Nakaya Decapod Writer Sumiko Gold ST

The Decapod is one of the most distinctive and instantly recognizable of the pen styles created by Nakaya. Uniquely well suited to Urushi finishing, the facets on these ten-sided pens allow the underlying color to be clearly seen.

Sensible and elegant packaging have been a hallmark of Nakaya. All Nakaya pens come packaged in handcrafted finery, as painstakingly constructed as the pens they protect. The heavy decorative rice paper, simple solid softwood shipping box and fabric pouch make a lovely presentation for Nakaya Urushi pens.

$1,500.00
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Free nib set-up and optimization included.

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With its matte black finish and sleek gold accents, the Nakaya Decapod Writer Sumiko Gold ST fountain pen is a study in minimalism. This pen utilizes the Sumiko technique, which involves mixing charcoal powder with Urushi lacquer to produce the smooth, rich texture.


At a closed length of 5.88 inches and a weight of 22 grams, this is not only a stunning work of art but also a mid-sized pen that can easily become your everyday writer. Nakaya pens can be filled with bottled fountain pen ink using the provided converter, and can also use Platinum brand ink cartridges. Hand-painted Maki-e converters are also available.

The ten facets of the Decapod model follow from end to end in a long smooth curve. In addition, the facets prevent the pen from rolling off of a flat surface.

A gold Taka Maki-e has been utilized between the cap and the barrel.


This same technique produces striking results on the gripping section, lending a lustrous gold sheen that is only revealed once the pen is uncapped.


Notice how the ends of the Decapod Writer Sumi-ko Gold are beveled to finish the facets. Not only does this trim the cap and barrel ends, but it also provides a rounder edge, more likely to wear evenly.


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.The double slit Music nib 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.

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. See our nib set-up and optimization page for more details.

Measurements & Specifications

Clip With Clip
Cap Type Threaded
Closed Length 5.9"
Postable Postable With Caution
Posted Length 6.8"
Barrel Length 4.3"
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 24.5 g
Barrel Diameter 0.6
To order this pen with personalizations such as roll stoppers, zogan inlays, and custom kanji calligraphy, please click here.
Minimum production time for personalized pens is usually four to six months, and a nonrefundable sixty percent deposit is required.
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