Nakaya Piccolo Cigar Housoge White

Swirls of vines and flowers dance along the entire length of the cap and barrel of the Nakaya Piccolo Cigar Chinkoku Housoge White fountain pen. The Housoge floral pattern has its origins in the Tenpyo period, 729-749 CE, during which time Buddhism was becoming an officially recognized state religion in Japan. The Housoge represents an idealized hybrid "flower in paradise" as envisioned by the Pure Land Buddhism of the period.

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The Nakaya Piccolo Cigar Chinkoku Housoge White fountain pen is handcrafted from ebonite and Urushi lacquer, and comes standard with solid gold 14k 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.

With its cream-colored finish and hand-engraved floral design, the Nakaya Piccolo Cigar Chinkoku Housoge White fountain pen is the stunning result of a time-intensive process. The compact Piccolo model provides the perfect backdrop for the delicate Housoge pattern.

The Housoge floral pattern has its origins in the Tenpyo period, 729-749 CE, during which time Buddhism was becoming an officially recognized state religion in Japan. The Housoge represents an idealized hybrid "flower in paradise" as envisioned by the Pure Land Buddhism of the period.
Maki-e artists handcrafted this writing instrument using the Chinkin technique, whereby a sharp instrument is used to etch a design into a lacquered surface, and then filled with powder. In this case carbon is sprinkled on the carved Housoge pattern which allows the design to stand out against the off-white backdrop, and also creates a tactile effect. This process takes many months to complete.
This hand-turned ebonite fountain pen fits comfortably in the hand.  Even the softly coned cap ends and the section carry the Housoge flowers, so that the pattern blossoms everywhere uninterrupted.
Nakaya 14k nibs are well-suited to customizations including Stub, Cursive Italic, and Left Oblique, as well as the modification for added flex.
Nakaya pens can be filled with bottled fountain pen ink using the provided converter, and can also use Platinum brand cartridges. Hand-painted Maki-e converters are also available.
 
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.

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 it ships. 

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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