Nakaya Dorsal Fin Version 1 Ishime-Kanshitsu Black

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's Dorsal Fin pens in Ishime Kanshitsu finish are some of the most intriguing and unusual writing instruments produced by this or any other company. The version in Black is particularly noteworthy, combining an almost minimalist aesthetic with the tactile pleasure of Ishime Kanshitsu stone texture finish.

The ebonite used for the cap and barrel is derived from natural materials harvested from the rubber gum tree. Layers of urushi lacquer, combined with urushi powder to create the unique stone finish effect, are then applied over a period of months.

Besides providing a visually distinctive shape, the raised fin on the cap also serves as a built-in roll-stopper. With this pen, function and aesthetics are harmoniously united.


The Nakaya Dorsal Fin Version 1 in Black Ishime-Kanshitsu finish can be furnished with any of the standard range of Nakaya 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, or 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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