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 either smooth urushi or stone texture Ishime-Kanshitsu finish.
With its unique raised fins on both cap and barrel, Nakaya's Dorsal Fin Version 2 Awai-Murasaki fountain pen adds a distinct dusty purple finish to the traditonal repertoire of colors. The playful muted shade contrasts with the sharp angles of the fins.
The smooth tamenuri finish highlights the sleek minimalism of this pen - form and function are united. Notice the way the Dorsal Fin Version 2 fountain pen seems to billow like a sail in the wind when it is turned on its side.
This pen is made by applying multiple layers of urushi lacquer to the height of the fin - this is one of the most time-intensive procedures utilized by Nakaya. Mark Twain, referring to a similar feature on the 1920's Conklin pen, called it a "profanity-saver: It cannot roll off the desk."
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.