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Nakaya Naka-ai Cigar Milky Way

Nakaya Naka-ai Cigar Milky Way

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For a reminder of how bright the night sky can be on a moonless night away from the city this Nakaya Naka-ai Cigar Milky Way with Raden ""stars"" will take you there. With its peaked ends and tapered body, this Naka-ai fountain pen beautifully complements the hand-placed Raden shell over a black urushi finish to evoke a celestial motif. As there is no clip on this Cigar model there is nothing to distract you from the abalone shell inlays in the form of a spiraling milky way.

Designed by Nakaya master pen designer Shinichi Yoshida in collaboration with John Mottishaw, the Naka-ai, with its peaked ends and tapered body, combines many of Nakaya’s most distinctive design features in a single model. ""Naka-ai"" has the meaning of middle or in-between, and brings to mind the Middle Way of Buddhist practice with its emphasis on balance, integrity, and centeredness. Appropriately enough, the Naka-ai occupies a midway position between Nakaya's smaller Piccolo series pens and the longer desk pen - this is a full-size pen that will be a very comfortable fit for most pen users.

Like all Nakaya Urushi pens, the Naka-ai Cigar Raden Milky Way is made of hand-turned ebonite hard rubber, then sent to the Wajima region in western Japan for this elaborate multi stage finish with Urushi lacquer.
These 14k nibs are well-suited to customizations including Stub, Cursive Italic, and Left Oblique, as well as the modification for added flex.
The Nakaya Naka-ai Cigar Milky Way with Raden 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.
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.

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