nib that has the Nakaya globe logo design many scrollwork.
The converter features Maki-e decorated goldfish which not just makes the converter seem like a tank high in ink but also really establishes it independent of the cheap ordinary converters Im therefore familiar with seeing.
The Naka-ai is easily the essential exotic-looking & most gorgeous pen during my collection. I'm not generally one for embellishments however the non-ostentatious look of the Negoro is great.
The Naka-ai is obviously of a superior quality nonetheless it features a rather various experience to it versus high-end European pencils I am regularly managing. If you ask me it seems significantly more delicate.
It’s difficult to clarify; if it were a motor vehicle it could be a handmade Bentley Mulsanne when compared with a Montblanc 146 which will become more like a Mercedes S-Class, that is to say every little thing regarding the Naka-ai is gorgeous, not made out of the laser precision of this notably less gorgeous Montblanc.
The experience of urushi lacquer is special…it practically has actually a moist or wet quality to it. It’s wonderful to the touch. I believe that urushi lacquer is similar or at the very least very similar to the Chinese lacquer S.T. Dupont always placed on their particular pencils. I'ven’t seen anybody test the flame resistant attributes of urushi though, in order for special attribute might only connect with Chinese lacquer.
The Naka-ai was designed to accommodate design on its human anatomy and as a result there is a lot of threading so your design will always line up whenever capped. Used though, i've found that it is difficult to correctly align the large crack (design) that spreads from body towards the cap. Whenever I make use of the Naka-ai frequently i will have the design to line up without an excessive amount of idea but undoubtedly whenever I pick up the pen, devoid of used it for per week or two we realize that normally it takes me personally 2-4 attempts to get it proper. Perhaps this is certainlyn’t truly a quality issue however it’s worth pointing out.
Every thing on the Naka-ai fits tightly and there's no indicator this is such a thing under a treasure high quality pen.
Size & Weight
The Naka-ai measures some over 6” capped and about 5.5” uncapped. At its widest point it is about 0.7” and weighs in at about 27.5 grams. It really is absolutely a large pen but not so big on be uncomfortable for regular usage. Due to the exemplary balance I can write with this particular pen for very long intervals. The grip section is on smaller part but we find it to-be quite comfortable. In comparison, the similarly sized Montblanc 149 part is simply too fat become comfortable; I'm able to write down some quick notes but i mightn’t write a letter with a 149.
It must be mentioned that the Naka-ai isn't built to be published. If you have a cigar (clipless) design you will require a location the cap such that it does not roll off the dining table. I began with a Nakaya 3 pen pillow but ended up choosing a Nakaya table Pen stand for my uncapped Nakaya. We leave the limit in kimono instance that comes with the pen.
A little history in the nib: I purchased my Nakaya from Vintage Fountain Pens Inc (nibs.com) with a smooth method nib that I had altered to fit the softness of the nib on my Montblanc 146 from early 1950s (that was coincidently already at CFP for repair works). I spoke with John Mottishaw regarding the phone and we also decided that as well as softening-up the nib we'd add a left foot oblique adjustment.
The 14kt gold nib writes beautifully. It is smooth and causes my writing look distinctive. I have had no issues with hard starting or skipping. I have had my Nakaya for 5 months today plus the performance has-been excellent.
The softer nib creates slightly wetter writing knowledge; if you prefer a drier nib I wouldn’t recommend adding any flex. Additionally, it must be pointed out that the improvements in the above list make the nib less beginner friendly. Being a Japanese medium the line is more equivalent to a western good so when you add the oblique adjustment you've got a far more defined sweet place than a normal ball-pointed nib or a wider oblique.
As I have stated several times before, Im a large lover of converters although they could not be as elaborate or since costly to help make as other types of fillers these are the simplest to use and hold clean. Nakaya uses a very nice quality Platinum converter that holds a respectable amount of ink. I have both the standard Platinum converter and the unique Nakaya goldfish Maki-e painted converter; both provide same function although coated you're a little more unique.
The Naka-ai will also take Platinum ink cartridges and can be fitted with an adapter that will allow one to make use of international short ink cartridges.