The staff brought out a few Presidents for me to try. I sampled one Medium and two Broads and chose to bag the wetter of the B nibs. I took the President to Mr. Yoshida, who subtly aligned the nib and feed. Before his touch, the nib had a bit of the typical silky 3776 feedback. After his gentle adjustments, the feedback was almost imperceptible.
I guesstimate flow to be about a 7/10 using Platinum non-carbon black. Line width is closer to a Pelikan Medium. This may be too narrow for those who like Teutonic Broads but those who are accustomed to Japanese line widths will not mind.
I like how this nib looks. Very Art Deco in some ways.
Posted, the pen is only slightly longer than a Sailor 1911 Large but is lighter in weight. Balance is more neutral compared to the Sailor's forward bias. I have found this pen to be just as comfortable as the 1911 Large for long writing sessions and I am surprised that there are very few reviews of this model here on FPN.
I would have been happy to go home with the President and my older pens in tow, but Yoshida had something on his table that called out to me. I have seen Platinum and Nakaya Briars in Light before and while they were pretty, the magic just wasn't there. In Dark however, the attraction was fatal.
I asked Mr. Yoshida to fit a Music nib to the pen and if possible, to thin the cross-stroke a bit more. He nodded and went to work. After setting the feed and nib with steam, his honing stones got busy. Twenty minutes and one adjustment later, I was entranced by the lush lines that the reground Music nib was dishing out.
The Briar is about the same size as my Higo Zogan and shares the wasp-waisted section that Platinum/Nakaya uses on its slip-capped pens. Unlike the featherweight Zogan, this one feels dense. It does not handle sluggishly but its heft is immediately (and pleasantly) noticeable. The balance while posted is exquisite, but I prefer not to post this model if I can help it.
Both pens are excellent examples of what Platinum/Nakaya offers to the pen-loving public. But what eclipses the craftsmanship of each pen is the time I got to spend with the people who make the pens and this hobby so great. The Singapore pen posse is one of the most welcoming communities I have ever encountered and I am happy to have met the faces behind FPN handles.
I don't think the Nakaya clinic will be a regular flick at a theater near you. But if it does come to your neck of the woods, I urge you to fall in line and enjoy the show.
Edited by KarloT, 03 December 2012 - 17:00.