Nakaya Portable Cigar Spiketails

The Nakaya Portable Cigar Spiketails fountain pen is a glamorous Maki-e study of the mighty spiketail dragonfly. Gold and amber details accent the finish of this smooth and slender writing instrument.

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August 23, 2020



The Nakaya portable cigar spiketails is one of the most beautiful Nakaya pen I have. This makie technique allows the two ends of the pen to be semi-transparent while the middle part is opaque. The giant dragonfly with its laced wings and prominent eyes are ever so alluring. Every detail is so vividly crafted one can spend more time admiring the beauty of the pen than writing. However, the masterful customization of the nib to a sweet flexible left oblique makes this lovely pen an even more exciting writing instrument. The cigar portable model is a perfectly balanced pen which is very comfortable in the hand and the absence of the cap clip in this particular model allows the intricate details to be shown without interruption. Every order from has been an exciting adventure that always results in another pen which I treasure. The service is excellent, timely and personalized each and every time. During this time of social distancing, it is truly remarkable that John Mottishaw and David have continued to provide this incredible service. I highly recommend their pens and the company.

This remarkable fountain pen includes two rarely combined features. It is hand painted and semi-transparent.

The dragonfly wings turn diagonally around the cap in a stunning composition that begs the handler to rotate the pen. The effect is one of floating gossamer golden filigree over a deep transparent amber color.

This model was finished by coating transparent acrylic body with Shu (red) Urushi pigments. It is most transparent at the cap and barrel ends and becomes completely obscure in the middle of the pen. This shift from transparent to opaque is gradual and most noticeable when held up to light.

The barrel design is one of swamp grasses, the natural habitat of the Spiketails (dragonfly). The surfaces are raised to give texture to the motif. The gold dust is captured under layers of semi-clear urushi lacquer. 


The heavy decorative rice paper, simple solid softwood shipping box and fabric pouch make a lovely presentation for Nakaya Urushi pens. Sensible and elegant packaging have long been a hallmark of Nakaya.

Measurements & Specifications

Cap Type Threaded
Closed Length 5.9"
Postable Postable With Caution
Posted Length 6.5"
Barrel Length 4.2"
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 21.9 g
Barrel Diameter 0.6
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