Thank you for the responses.
I wanted to ask another question. Am not sure if I should ask here or start another tread.
Thinking of getting a customised FP and the choices are between a Nakaya vs Hakase. I am just wondering which route to go. One is a platinum nib with Urushi over ebonite and one is main Pilot nibs with various wood offering but it seems to be at a higher price level.
I wonder if you have had such deliberations before. I have both pilot and platinum nibs and appreciate the differences between both and use both.
I have both several custom Nakayas, and several custom Hakases. The process is really as different as the pens. With Nakaya you will be dealing with a relatively faceless conglomerate or going through a third party as you ask and they interpret. With Hakase you will be dealing directly and solely with the man who will make your actual pen.
Their aesthetics and ethos are very different. One uses relatively pedestrian materials (if you can call ebonite and urushi pedestrian) and is in effect a nicely decorated Platinum; the other uses exotic materials and, Pilot nib feed and filling system aside, is fully hand made. If you can, watch a video of Hakase threads being cut - it's mesmerizing. All furniture on Hakase is either hand-beaten solid silver or solid gold. On a Nakaya, it isn't.
Of course you pay for these differences and the delta is huge. That said, I personally believe a Hakase is worth every penny.