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Since a long time I have been attracted to the mystery of urushi lacquers. Urushi looks deceiving simple but in my quest I found out that nothing with urushi is easy. I would like to share a small review about the new Manu Propria pens I received last week in my Gallery : The Bô Negoro Nuri pen.


Bô means “stick” and that is what this pen looks like. A long and sturdy shape with a flattened top and bottom. Compared to my Delta Massaai they are big. But the balance is very nice and so is the weight. Even the medium one.




Body : handturned ebonite

Nib : 18kt goldtone JoWo nib in EF/F/M/B/BB

Filling: cartridge, convertor, eyedropper (if you add silicon grease)

Feed : resin for standard and medium version, ebonite for long version

Sizes capped/uncapped : standard 150/135mm, medium 180/155mm, long 200/165mm

Coating : urushi lacquered Negoro nuri style.


The nibs write within European standards but in my opinion they can be marked with + meaning they are at the larger side of the F or M. With Rohrer & Klingner Köningsblau the F and M wrote rather wet and smooth.




The red pen is lacquered in a Aka Negoro nuri, the black one in Kuro Negoro nuri. Negoro nuri is an old urushi technique that reveals its beauty over time. When the upper layer wears out it reveals partially the layer underneath. Actualy these these pens wear an interpretation of the negoro technique as the worn out spots already are shown. It takes skill to craft Negoro’s like this and Manu Propria did this in an exquisite way. If you would like to know more about the Negoro nuri technique and the making of the Manu Propria Negoro nuri pens, you can visit http://www.sakurafountainpengallery.com/en/faq/detail/the-making-of-manu-propria-negoro-pens


I do not know if you were ever overwhelmed and moved by just seeing a pen? I had that feeling when I looked at the samples in Switzerland. I had the same feeling when I unpacked the pens this week. I keep them in the dark and sometimes I take a peak.

Well …. perhaps I’m crazy … but a least in a nice way :o)


All pens are custom made … and they are worth to wait for.


Thank you for reading my first review.


Catherine Van Hove



Koning Albertstraat 72b - 3290 DIest - Belgium

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gorgeous pens! thanks for sharing:)

"Writing is 1/3 nib width & flex, 1/3 paper and 1/3 ink. In that order."Bo Bo Olson

"No one needs to rotate a pen while using an oblique, in fact, that's against the whole concept of an oblique, which is to give you shading without any special effort."Professor Propas, 24 December 2010


"IMHO, the only advantage of the 149 is increased girth if needed, increased gold if wanted and increased prestige if perceived. I have three, but hardly ever use them. After all, they hold the same amount of ink as a 146."FredRydr, 12 March 2015


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Gorgeous. May be some day. The nibs also look exceptional.

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I put my savings to test

Lamy & Pilot FPs the Best

No more I even think of the rest

(Preference Fine and Extra Fine Nibs)

Pen is meant for writing - not for looking :-)

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