Nakaya Long Cigar Ashi

The wind blowing through a bamboo grove inspires the motif on this beautiful pen. The Nakaya Long Cigar Ashi fountain pen utilizes the the time-intensive and elaborate Kaki-Wari Maki-e technique to achieve its subtle and engaging effects. Gold urushi powder is used in the reed design, which defines details down to the level of individual fronds and leaflets.


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Maki-e, literally "sprinkled powder," is a general term for the process by which figurative or abstract designs are created by sprinkling pigment or metallic powder onto the surface of Urushi lacquer while it is still wet. There are many varieties of Maki-e - see our Special Editions page for particular variations such as Tame-sukashi, Raden, and Chinkin.

Note the subtle detail used to create black reeds set against a black background. This pen is a quiet masterwork and an extraordinary example of breathtakingly understated surface design.

We are particularly attracted to the designs on this pen. It winds around the barrel and cap in such a way that one wants to hold and turn it in your fingers. The reeds are made is razor crisp detail including the center shaft of each leaf.

The Nakaya nib is imprinted with Nakata, the family name of the manufacturer, and is made from solid 14k gold in your choice of tipping size.

Each of these nibs is suitable for our customization to extra flexible. The medium and broad tips can be customized by us into cursive italic, stub, or oblique points. 


The heavy decorative rice paper, simple solid softwood shipping box, and fabric pen pouch make a lovely presentation for these Nakaya Urushi pens. Sensible and elegant packaging has long been a hallmark of the Nakaya brand.

Measurements & Specifications

Cap Type Threaded
Closed Length 6.6"
Postable Postable With Caution
Posted Length 8.1"
Barrel Length 4.8"
Section Diameter 0.4"
Cartridge Capacity 1.5 ml
Converter Capacity 0.5 ml
Ink Capacity 1.5 ml
Filling System Cartridge-Converter
Pen Weight 23.1 g
Barrel Diameter 0.6
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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