Nakaya Naka-ai Cigar Shu Polished
Designed by Nakaya master pen designer Shinichi Yoshida in collaboration with Classic Fountain Pen's John Mottishaw, the Naka-ai, with its peaked ends and tapered body, combines many of Nakaya’s most distinctive design features in a single model. "Naka-ai" has the meaning of middle or in-between, and brings to mind the Middle Way of Buddhist practice with its emphasis on balance, integrity, and centeredness. Appropriately enough, the Naka-ai occupies a midway position between Nakaya's smaller Piccolo series pens and the longer Deskpen - this is a pen that will be a very comfortable fit for most pen users.
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The tapered shape of the Naka-ai seems particularly well-suited to colors such as the warm red of Polished Shu.
Like all Nakaya Urushi pens, the Naka-ai Cigar has been made from hand-turned ebonite hard rubber, then sent to the Wajima region in western Japan for finishing with Urushi lacquer. As Urushi is a natural substance, slight variations from batch to batch are to be expected - no two pens will ever be exactly alike.
Nakaya pens can be filled with bottled ink using the provided converter, and can also use Platinum brand ink cartridges. Hand-painted Maki-e converters are also available.
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