Nibs Gets an Award at the San Francisco Pen Show
Awards were given by Pen World's Nicky Pessaroff at the San Francisco Pen Show last month, including one to us here at Nibs for the design of our exclusive Nakaya Naka-ai. Realizing that everyone was appropriately engaged in viewing, learning about, buying, and selling fountain pens, I kept my comments short at the time. But here is what I would have said:
All of us at Nibs are honored that you've chosen our exclusive Naka-ai for this award. Thank you, Nicky Pessaroff and Pen World's readers, for voting for our pen as Best Fine Art Pen. We could not have done it without the help of Toshiya Nakata, Nakaya's president, and Shinichi Yoshida, Nakaya's designer and master craftsman, who executed our design in beautiful materials and using traditional techniques. Urushi lacquer over hard rubber gives a fountain pen a fabulous heft and feel. In addition, it is durable and even improves with age, as the underlying layers of urushi lacquer shine through more clearly with use. This is a pen designed to be used both now and for generations to come.
Naka-ai translates as "middle way" in Japanese. For me it has both a literal meaning, as it is bigger than the Nakaya Piccolo and smaller than the Nakaya Desk Pen, and it also has a metaphorical meaning, as an expression for choosing a path that avoids unnecessary extremes. But on the other hand, and while admitting to my own biases, I do think it is an extremely beautiful pen, and I thank Pen World and its readers for recognizing this as well.