With its earthy brown thread, rich amber-toned finish, and slender shape, the Nakaya Portable Cigar String-Rolled Shiro-tamenuri fountain pen combines streamlined simplicity with unique aesthetic details. The rare white (Shiro) base radiates like warm sunlight from beneath the mahogany-hued lacquer.
The brown string wrapped around the middle not only provides a visual and textural delight, but it also serves a functional purpose by strengthening the area around the cap and barrel edges. String wrapping has a long history as a decorative art in Japan - tsukamaki, for instance, is the art of sword handle wrapping.
This Nakaya fountain pen is made of hand-turned ebonite hard rubber
that is meticulously coated with Urushi, a material
made from the sap of a Japanese lacquer tree. The process of collecting
the Urushi and applying many layers of lacquer to this fountain
pen takes a minimum of three months or more to complete. For a variation on Shiro-tamenuri finish, take a look at the distressed Nakaya Naka-ai Cigar Negoro Shiro-tame Fountain Pen.
In this string-rolled model fine string is embedded in the urushi lacquer, then given coats of natural resin. The Shiro under-layer on the cap and barrel has a subtly undulated or mottled appearance, with varying areas of lighter or darker finish.
The Nakaya Portable Cigar String-Rolled Shiro-tamenuri is provided standard with your choice of solid gold 14k single-tone nib in Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad, or Extra Broad, with Fine Soft, Medium Soft, and Super Extra Fine nibs also available.
The Nakaya double slit Music nib is available at an added premium, as are plated nibs in Pink Gold, Rhodium, Ruthenium, and Two-Tone - consult our Nakaya Nibs page for details.
These smooth-writing nibs are well-suited to customizations including Stub, Cursive Italic, and Left Oblique, as well as the modification for added flex - see our nib customizations page for more information.
Our Price: $800
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. Consult our Nakaya Availability Chart, updated weekly, to see which pens we currently have in stock and available for immediate shipment, or simply to browse for pens by finish or motif.
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. See our nib set-up and optimization page for more details.