As I sit back and wait (im)patiently for my Nakaya Cigar Piccolo Decapod Kuro-tamenuri to be crafted to my specifications, I wonder about how much longer will we be privileged to have Nakaya fountain pens hand made.
Please correct me if I'm wrong. It's my understanding that they only employ four craftsmen to hand make their pens and perusing through Nakaya's site, the age of them are 76, 51, 75, and 82 years young! Their years of experience are great and I would imagine that it would not be easy to replace such expertise easily in case of the inevitable fate that consumes us all. Still I wonder what would happen to Nakaya when this day comes. Will they be able to find other people to take their place? Will the fountain pens be made to the similar exacting standards? Will the production become mechanized? What do you think?
In the mean time, I'll sit back and appreciate the fact that these fine craftsmen are beginning to make my pen and hope for the best.