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Nakaya Naka-ai Cigar Kanshitsu Togikiri Bokashi
With its stunning color gradation and shimmering finish, the Nakaya Naka-ai Kanshitsu Togikiri Bokashi fountain pen is truly a work of art. Starting from dark blue on the cap and ending with pink-red botan-iro at the tail end, this writing instrument uses the Kanshitsu Togikiri technique to achieve the desired gradation effect.
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The Naka-ai model, with its peaked ends and tapered body, provides the perfect backdrop to showcase the lustrous colors.
Using the Kanshitsu Togikiri technique, the artist sprinkles colored Urushi powders on the ebonite body, creating a Bokashi (gradation) of colors. Shu-ai Urushi is then rubbed onto the surface until the pen is polished and smooth. As with all hand-made pens, colors will vary slightly from pen to pen - no two will ever be exactly alike.
"Naka-ai" has the meaning of middle or in-between. Appropriately enough, the Naka-ai occupies a midway position between Nakaya's smaller Piccolo series pens and the longer Deskpen.
Nakaya pens can be filled with bottled fountain pen ink using the provided converter, and can also use Platinum brand ink cartridges. Hand-painted Maki-e converters are also available.
The darkest blue starts at the top of the softly peaked cap, ultimately ending in the lighter botan-iro on the other end. The artists manages to achieve the gradation seamlessly, producing a spectacular yet still understated finish.
Measurements & Specifications
|Cartridge Capacity||1.5 ml|
|Converter Capacity||0.5 ml|
|Ink Capacity||1.5 ml|
|Pen Weight||23.8 g|