Nakaya Naka-ai Writer Pen of the Year 2023 - Rabbit Looking At The Moon

The new Nakaya Naka-ai Writer Pen of the Year 2023 - Rabbit Looking At the Moon is being produced as a special exclusive and is only available through us here at Celebrating 2023 as the Year of the Rabbit on the Asian calendar and produced in a variety of advanced Maki-e techniques, this is one of the most beautiful and memorable pens we have yet seen from Tokyo-based Nakaya.

Just eight pens each in both the clipless Cigar version and with-clip Writer version are being produced - please note that the images seen on this page are from the artist's proof of the Cigar version. Each pen is individually hand-numbered by the Maki-e artist, and is provided with your choice of Nakaya 14k solid gold nib. We are an authorized Nakaya dealer.

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In Japanese art, rabbits are seen as symbols of good fortune, cleverness, and fertility, while the moon evokes both enlightenment and the natural world. Tame-sukashi and Yako Maki-e techniques are combined to realize this beautiful motif, and a silver powder is used to help create the evocative nocturnal ambience.

The extended kanji on the barrel of each pen reads, " Pen of the Year," followed by the limited edition number of the individual pen. Nakaya 14k solid gold nibs provide a variety of tipping sizes - choose a broader nib for best results with our popular customizations such as Left Oblique, Cursive Italic, or Architects Point, or the Fine Soft for our famous Spencerian customization.

The Naka-ai is's exclusive Nakaya model, created by company founder John Mottishaw in collabration with legendary designer Shinichi Yoshida of Nakaya. Nakaya pens can fill using any standard fountain pen ink when fitted with the easy to use converter, provided by us free of charge with your purchase. Consult our bottled ink offerings for a wide variety of inks we can recommend. The pen can also fill using convenient disposable Platinum brand ink cartridges.

Each Nakaya pen ships in a special paulownia softwood presentation box decorated with kanji-style script. A fabric pen kimono and starter pack of Platinum ink cartridges are included along with the converter. As always, our complimentary nib tuning adjusts pressure and optimum ink flow to your own personal preferences.

Measurements & Specifications

Clip With Clip
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 26.4 g
Barrel Diameter 0.6
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