Nakaya Portable Cigar Sumiko Camellia

Maki-e, literally "sprinkled powder," is a general term for the process by which figurative or abstract designs are created by sprinkling pigment or metallic powder onto the surface of Urushi lacquer while it is still wet. There are many varieties of Maki-e, such as Tame-sukashi, Raden, and Chinkin.

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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 bold, raised Camellia flower motif set against a subtly shimmering backdrop, the Nakaya Portable Cigar Sumiko Camellia Flower fountain pen is a striking writing instrument. The style of the flower is based on the Sumi "India Ink" technique.

The Camellia flower is built up using black Urushi lacquer with the Sumi-ko "heaping up" technique as is seen on the Sumi-ko Dragon or the Sumi Cherry Blossoms. This provides a textural element which contrasts with the smooth surface of the rest of the pen.

Inside the petals the pistil is made with the Nashiji (matte finishing) technique and sprinkled with gold powders.

What on first glance appears to be a flat uniform surface turns out to be made up of uniform sprinkles of gold powder in a matrix of pigmented urushi, polished to a low sheen. 
A small bud on the barrel is heaped with silver powders, drawn with colored Urushi, and finally sprinkled with gold powders.

The smooth, slender shape of the Portable Cigar model serves as an excellent canvas for the detailed Camellia maki-e. 
Nakaya pens can be filled with bottled fountain pen ink using the provided converter, and can also use Platinum brand ink cartridges. Hand-painted Maki-e converters are also available.

Nakaya smooth-writing 14k nibs are also well-suited to customizations including Stub, Cursive Italic, or 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.

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. 

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
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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