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  1. I blame Jon Szanto (in a good way). At the 2015 San Francisco Pen Show, he pulled out this gnarly gray pen with an integral clip that looked like one of the Easter Island Stone figures. He said a fellow in New York, Yoshi Nakama, made these with a 3-D printer. It was pretty nice work, but not tempting enough to go after. However, a year later when I was trying to figure out how to get some one to make a pen with a custom roll-stopper, I remembered Yoshi's work and found his Etsy store. Long story short, he could do what I wanted, and I ordered a pen. It arrived last week, and I am going to show it to you. A few advance explanations: First, the roll stopper is in the form of the griffin that is on the seal of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. That is my alma mater and was where Lloyd Reynolds, arguably the most influential teacher of calligraphy on the West Coast in the 20th Century, taught. Second, I asked Yoshi to make the pen to fit a JoWo nib, but I would supply the nib. The nib I have fitted to the pen is an 18 Caret M nib ground to cursive italic by fpnibs dot com in Spain. So, here are some photos and comments: Yoshi spent over 27 years working with an important New York City artist named Sol LeWitt. Yoshi calls this pen "Constructivism," after an early 20th Century Russian art movement. The body is black acrylic resin. The colored elements are made individually and placed in cutouts. The workmanship is impeccable. The surface is perfectly smooth and all the parts fit perfectly. The size and shape of the pen are very ergonomic for me. It is a fairly light weight pen. It is almost precisely the size and shape of a Nakaya Portable and a bit larger than a MB 146. Here are comparison photos capped and uncapped pens. Top to bottom: MB146, Nakaya Naka-ai, Nakaya Portable, Yoshi's "Constructivism." Top to bottom: Yoshi's "Constructivism," MB 146, Nakaya Portable, Nakaya Naka-ai. The pen itself is pretty special, but, of course, the most special part for me is the roll-stopper. The planning for its printing was educational for me, and the process of negotiating the details with Yoshi was entirely enjoyable. Here is the Reed College Griffin roll-stopper: I have reviewed the nib elsewhere (See the "Nib of the Day" topic), but, for the sake of completeness, here is a photo of it: I am so happy with this pen and with the 3-D printed griffin I expect to order more pens with this roll-stopper. It is soooooo cool! Thanks for reading, and Happy Writing! David





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