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Which Hakase To Order ?


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Dear FPN friends,

Last week I received my first Hakase: NJ10B New Green Celluloid. WOW !

Having an Ohasido, two Nakaya’s, a Fred Faggionato, a Platinum Izumo and several MB’s, I thought I had some experience with good pens. Was I surprise after filling my Hakase with their dark Sepia Ink: amazing. The smoothness is beyond believe.

Needless to say that the craftsmanship of Mr. Ryo Yamamoto is impeccable. The pen is perfect from every angle, nothing and absolutely nothing I can find that might indicate even the smallest imperfection. I had the pen made 1 cm longer, for me the pen feels perfect for my hands: the balance, the weight, the smoothness when writing, well, everything actually shouts: Perfection.

I have shown it to a friend who is absolutely devoted to his Louis Cartier Fountain pen. After a minute I had to take it back when he started drooling over it.


Now I’m faced with a dilemma. I’m about to order a new Hakase and I can use some advice.

To make it clear: I’m not interested in a solid golden rings or clips. For me it is about the pen and it’s writing characteristics. The Hakase should stay simple and straight forward. That said, this Hakase should make mouths drop.


My two questions:

1) With a budget of app € 1.000,-- ( JPN 120.000,-) I am considering ordering either:

  • Black water Buffalo Horn WB 10A
  • Rose Wood Burl Urushi Coating QB10A

2) What nib should I take: NX or DX ?


What should I choose? Does anyone have one or maybe even both fountain pens ?

Your help and advice will be highly appreciated.

Thank you.


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I really like the way the buffalo horn looks personally. Mongrelnomad posted a review of his Hakase made from buffalo horn that is just stunningly beautiful.


This is a bit off-topic but what Faggionato model do you have? What do you think of it?

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I have the rosewood but not the Buffalo horn. I love the rosewood but honestly, the buffalo horn looks amazing and it'll likely be my next Hakase!

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Sorry to come late to this thread. I have a buffalo horn and a burl on the way; I will be happy to post impressions once it arrives if you have not yet made your decision.

Too many pens; too little writing.

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I'm still thinking about a Hakase. I like reading all these topics.

"One can not waste time worrying about small minds . . . If we were normal, we'd still be using free ball point pens." —Bo Bo Olson "I already own more ink than a rational person can use in a lifetime." —Waski_the_Squirrel

I'm still trying to figure out how to list all my pens down here.

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