Nakaya Dorsal Fin Version 2 Aka-tamenuri

One of the most distinctive pen models created by Nakaya, the Dorsal Fin Version 2 is created by applying multiple layers of urushi lacquer over a period of months to create the fin shape on the cap and barrel. The surface is then completed in smooth urushi finish.

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May 28, 2021



My order arrived today and I am thrilled to death by it. The depth of the finish is absolutely mesmerizing. I ordered a broad nib assuming it would be closer to a medium and I'm not disappointed by that estimate. Also, I asked for a medium-to-wet flow on the tuning and the result exceeds my expectation. Wow.

Nakaya's Dorsal Fin pens in Ishime-Kanshitsu stone finish have proven to be extremely popular with pen lovers - the fin shape on the cap is both aesthetically striking and also serves as a built-in roll-stopper. Now Nakaya has introduced a new version of this style in smooth urushi Aka-tamenuri finish.

The smooth tamenuri finish highlights the sleek minimalism of this pen - form and function are united in an exemplary manner.

This pen is made by applying multiple layers of Urushi lacquer to the height of the fin. Mark Twain, referring to a similar feature on the 1920's Conklin pen, called it a "profanity-saver: It cannot roll off the desk."

The Nakaya Dorsal Fin Version 2 in smooth Aka-tamenuri finish is provided with solid gold 14k single-tone nib in your choice of tipping size.

The double slit Music nib is available at an added premium, as are plated nibs in Pink Gold, Rhodium, Ruthenium, or Two-Tone.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. 

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 31.2 g
Barrel Diameter 0.7
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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