Nakaya Naka-ai Cigar Jidai Nuri Bamboo

With its textured finish and striking red bamboo motif, the Nakaya Naka-ai Cigar Jidai-nuri Bamboo fountain pen involves a time-intensive technique. The peaked ends and tapered body of the Naka-ai model provide an excellent showcase for the unique surface of the Jidai-nuri Bamboo.

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The Nakaya Naka-ai Cigar Jidai-nuri Bamboo fountain pen is handcrafted from ebonite and Urushi lacquer, and comes standard 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.

The creation of this pen requires a laborious two-step process. For the cap and barrel, a bamboo motif in vibrant red Shu is depicted against a Black Urushi base. A careful polishing process artfully removes sections of the Urushi, exposing the underlayer in a manner which mimics natural weathering. In Japanese culture bamboo is celebrated as a symbol of vitality and endurance, and the striking design creates a lasting impression of strength.

As with the Negoro pens, the Jidai-nuri Bamboo is a superb example of the Wabi-Sabi aesthetic, in which objects are seen as gaining in value and significance with time and usage. The intentional creation of "flaws" or "weathering" adds another layer of complexity to this approach. It also emphasizes the "imperfect perfection" found in nature, and emanates a truly organic feel. The Nakai Cigar Jidai-nuri Bamboo is a tactile delight due to its uneven finish and ribbed-like surface, and the understated semi-gloss finish feels quite natural in the hand.


The Jidai-nuri can be filled with bottled inkusing the provided converter. It can also use Platinum brand ink cartridges. Hand-painted Maki-e converters are also available, as are a wide range of other options and accessories.


Nakaya 14k nibs are well-suited to customizations including Stub, Cursive Italic, and Left Oblique, as well as the modification for added flex.

Because the gripping section has been painted with red Urushi over a black base, speckles of black are subtly revealed.

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. Sensibly 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 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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