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  1. Hi everyone, I have recently decided to purchase my first Nakaya pen, settled for a Neostandard, Kuro-Tamenuri, with clip, Zogan and chinese characters. Since I practice Chinese calligraphy, the characters are a part of the pen I really pay attention to. In this particular, I hope you will forgive my honesty, I have found most of the writing done in Nakaya pens to be very ugly. Now, I don't know if this is because of the level of difficulty that is certainly involved in writing characters on a pen, but on the other hand, I look at some of the intricate designs that other Nakaya pens have and I just don't think they don't have an artist capable of writing better characters. It might be that this is why Nakayas are cheaper compared to, say, Danitrio pens? Don't get me wrong,I'm have seen some characters written beautifully on some Nakaya pens, but most of what I've seen isn't very good in my opinion. I mean, look at the great design, great urushi finishing...the characters are just not as good as some other aspects of the pen. When I asked Nakaya about changing the caligraphy style to cursive (行书,行草), they told me they could not do it, but could copy any script I provided them for two hundred dollars. Of course, I might be completely wrong, for taste is very subjective and personal, yet, after appreciating Chinese caligraphy for many years, I still think they could do a much better job. I would appreciate if anyone has any input on this.
  2. Looking for any information on the sign maker of 2 Chinese characters on all Dupont lacquer items and when this was discontinued. Thank you!
  3. Hi all, I have had this blue lacquer S.T. Dupont fountain pen for many years - more than 30! - it has two Chinese characters that I understand are the phonetic equivalent of "Du Pont". I understand that there was only one Dupont artisan that inscribed these characters by hand on each and every product, lighters as well as pens. One day he died and the tradition ended. Has anyone ever heard of this story. Can details or parts thereof be verified? Would love to know that I'm not completely off my rocker... Thanks!





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