Nakaya Dorsal Fin Version 1 Ishime-Kanshitsu Aka-tamenuri

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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Nakaya has created something unique with its Dorsal Fin series of fountain pens, and the version in Aka-tamenuri Ishime-Kanshitsu finish is one of the most distinctive and visually arresting. 

This is one of the most time-intensive pens created by Nakaya. The cap and barrel are hand-turned from natural ebonite harvested from the rubber gum tree. Layer after layer of urushi lacquer is then applied to create the distinctive fin on the cap, while powdered urushi lacquer is also used to create the stone-finish texture.

The Nakaya Dorsal Fin can be filled with bottled fountain pen ink using the provided converter. Nakaya pens can also use Platinum brand ink cartridges. Hand-painted Maki-e converters are also available.


This pen can be furnished with any of the standard range of Nakaya solid gold 14k nibs in your choice of tipping size. 

The Nakaya double slit Music nib is available at an added premium, as are plated nibs in Pink Gold, Rhodium, Ruthenium, and Two-Tone.
These smooth-writing nibs are also well-suited to customizations including Stub, Cursive Italic, or 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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