Nakaya Dorsal Fin Version 1 Ishime-Kanshitsu Midori

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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The first Dorsal Fin pen created by Nakaya was the Version 1 in Ishime-Kanshitsu Midori, and it remains once of the most appealing examples of what has become a signature Nakaya style.

Successive layers of natural Urushi lacquer are applied over a series of months to create the distinctive fin shape, which also serves as a built-in roll stopper. The stone texture finish is then created with urushi powder. The pen body itself has been created from hand-turned ebonite hard rubber which is sustainably harvested from the rubber gum tree.

Nakaya pens can be filled with bottled ink using the provided converter, and can also use Platinum brand cartridges. Hand-painted Maki-e converters are also available.


The Nakaya Dorsal Fin Version 1 in Ishime Kanshitsu Midori finish can be provided with any of Nakaya's 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, or Two-Tone.
These smooth-writing 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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