Nakaya Naka-ai Cigar Tamesukashi Cat

The Tame-Sukashi Cat provides a warm and naturalistic portrait of a clearly beloved feline. Nakaya clearly has a soft spot for cats - following on the popularity of the Enjoying the Moon Cat and the Cat Paradise. Beautifully portrayed on this Nakaya Naka-ai, this cat sits in its regal grandeur.  


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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 Desk pen - this is a pen that will be a very comfortable fit for most pen users. And the cat motif reinforces this attitude. 

Nakaya Naka-ai pens are hand-turned from ebonite hard rubber at the Nakaya workshop in Tokyo and then painstakingly hand-finished with Urushi lacquer in the Wajima region of Japan. Motifs are hand-painted using traditional methods by skilled Maki-e artists.



This pen has been realized in smooth Tame-sukashi technique, with the lyrically naturalistic design originally created for a prominent Japanese actress. The gold underlying motif will become prominent in time as the layers of clear Urushi lacquer mature and become more transparent.



The layered Tame-nuri colors reveal lighter red at the edges giving the impression that the pen is glowing from within.

The Nakaya Naka-ai Tame-sukashi Cat is provided 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.
14k nibs are well-suited to customizations including Stub, Cursive Italic, and Left Oblique, as well as the modification for added flex.


Nakaya pens ship in a solid softwood shipping box decorated with Japanese Kanji script and lined with decorative rice paper. A fabric pen "kimono" and starter box of Platinum brand cartridges are also included, making this pen a lovely presentation item. Sensible and elegant packaging has long been a hallmark of the Nakaya brand.

The Nakaya Tame-sukashi Cat can be filled with bottled fountain pen ink using the provided converter. Nakaya pens can also use Platinum brand ink cartridges. Hand-painted Maki-e converters are also available.
Nakaya pens are individually handcrafted in a process that requires a minimum of three to six months and often much longer, so pre-ordering is recommended. 
Unless requested otherwise, each pen or nib you purchase from us will be carefully examined, tested, and optimized for your personal writing characteristics before we send it to you. 

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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