When I saw this pen at the Nakaya studio/office in June, I was struck by its very traditional Japanese brown-and-green color scheme. It is arguably the most understated of the tamenuri pens. The heki-tamenuri is rendered in Nakaya's website as blue green, which refers to the greenish undercoating that you can see at the edges, and especially the threads. The pen's over-coating is a slightly reddish deep brown which should eventually turn into the much lighter brown pen that I saw at Nakaya (an older pen, no doubt).
It's colors match the understatement of its shape and simplicity, but it is so lustrous that I just keep staring at it. I especially like the variation in color you get in the threads (where the green comes through) and just above it, where the brown is much lighter than on other parts of the pen.
As has been noted by others before, the most notable feature of these tamenuri pens is tactile. When I pick up and hold most other fountain pens and begin writing with them, my habit is to feel its balance, see how it looks in my hand, ˜feel" its weight, and then focus on the nib. With this one, there is so much pleasure in just touching the layered and polished urushi. Regular plastic (sorry, resin) has a shiny surface, but the odd combination of lightness (weight) and sheen with such depth makes this pen mesmerizing.
I quickly tried out an array of nibs at Nakaya, and they reminded me of Platinum pen nibs. The flexible nib was a new experience for me, though, and as someone who likes cursive italics, it was a treat to experience another way to get a similar effect. The pen that arrived is a very smooth writer, and I am glad that I chose the flexible nib. But, it is a bit too wet for my taste, and as my writing sample states (below), the copious ink flow tends to counteract the width variation I would be able to get by varying the pressure that I apply.
I tried to take photos of a writing sample using Frederic Chopin (a dark avocado green) ink by De Atramentis, but I could not come close to reproducing its color. It makes me wonder how far off these pen photos are, too!
This converter took a lot of work, first to find two goldfish small enough to fit into the tube, and then finding a way to keep them alive. Okay, sorry for the very bad joke.
I tend to like shorter pens, the Pelikan M400s being about perfect for me, and so I decided to purchase the Piccolo. Capped, they are almost identical in length, but when posted the Piccolo is over half an inch longer than the M425. And since the wondrous urushi finish does not invite posting, in retrospect, I might have been happier with the Piccolo Writer Model which is slightly longer.
I don't have an all-time favorite pen, since their uses can be so different. But I know that I will be getting immense pleasure growing older with this one.
Edited by chibimie, 15 August 2007 - 23:08.