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  1. Hello all! I've been reading FPN off and on for a few years now, but I didn't get an account until recently. Some photos of my Nakaya Dorsal Fin Model #1 in Ao-Tamenuri were requested, so here is my first post! A brief history of my life: I've always been into pens. I saved up to purchased a two-tone Cross balllpoint pen when I was 12, which I still have. I initially got into fountain pens because of the huge variety of inks. I had been using gel pens for their colors, but typically the crazy gel colors aren't available as refills for good pens. I found out about Noodler's Ahab and then about the variety of inks available. I purchased a Noodler's Ahab in Arizona in order to find out about flex and try out some ink. I really loved the Ahab and then I found Goulet Pens and my addiction kicked in. I bought a ton of ink samples and more Noodler's Pens. That didn't sate me for long, and about two months after the first Ahab, I bought a Lamy 2000. That was about 2.5 years ago. I now have at least 50 pens including a number of vintage pens (Waterman, Conklin, Eversharp, Esterbrook, Parker, Sheaffer, etc...) and new pens (Noodler's, Pilot, Platinum, TWSBI, Edison, Lamy, Kaweco, and Nakaya). I am super into flex, italics, and obliques. Last fall I got into urushi pens, and those are what I have attached photos of below! First, my Nakaya Dorsal Fin Model #1 in Ao-Tamenuri with a Cursive Italic customization by John Mottishaw. This pen has held the record for longest in rotation. I've been using it daily since it arrived in the mail over six months ago. I really love the girth and the cursive italic nib. Just last week I found a Nakaya Neo Standard in Matte Black Hairline with a Left Oblique customization by John Mottishaw right here on the classifieds. I have photoed it with my Lamy 2000 since the finishes are similar in appearance. I can say, even though they look the same, the hairline urushi feels slicker than the Makrolon. Finally, below are photos of my Platinum Izumo Yagumonuri. This is my only maki-e pen. I have photoed it with my Platinum Century #3776 in Bourgogne for size and color comparison. I don't use the Yagumonuri often because I like the writing effect from the cursive italic nib on the Nakaya better than the fine point on the Yagumonuri. I have found photos of pens on FPN very helpful in making purchasing decisions over the years. I hope these will be helpful to others!

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