Nakaya Naka-ai Cigar Sumiko
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 double slit Music nib is available at an added premium, as are plated nibs in Pink Gold, Rhodium, Ruthenium, or Two-Tone.
Similar in appearance to the Matte Black Hairline but achieved through a very different and much more time intensive process, the Nakaya Naka-ai Cigar in Sumiko finish is an elegantly minimalist and modernistic fountain pen. Multiple layers of Sumi charcoal ink are applied over a period of months to create the smooth dark surface of this pen.
Like all Nakaya Urushi pens, each Naka-ai pen is made of hand-turned ebonite hard rubber. The Sumiko surface is then cured and stabilized over a lengthy period. The natural substances used give this pen a warm, comfortable feeling in the hand.
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. We recommend Platinum Carbon Black ink as a particularly appropriate complement to this finish.
Measurements & Specifications
|Cartridge Capacity||1.5 ml|
|Converter Capacity||0.5 ml|
|Ink Capacity||1.5 ml|
|Pen Weight||23.8 g|