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The Secret Lives of Nakaya Pens


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#1 QM2

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 18:56



The Secret Lives of Nakaya Pens
a Candid Photo-Documentary


Nakaya pens have long been a topic of fascination for FPN member. But what do we really know
about the private lives of these mysterious beauties? Traditionally, the secret world of Nakaya
pens has been fiercely protected from onlookers. Human admirers were allowed to glimpse only
the superficial outer layer of their rich and nuanced lifestyles. But now, for the first time in fountain
pen history, I have gained access into the private realm of Nakaya. I hereby share my footage
in this candid photo documentary.























The Nakaya pens shown in this footage:

. Nakaya Piccolo Kuro-Tamenuri clipless c. 2007, with personalization in silver maki-e,
two-tone SEF elastic nib, ordered directly from Nakaya.

. Nkaya Decapod Heki-Tamenuri clipless c. 2008, single-tone stiff nib, reground to
a 0.55mm stub by John Mottishaw, ordered from Mottishaw.

Edited by QM2, 25 October 2008 - 13:42.


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#2 thibaulthalpern

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 19:29

Maybe I am dense, but what do the photographs have to do with the pen in the foreground?
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Posted 24 October 2008 - 19:33

QUOTE (thibaulthalpern @ Oct 24 2008, 07:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Maybe I am dense, but what do the photographs have to do with the pen in the foreground?


These Nakayas are Japanese pens, where traditional urushi and maki-e techniques have been used for the finish. So I used a book of old Japanese photographs as a background for the photo-shoot of my pens. By integrating the Nakyas into the photographs as actors and objects, I was hoping to add a new, and slightly off-kilter angle to depicting these pens. There are, after all, only so many ways to photograph a pen; might as well have fun with it!

Edited by QM2, 25 October 2008 - 00:01.


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Posted 24 October 2008 - 19:39

Cute! But what you need to find is some shunga to spice things up.

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 19:42


Thanks for taking the time, QM2, those pictures are so beautiful! And I love the pens, of course; I have a Piccolo and would like to have a Decapod Heka-Tamenuri someday.


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Posted 24 October 2008 - 19:44

Nice idea and very well done. Must have been a funny creative process! biggrin.gif

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 19:48

I do say that pen is gorgeous!
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Posted 24 October 2008 - 19:53

That is a very lovely photo series, QM2! Nicely done!

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 21:22

Thanks all. I liked the way Nakaya anthropomorphisizes these pens by putting them in "pen kimonos," so I took it to the next level : )

One useful aspect of some of these photos, is that they show off the subtle blue-green colour of the Decapod better than other backgrounds. Particularly around the thread area, you can see what a lovely hue it is.

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 00:08

QUOTE (Neill78 @ Oct 24 2008, 07:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Cute! But what you need to find is some shunga to spice things up.

Neill


I suspect that would be against FPN policy : )

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 02:32

What a marvelous sense of humor and an artistic sense of sleeze! I love these photos. Thank you.

[Cute! But what you need to find is some shunga to spice things up.
I suspect that would be against FPN policy : )]


Rats! It would be interesting.

Edited by FrankB, 25 October 2008 - 02:34.


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Posted 25 October 2008 - 16:17

QUOTE (FrankB @ Oct 25 2008, 02:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What a marvelous sense of humor and an artistic sense of sleeze! I love these photos. Thank you.

[Cute! But what you need to find is some shunga to spice things up.
I suspect that would be against FPN policy : )]


Rats! It would be interesting.



Artistic sense of sleeze!
Jeez, I really did not mean for these to be so sinister as I think people are interpreting them : ) I have many books of old Japanese prints and postcards. Some of these picture courtesans, but others are just regular women engaged in daily activities. No unwholesome intent here, honest!

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 17:15

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 17:39

Wow! Beautiful! Thanks, QM2. This was just what I need as I enter my 4th month of waiting for my new Nakaya. So THAT'S what takes them so long to make --Those pens are always cosying up to musical instruments and beds.

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 20:44

Great photos - but everyone looks very Austrian

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 02:09

QUOTE (thibaulthalpern @ Oct 24 2008, 03:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Maybe I am dense, but what do the photographs have to do with the pen in the foreground?

It's what is known as "artistic license". QM2 did a marvelous job. I really enjoy the interplay of the pen with the photos. 'Thi', just take a little more time to look at them and you should begin to see...


...the light. smile.gif

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 02:13

QUOTE (solitaire @ Oct 25 2008, 08:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Great photos - but everyone looks very Austrian


Austrian?.. Funny you say that; I live in Vienna on and off -- so perhaps was unintentionally influenced by that!

BTW: I have now posted a review of the Decapod here:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=80578

Thanks for the comments on the photos everyone : )

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 03:33

QUOTE (MYU @ Oct 25 2008, 07:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
'Thi', just take a little more time to look at them and you should begin to see...


...the light. smile.gif


Well, I'm dense like that, ya know. Maybe I'll be less dense if someone bought me a Nakaya because then I can really appreciate and begin to see the light. Wanna take first dibs?
;-) LOL smile.gif

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 03:36

QUOTE (thibaulthalpern @ Oct 26 2008, 01:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (MYU @ Oct 25 2008, 07:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
'Thi', just take a little more time to look at them and you should begin to see...

...the light. smile.gif

Well, I'm dense like that, ya know. Maybe I'll be less dense if someone bought me a Nakaya because then I can really appreciate and begin to see the light. Wanna take first dibs?
;-) LOL smile.gif

He doesn't have one himself... kinda shameful if you ask me. tongue.gif

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 05:24

QUOTE (QM2 @ Oct 24 2008, 06:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I suspect that would be against FPN policy : )


I don't know.. if it's a woodblock print it might fall into the "art" category. Or you could use the pen as the kuro-sen (black line) to hide the naughty bits. thumbup.gif

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