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#1 geoduc

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 21:06

I own and love several Nakaya pens. I like the long grip section that is found on the Desk Pen, Neo Standard and Long models, but would prefer the section to be a little bit larger in diameter. Nakaya currently offers the Dorsal Fin and a 17mm Long Cigar with a larger diameter section, but I wanted something a little different. In perusing the Nakaya website, I noticed that they use a 17mm Portable size pen as the base for several of their maki-e models, so I contacted Classic Fountain Pens (www.nibs.com) and asked if Nakaya would be willing to make me a 17mm Portable Cigar in the standard aka-tamenuri finish. They agreed, and here is the finished product.

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As you can see, the aka-tamenuri finish is beautiful on this pen, and the long, large diameter section makes it a joy to hold and use. The section is slightly over 1mm larger in diameter than the standard Nakaya models. Doesn't sound like much, but it is definitely noticeable in the hand.

Here are the vital statistics for those who might be interested.
Capped length: 151 mm
Unposted length: 137 mm
Posted length: Pen is not designed to be posted
Section length: 23.3 mm
Section diameter: 13.1 (max)/11.5 (min) mm
Weight capped: 32 g
Weight uncapped: 25 g

The fill system is the standard Nakaya cartridge/converter setup. There's not much to say about it, other than noting that all the pens I own with this system have been utterly reliable.

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I have had a little prior experience with stock Platinum/Nakaya music nibs and wasn't impressed with their line variation, so I asked John Mottishaw to regrind mine to a full width smooth cursive italic with a moderately wet flow. In a word, this nib is superb. It has good line variation (vertical lines ~1.1mm, horizontals ~0.45mm), yet is very forgiving with no sharp edges. There is no problem with finding and maintaining the sweet spot while writing. This nib has quickly become a favorite in my collection.

Finally, I'll show a couple of images comparing the 17mm Portable with a standard Portable Writer.

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Capped, the pens are the same length - the only difference is in the girth (17mm vs. 15mm)

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Uncapped, the differences become more apparent. The section on the 17mm Portable is 23.3mm long and 11.5mm at the narrowest point versus 16.6mm long and 10.3mm at the narrowest point for the Portable Writer. The Portable Writer is a great everyday carry pen that I use for quick notes, but I find it uncomfortable for long writing sessions because of the short, narrow section. The 17mm Portable solves that for me.

In summary, the 17mm Portable is a great option for those who like a pen with a large girth and a generous section. I'll definitely add another one of these or a Dorsal Fin to my collection in the future.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 21:29

Great review of a beautiful pen!...This may be my Grail Nakaya...Wonderful! :puddle: :clap1:
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 21:55

That's very beautiful. The little bit of black is a great touch.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 21:57

So pretty! I like your nib choice. The comparison photos are great--they really show off the larger girth of the pen.


Quick, someone notify Ghost Plane. She could have a blue dragon put on the 17mm Long model with a nice fat music nib! :ninja:

#5 geoduc

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 22:03

Great review of a beautiful pen!...This may be my Grail Nakaya...Wonderful! :puddle: :clap1:


If the weather cooperates, you'll get a chance to try it out in a couple of weeks. It's beautiful.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 00:46


Great review of a beautiful pen!...This may be my Grail Nakaya...Wonderful! :puddle: :clap1:


If the weather cooperates, you'll get a chance to try it out in a couple of weeks. It's beautiful.


ME TOO, ME TOO! I WANT TO GET MY HANDS ON IT!

Nice review. Thanks.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 00:48

The background of your pics look scary man .... :unsure:

Nice pen though :thumbup:

#8 geoduc

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:30

That's very beautiful. The little bit of black is a great touch.


I hadn't thought about it, but you're right. The black cap threads do provide a nice break in the expanse of red color.

#9 geoduc

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:37

The background of your pics look scary man .... :unsure:

Nice pen though :thumbup:


My daughter gave me the background picture for Christmas - it's a scanning electron microscope image of flower pollen. I'm still trying to identify the pollen types...is there a palynologist in the house??

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:52

Beautiful! Mind sharing the price?

Also, I wonder if Nakaya offers a larger nib, or is this the nib they normally use in the 17mmbody?

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 02:48

Beautiful Portable Cigar!

Today, I was writing with my aka-tamenuri Naka-ai (aka Naka-ai), and I was mesmerized by the beauty of the aka-tamenuri. Such a beautiful color.

Hooray! Congratulations!
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:32

Beautiful! Mind sharing the price?

Also, I wonder if Nakaya offers a larger nib, or is this the nib they normally use in the 17mmbody?


The base pen was $650, so there's a $100 premium over the standard size Portables. The music nib and custom grind increased the total cost to $785.

Nakaya doesn't offer a larger nib, unfortunately. I'd love to see one on the big pens.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:38

Beautiful Portable Cigar!

Today, I was writing with my aka-tamenuri Naka-ai (aka Naka-ai), and I was mesmerized by the beauty of the aka-tamenuri. Such a beautiful color.

Hooray! Congratulations!



Thanks, Lisa! I'm not normally a red person, but I fell in love with this one as soon as it came out of the package. I love the depth of the finish and the way the color variation in the base layer is visible through the outer urushi layers. I can't wait to see what it looks like in a year or two as the urushi becomes more transparent.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:10

Beautiful pen - I do not own a music nib yet - but this review gives me a bit more confidence to try one.

thanks for sharing! The background pictures are cool!

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 06:43


Great review of a beautiful pen!...This may be my Grail Nakaya...Wonderful! :puddle: :clap1:


If the weather cooperates, you'll get a chance to try it out in a couple of weeks. It's beautiful.

I am truly looking forward to it! :bunny01:
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 15:28

Hi,

I think this is interesting. It's a chunky version of the Nakaya Portable Cigar. I don't have big hands, so I asked Nakaya to make me a pen that was a slim as they could make it. They did, but the difference between it and the regular model isn't so great because they are limited by the size of the nibs they use.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:02

Interesting customization.


How is the barrel width compared to the long cigar model?


Enjoy the new beauty!

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:10

That is a beautiful pen! I like Nakayas and I like big pens, so a big Nakaya, I'll be calling nibs.com, soon.
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:20

Interesting customization.

How is the barrel width compared to the long cigar model?

Enjoy the new beauty!


The standard Long Cigar is 15mm in diameter, although Classic Fountain Pens can special order a 17mm Long Cigar if desired.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 11:24


Interesting customization.

How is the barrel width compared to the long cigar model?

Enjoy the new beauty!


The standard Long Cigar is 15mm in diameter, although Classic Fountain Pens can special order a 17mm Long Cigar if desired.


Thanks for the information! :thumbup:

A 17mm Long Cigar is definitely desired. I've got my eye on a few Danitrios, so after that, it's on to the 17mm Long Cigar!

Out of curiosity, did it take more time for the modified order to come through? I don't know what the current wait time is for customized Nakayas these days. Also, will they enlarge the diameter of other colors?

Cheers!


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Posted 02 January 2013 - 12:24

nice pen with a great nib :thumbup:
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 17:54


Beautiful! Mind sharing the price?

Also, I wonder if Nakaya offers a larger nib, or is this the nib they normally use in the 17mmbody?


The base pen was $650, so there's a $100 premium over the standard size Portables. The music nib and custom grind increased the total cost to $785.

Nakaya doesn't offer a larger nib, unfortunately. I'd love to see one on the big pens.



Rock on! Thanks for sharing. Side by side the standard pen does look more balanced. Perhaps if this continues Nakaya will offer a jumbo nib.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 00:30

Very nice, thanks for sharing!

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:15



Interesting customization.

How is the barrel width compared to the long cigar model?

Enjoy the new beauty!


The standard Long Cigar is 15mm in diameter, although Classic Fountain Pens can special order a 17mm Long Cigar if desired.


Thanks for the information! :thumbup:

A 17mm Long Cigar is definitely desired. I've got my eye on a few Danitrios, so after that, it's on to the 17mm Long Cigar!

Out of curiosity, did it take more time for the modified order to come through? I don't know what the current wait time is for customized Nakayas these days. Also, will they enlarge the diameter of other colors?

Cheers!


This was actually one of the faster special orders I've gotten from Nakaya; it took about four months for the pen to arrive. I've ordered four pens with various levels of customization and the wait time ranged from four to eight months.

I'm sure they'll make the pen in any of the colors, all you have to do is ask.I chose this color because I already have pens in the heki-tamenuri and kuro-tamenuri finishes and I wanted to have aka-tamenuri as well.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 23:49

A brilliant review of a brilliant pen. I lust after these, so much! Maybe one day... By the way, which Nakaya pen would you recommend as the first one? I typically like pens about the size of a Montblanc 146, or so. Thanks!
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 00:17

Now that's a pen.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 02:44

Amazing pen! Thanks for all the great pictures. Reviewers can write a lot of words, but some high quality photos really sell the pen.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:38

Thanks for the informative and enjoyable review; as said above the super pics really set off this impressive pen......

Given the order was for a custom build, can you share what your lead time was between order placement and delivery?

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 15:22

Thanks for the informative and enjoyable review; as said above the super pics really set off this impressive pen......

Given the order was for a custom build, can you share what your lead time was between order placement and delivery?


The lead time was a little over four months from order to delivery. It did take an additional two months to get the initial price quote before I could place my order, although that was unusual. I think the folks at Nakaya were not clear on exactly what I wanted so it took a while to sort that out.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 17:39

Not that I am a doctor or anything, but are these viruses in magnification I see as background of your photos? :yikes:
Your pen is just breathtaking! And that nib looks awesome - the writing sample is just amazing...
I am very happy for you, I recently found out first hand how delightful pens Nakayas can be.
Enjoyed your review very much.

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