Nakaya Portable Cigar
Karasu Kite and Crow
The Nakaya Portable Cigar Karasu Kite and Crow fountain pen is handcrafted from ebonite and Urushi lacquer, and comes standard with your choice of solid gold single-tone 14k nib in Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad,orExtra Broad,withFine Soft, Medium Soft,andSuper Extra Finenibs also available.
The double slitMusicnib is available at an added premium, as are plated nibs in Pink Gold, Rhodium, Ruthenium, or Two-Tone - consult our Nakaya Nibs page for details.
With its snow-covered branches and striking black crows, the Nakaya Portable Cigar Karasu Kite and Crow fountain pen pays homage to Yosa Buson's masterpiece "Kite and Crow" from the Edo period in Japan. Nakaya utilizes Yakou Maki-e technique in order to create a visual and textural masterpiece. The smooth and slender Portable model serves as a canvas for the detailed artwork and is perfect for those who want the design of the Long Cigar Kite and Crow in a slightly smaller model.
Like all Nakaya Urushi pens, the Karasu Kite and Crow is made of hand-turned ebonite hard rubber in Nakaya's Tokyo workshop, then sent to the Wajima region in western Japan for Maki-e work and finishing with Urushi lacquer. Using Yakou Maki-e technique, black lacquer is painted over the Aka-tamenuri base to create the crows, while silver powder is layered to emulate snow-covered branches.
Take a closer look at the detailed artwork on the Portable Cigar Karasu Kite and Crow fountain pen. When you hold the writing instrument you can feel the raised texture of the black lacquer and silver powder, as if nature is truly coming to life. Notice how closely the design emulates the winter scene of Yosa Buson's painting, below right.
You can see the lighter red coming through the darker red overlayer on the rounded end cap. Over time this red will become even more visible and vibrant. The artist has continued the detail of snow-covered branches up to the end of the writing instrument.
These 14k nibs are well-suited to customizations including Stub, Cursive Italic, and Left Oblique, as well as the modification for added flex - see our nib customizations page for more information.
Nakaya pens ship in a solid softwood shipping box decorated with Japanese Kanji script and lined with decorative rice paper. A fabric pen "kimono" and starter box of Platinum brand cartridges are also included, making this pen a lovely presentation item. The Portable Cigar Karasu Kite and Crow comes in a larger than standard size box with brown ribbon to store the pen in luxury.
Nakaya pens are individually handcrafted in a process that requires a minimum of three to six months and often much longer. Consult our Nakaya Availability Chart, updated weekly, to see which pens we currently have in stock and available for immediate shipment, or simply to browse for pens by finish or motif.
Unless requested otherwise, each pen or nib you purchase from us will be carefully examined, tested, and optimized for your personal writing characteristics before it ships. See our nib set-up and optimization page for more details.
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