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Danitrio Mikado (Flat Top) Shu-Tamenuri Broad Nib



jandrese

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There are times when pens surprise you and you just have to purchase. This was one of those times for me. I have three or four other Mikado size pens from Danitrio but when I saw this flat top Mikado I had to have it. The flat top shape is new to my collection but that's not what sold me. The tamenuri finish is neigh on perfect. It's radiant and luxurious. The pen feels like a precision instrument, yet, looks like fine art. Something for the left and right sides of the brain.

 

48696582747_bc42ccabb8_z.jpgIMG_2760 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

48696413361_6d7de565b7_k.jpgIMG_2765 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

48696582477_63ade7912f_k.jpgIMG_2763 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

 

Like all Mikdo pens there is a #8 Bock nib and an ebonite feed. Filling by eyedropper it holds a massive bunch of ink. The blind cap screws down and is almost seamless such is the perfection of the urushi finish. Marked "B" for broad the nib looks and writes like a stub perhaps a bit less wide than a frank Danitrio #8 stub. The confident signature is by Kogaku (Koichiro Okazaki) who also lacquered my freaking perfect shu roiro-migaki Densho.

 

48696582402_fce6d0966e_k.jpgIMG_2764 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

48696413586_e5c8226403_b.jpgIMG_2762 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

48696582597_0f3c19d52f_b.jpgIMG_2761 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

 

I really considered the recently release Sailor KOP with tamenuri finish. The photos made it look beautiful but this Danitrio makes me happier. I don't know why but Danitrio pens have that effect on me. For extra enjoyment the last photo shows on of my Grand Seiko watches next the pen. The Japanese really know how to treat the senses.

 

48696413881_418da36219_k.jpgIMG_2766 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

48696582877_f90b8fecaf_k.jpgIMG_2769 by Ja Ja, on Flickr

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That looks stunning, and yet I have a feeling that it's even better in person. Congrats on the pen!

 

What do Danitrio nibs feel like? I get that it's a Bock #8, but do they do their own final touches on the tip to give them a Danitrio feel?

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Beautiful. Where did you get it from?

"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination."

Oscar Wilde

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That looks stunning, and yet I have a feeling that it's even better in person. Congrats on the pen!

 

What do Danitrio nibs feel like? I get that it's a Bock #8, but do they do their own final touches on the tip to give them a Danitrio feel?

Their nibs have a house feel for sure. There have been at least four different nib styles by appearance but the most common are the #6 "flame" nib and the one you see here. The nibs come in soft and regular variants although it seems to me soft variants are more likely to be seen on #6 nibs. The soft are almost semi flex and lay down a lot of ink. Even the regular nibs have a softness to them, that is they are not hard as nails. Line variation by pressing a bit is always possible. The smaller #4 nibs are the most rigid but are smooth writers. The #8 use ebonite feeds whereas the others have plastic feeds. Ink flow is on the generous side regardless and line widths perhaps wider than one might expect.

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