Nakaya Dorsal Fin Version 1 Ishime-Kanshitsu Suzu

The Nakaya Dorsal Fin Version 1 is one of the most innovative and distinctive designs created by Nakaya. Layers of urushi lacquer are applied over a period of months to create the fin on the cap, and the surface is then completed with either smooth urushi or stone texture Ishime-Kanshitsu finish. With either finish, this is one of the most memorable writing instruments Nakaya has produced.

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In Suzu-ishime technique, tin flakes are mixed with dried urushi powder to create a textured stone-like finish with a unique silvery hue. The Dorsal Fin Version 1 showcases this unique finish as perhaps no other pen model can - except perhaps for the Dorsal Fin Suzu-ishime Version 2.

Each Nakaya pen is hand-turned from natural ebonite harvested from the rubber gum tree. Layers of natural urushi lacquer are then applied over a period of months to create the distinctive cap fin, which also serves as a built-in roll stopper.

Nakaya pens can be filled with bottled fountain pen ink using the provided converter. They can also use Platinum brand ink cartridges. Hand-painted Maki-e converters are also available, as are a wide range of other options and accessories.


The Nakaya Dorsal Fin Version 1 in Suzu-ishime finish is provided with solid gold 14k single-tone nib in your choice of tipping sizes.

The Nakaya double slit Music nib is available at an added premium, as are plated nibs in Pink Gold, Rhodium, Ruthenium, or Two-Tone.
These 14k nibs are well-suited to customizations including Stub, Cursive Italic, and Left Oblique, as well as the modification for added flex.

Decorative rice paper, a simple solid softwood shipping box decorated with Japanese Kanji script, and a fabric pen "kimono" are all included with this pen, making it a lovely presentation item. Sensible and elegant packaging has long been a hallmark of the Nakaya brand.

Nakaya pens are individually handcrafted in a process that requires a minimum of three to six months and often much longer. 
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. 

Measurements & Specifications

Cap Type Threaded
Closed Length 5.9"
Postable Postable With Caution
Posted Length 6.8"
Barrel Length 4.7"
Section Diameter 0.5"
Cartridge Capacity 1.5 ml
Converter Capacity 0.5 ml
Ink Capacity 1.5 ml
Filling System Cartridge-Converter
Pen Weight 31 g
Barrel Diameter 0.7
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