I think our very own Winedoc puts these pens up for sale just to tempt me. Well, as usual, I couldn't resist so my mailbox today had a Danitrio Short Octagon Tamenuri pen waiting for me. All my Danis at the moment are either flexy F/EF or stub nibs and clipless so I thought I would try something different this time. This one has a clip and I fully intend it to be a daily work pen and I got a flexy M nib on it.
It's a very nice pen, finished to the usual Danitrio high standard. The brown pen box is a new one for me - usually they arrive in piano black. This is not my first short octagon and as with all the others, I pulled out the converter, slapped some silicone grease on the threads and went to work with the eye-dropper. Iroshizuku Kon-Peki is the ink of choice.
When I first started writing with it, it was a little hard starting as can be expected for a never inked pen. A few scribbles here and there and it was flowing nicely. Well what I noticed was a very pleasant effect - with a nice shading ink like Iroshizuku, just a little flourish of the hand produces very nice shading on the ink with this pen. Normally, with a F or EF flexy nib they are too scratchy for you to write with a little vigour and have a smooth writing experience. With this larger nib, you can do exactly that. When I say vigour, I mean applying a tiny bit of pressure while writing the down strokes but not so much as to make the tines spread a large amount. It's hard for me to explain so here's a picture (top line in pair is writen with normal pressure, bottom with a little vigour).
It's very pleasing to me to have such a versatile pen with a nib size that I can comfortably use at work and a variation that adds character to my writing with no effort. The Dani is going to join my Nakaya in my daily "take to work" rotation. Although the zen of clipless is fine at home, a clip is essential for out of the house.
Now I'm wondering if I should have the nib plated all rhodium to sleeken the pen up...
Father and Son:
The Genkai Tamenuri is an older pen and you can see how the colour has lightened over that time. Same artist - Kogaku.
Not a very exciting review but I hope at least some find the pictures enjoyable.
Edited by Siv, 25 March 2010 - 03:29.