Nakaya Piccolo Cigar Enjoying The Moon Cat

A black cat painted in Yakou Maki-e technique gazes up contemplatively at the moon, as does a smaller mouse depicted by the cat's side. However this evocative fountain pen represents more than simply a cat, a mouse, and the moon. This pen embodies the sense of appreciation that a passive observer can have for the natural world. The Yakou Maki-e technique adds texture to the critters, bringing them to life.

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The Nakaya Piccolo Cigar Yakou Maki-e 'Enjoying the Moon Cat' fountain pen is handcrafted from ebonite and Urushi lacquer, and comes standard with solid gold 14k single-tone nib in your choice of tipping size.

With its whimsical and evocative design, the Nakaya Piccolo Cigar Yakou Maki-e 'Enjoying the Moon Cat' is based on a sketch by a Nakaya customer who loved cats. The compact Piccolo Cigar model is a perfect size and shape for this composition.

The artist uses Tame-Sukashi technique to paint the moon in striking reddish orange, ensuring that it will increase in brightness over time. Paw prints on the gripping section and the featured cat are made using the Yakou Maki-e technique whereby the images are painted in black Urushi over an Aka-tamenuri base.

This elegant design is transformative. We have preserved the Japanese syntax of the title because it so clearly captures the essence of this pen.

Similar to Tame-Sukashi and often used in conjunction with it, Yakou Maki-e involves creating a painted motif under layers of clear smooth Urushi lacquer. In Yakou Maki-e, however, the motif itself is painted in black Urushi over a Tame-Nuri base.


The Nakaya Piccolo Cigar 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.


This is a more compact fountain pen than the Naka-ai or Neo Standard, yet will fit comfortably in most hands. This pen is pictured with a solid gold yellow nib, but a pink gold-plated nib would also be an excellent choice for this design.
Small paw prints have been painted along the gripping section to give the illusion of a cat tracking paw prints across the pen.

14k nibs are well-suited to customizations including Stub, Cursive Italic, and Left Oblique, as well as the modification for added flex.

 
Decorative rice paper, a simple solid softwood shipping box decorated with Japanese Kanji script, and a fabric pen "kimono" are all included with this pen, making it a lovely presentation item. Sensible and elegant packaging has long been a hallmark of the Nakaya brand.

Nakaya pens are individually handcrafted in a process that requires a minimum of three to six months and often much longer. 

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 ship it to you.

Measurements & Specifications

Cap Type Threaded
Closed Length 5.1"
Postable Postable With Caution
Posted Length 6.3"
Barrel Length 3.7"
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 20.6 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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