About time I post another review! This one is about one of my most prized pens (well, over time I intend to sell any pen that's not among the most prized ones, so.. )
This pen is one of Nakaya's larger and fatter models but still rather lightweight. It's done in vibrant red Urushi. In fact it's probably the "reddest" Urushi pen I own.
The pen's name is referring to the "fin" in the cap, a rather sharp edge that prevents the pen from rolling off your desk and gives it a rather unique appearance. The nature of the lacquer technique draws even more attention to the fin since the colour will appear brighter around edges. Nakaya pens are hand turned from ebonite before covered with lacquer and from what I hear the fin is not part of the ebonite shell but made by heaping up the lacquer.
I can't really imagine how this is achieved, but it must be one hell of an effort.
The barrel is decorated with Kanji saying "writer", the grip section sports a gold Zogan. Due to the nicely balanced and light weight and the larger and fatter section it is extraordinarily nice to hold. The Zogan is perfectly flush, you can't feel where it starts and the lacquer surface begins.
I am fascinated by music nibs, and the two-tone plating of the nib makes their beauty shine even more.
I ordered this pen directly from Nakaya in Japan and unfortunately the nib was somewhat dry out of the box. Oxonian adjusted it and now it writes beautifully - there are few things more annoying than a beautiful pen that makes you want to throw it out the window because it won't write like it should. If I ordered it via John Mottishaw that probably wouldn't have happened.
Still I won't complain because during the 3 months of waiting for the pen to be made I changed my mind a bit about the nibs, asked for a music nib, then made up my mind to go back to a "simple" nib because I couldn't afford the extra for the music nib at that time. Nakaya responded to all of this very politely and in the end the pen arrived with the music nib.
There are plenty of writing samples for the Nakaya/Platinum music nibs around and mine is a little ugly, so I'll skip that part until I have a better one. :-D
Some more pictures and musings about the pen can be found at my blog.
Edited by elderberry, 27 October 2012 - 07:11.