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  1. NowAndZen

    Nakaya Info Kuro Tamenuri Finish

    I am right now in the market for a Nakaya pen. Specifically the portable writer and I want to get some more information about the finish of the pen before I feel comfortable buying it. The main question I have is really about how the finish looks in person compared to some photos I've seen of it. In some photos it looks really wonderful and black with bright red accents. However sometimes it looks like more of a reddish brown throughout. I was wondering what exactly everyone thought about this finish and how it looks. Pictures would really be helpful. The second thing I want to know is how exactly this ages over time. It says the Kuro Tamenuri finish changes and becomes more colorful over time where the black is worn away and the red becomes more prominent. How much does it change exactly and is it going to wear more where my hands touch? Will I get a strange finger shaped red circles on the grip where I touch it? Again thanks for any and all information!
  2. What are your favorite absolutely scratch free pen sleeeves/cases for multiple everyday carry? Ive been using synthetic suede Omas individual pen sleeves in a clam shell old style grey leatherette Montegrappa box but the spring in the Montegrappa box has broken so its loose now. I want to carry 3-4 pens without worry of scratching when removing and inserting in the pen sleeve. Ive considered the Visconti zip case but the zipper crossing across the cap has me concerned. I picked up a $40 leather 4 pen sleeve but the liner was a little abrasive so I dont use it anymore. Please let me know what all of you pen professionals are using!
  3. Nakaya. So many choices. Sizes, colors, shapes, etc... Which one to get? I've had this problem a couple of times, so I thought I would compare my two in an effort to help others... Size - At first glance, these two pens are similarly sized. http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa163/roomdog/Pens/Nakaya/Nakaya002_zpsc696f720.jpg The length of the Portable is distributed evenly between the cap and barrel, while the Neo Standard carries most of its size in the barrel. http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa163/roomdog/Pens/Nakaya/Nakaya003_zps1ff23a0e.jpg Here you can see what that means when held. Both pens are plenty long, and don't need to be posted when writing (I have average sized hands). The Portable feels more balanced to me, and the Neo Standard is a couple of grams heavier with its weight biased slightly to the rear. It's noticeable, but you adjust to it quickly. It's not as dramatic as an M800 or M1000, where the brass piston puts much of the weight to the rear. If you have any concerns, look to the Portable (or Nakai-Ai). http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa163/roomdog/Pens/Nakaya/Nakaya010_zpsb55916ed.jpg http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa163/roomdog/Pens/Nakaya/Nakaya007_zps9544054c.jpg These are not small pens. They are on par with or bigger than a Montblanc 149. The Portable is almost exactly the same size, but lighter and with a thinner section diameter. The Neo Standard is larger in every dimension (except section diameter) and .2 grams lighter. Here is a comparison with a few pens, for reference. From left to right: Kaweco Sport, Neo Standard, Portable Writer, Omas Ogiva Extra, Sailor 1911 L, MB 145, Lamy 2000, Lamy Safari. http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa163/roomdog/Pens/Nakaya/Nakaya001_zpsd2eac794.jpg And a few other pens, uncapped for comparison. From left to right: Omas Ogiva, Neo Standard, Portable, MB 145, Pelikan M400. http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa163/roomdog/Pens/Nakaya/Nakaya006_zpsb119731d.jpg Nibs - First the size. The nibs are on par with a Bock or Jowo #6. Here's a shot of a few different nibs, same order as the previous picture. http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa163/roomdog/Pens/Nakaya/Nakaya005_zpsaa55e946.jpg Both these nibs are flexible medium. They are nice and springy, but even in medium they are writing around a Western fine (or a little thinner). They deliver a perfect flow with no pressure at all, and write immediately. They are smooth, but offer quite a bit of feedback (similar to a pencil). If you want a butter-smooth nib, this probably isn't the pen for you. Writing and line variation: http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa163/roomdog/Pens/Nakaya/Nakaya009_zps991170da.jpg http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa163/roomdog/Pens/Nakaya/Nakaya008_zps925c020b.jpg If I could only have one, it would be the Portable. In fact, I won't buy another Neo Standard again and will probably stick to the Portable. My main complaints with the Neo Standard are the weight distribution and the number of turns it takes to remove the cap. The Portable comes off in 1 1/8 revolutions. The Neo Standard takes 3 full revolutions (which is as much as 6 or 7 twists...). I do prefer the look of the shape of the Neo Standard though. Hope some of that was helpful.
  4. Just looking for some info about this dip pen my grandmother gave me a while back. I was going to use it for drawing lettering for fun. I know its an Aikin and Lambert no6 Pen. The number 6 is on both the pen and the nib. Thank you for reading my post and I hope to see some informative replies. Marcus http://i.imgur.com/TQNXxQR.jpg http://i.imgur.com/igrRiKj.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/yOOYbuJ.jpg

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