Nakaya Naka-ai Cigar Enjoying The Moon Cat

The whimsically titled Enjoying The Moon Cat is one of Nakaya's most popular motifs, and is now being made available for the first time on our own exclusive Naka-ai model. Each pen is hand-finished in exacting Yakou Maki-e techinique in a process that can require a year or more.

Our complimentary nib tuning personalizes your Nakaya experience by adjusting pressure and ink flow to match your personal preferences. Nakaya 14k solid gold nibs also make excellent starting points for our exclusive nib customizations - choose the Fine Soft for our noted Spencerian modification, or a Broad or Extra Broad for the Architect's Point customization.

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August 4, 2020



Incredible !!  Simply amazing!! Really, this is where words fail. The pen's beauty is not only in it's fabulous form and exquisite balance, but it has the most wonderful feel in writing, in holding...John's added flex makes this perhaps the finest pen created. The artistry by the Japanese maker in laquer can not be described - really beyond words.

many MANY thanks!

This wry and lyrical motif, originally intended as a one-off design for a dedicated cat lover, has become one of the most popular offered by Nakaya. Both Yakou Maki-e and Tame-sukashi techniques are utilized to realize the evocative scene. Each pen is hand-painted by a skilled artisan in the traditional craft center of Wajima on the west coast of Japan.

The Nakaya Naka-ai model, a exclusive, was designed by company founder and owner John Mottishaw in conjunction with Nakaya master pen designer Shinichi Yoshida. The pen utilizes Nakaya's convenient cartridge-converter system - it can fill with any bottled fountain pen ink when fitted with the reusable converter, provided by us free of charge with your order, and can also use Platinum brand disposable ink cartridges.

Each Nakaya pen ships in a special softwood presentation box decorated with kanji-style script. A fabric pen kimono and starter box of ink cartridges is included along with the converter. We are the sole authorized Nakaya dealer in North America.

Measurements & Specifications

Cap Type Threaded
Closed Length 5.9"
Postable Not Postable
Barrel Length 4.5"
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 23.8 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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