The Danitrio Mikado doesn’t need an introduction since there are several very detailed reviews of this impressive writing instrument. What does need an introduction is the “Frankenstein” look this pen presents adorned with a flat top. Danitrio has finally branched out the once exclusive raw finish flattop Mikado to their luscious urushi offerings.
Appearance – (10/10)
Imposing; a walking giant among giants. Danitrio’s in general are large pens to begin with often benchmarking the specifications of the vaulted MB 149. What differentiates the Mikado is that it eats the MB 149 as a snack!
One would think that the sheer size of the pen, it’s section and barrel would turn off the majority of users. But given it’s ebonite (lightweight) construction, eye-dropper filling mechanism and bare bones, efficient construction, this giant among giants actually gives credence to more is less.
Dressed wearing the morphing properties of tame-midori, the look is undeniable, distinct and yet familiar. It haunts, paralyzes and gives pause as you reflect on the grandeur of this instrument, while invoking thought that channels your words to hand.
I purchased this pen for two reasons. First the Tame-midori is such a captivating finish. Second, the flattop presentation of the Mikado changes the aesthetic appeal and marketing of the pen. What is the traditional, accepted torpedo shape has moved in favor to a squared top and bottom. Traditional meets contemporary, while still retaining Danitrio’s quality… this pen impresses.
*** Comparison vs. Nakaya Long Cigar Kikyo ***
Nib – (10/10)
The nib is proportionate to the dimensions of this pen. In one word: Remarkable. Large is generally not synonymous with fast and sleek. It’s oxymoronic. How can such a large pen draw with a quick hand? Outfit the pen with Danitrio’s remarkable Fine nib, that's how.
The nib’s smooth, fine point accentuates the most minute change in angle as you write. While you would think it would bog down because of the sheer size, the experience is quite refreshing and familiar. No lengthy adjustment process here. Pick her up and drive…
The feed provides dependable ink delivery with no skipping even with my high angle, unorthodox left-handed, over writing position. (say that fast 3 times!)
** Note: As previously suggested, it’s always a good idea to flush your nibs/feeds before inking. This ensures that any remaining oils from the manufacturing process are removed ensuring consistent ink delivery. I make it a point to flush the pens with water and soap before I ink any new pen.
Filing System – (10/10)
No complicated filling systems or multiple parts to disassemble for cleaning, etc. The Mikado uses a very large capacity eye-dropper mechanism.
With the capacity of three full eyedroppers of ink, this writing instrument, coupled with a fine nib has the endurance to last an easy month for my writing.
Cost and Value – (10/10)
There are several key factors that make this pen unique across my collection. First is the size. It’s incredible to see, even better to hold as it forms in your hand. Second is the feel of the pen. This pen lives for the times you pick it up and ink it. Urushi as I’ve said before provides a profound experience. It warms to your hand and feels like the pen is a natural extension of your body.
Conclusion – (40/40) ← Yes… PERFECT
A gentle giant? A playful giant? What I’ve come to expect from Danitrio is that they push your envelope while allowing you to find your “way” with their products. The Mikado Flattop will do anything you ask of it and more. A trusted writer (and weapon if you so desire!), impressive is just the beginning of this owner’s experience.
The Mikado Flattop doesn’t make apologies for its look. It rewards for its ownership.
Edited by mava, 22 February 2009 - 01:05.