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Family extension!

 

I saw an opportunity on FP day in November that I could not resist - added top of the list and left in the picture is the pen-perfection in black:

 

Urushi Lacquer Black #20 with F nib

Urushi Lacquer Vermillion #20 with M nib

Yukari Grapevine with (#10) F nib

Chinkin Pine Tree with (#10) M nib

 

 

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2 hours ago, Linger said:

Family extension!

 

I saw an opportunity on FP day in November that I could not resist - added top of the list and left in the picture is the pen-perfection in black:

 

Urushi Lacquer Black #20 with F nib

Urushi Lacquer Vermillion #20 with M nib

Yukari Grapevine with (#10) F nib

Chinkin Pine Tree with (#10) M nib


Hahaha. I must admit I was also looking seriously at a vermillion Yukari Royale “pen perfection” for Black Friday to go with my black. I held back in the end - too many pens and couldn’t justify doubling-up on a pen I tend to save for special occasions. It’s so beautiful, though and I know I will cave some day.

 

Your Namiki pen display looks stunning. I envy it very much.

 

 

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Thanks MoriaryR - but I don't see it as doubling up...(justifying the investment here)...besides the different color, I deliberately chose a different nib size, which means I can decide on the pen depending on the paper I intend to use, within the given setting during the day (frantic note-taking during a meeting versus calmly writing in my journal).

 

But it might be me...I also own the same model/size shoes in different colors to match the occasion...

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2 hours ago, Linger said:

Thanks MoriaryR - but I don't see it as doubling up...(justifying the investment here)...besides the different color, I deliberately chose a different nib size, which means I can decide on the pen depending on the paper I intend to use, within the given setting during the day (frantic note-taking during a meeting versus calmly writing in my journal).

 

But it might be me...I also own the same model/size shoes in different colors to match the occasion...

That makes perfect sense to me -- even the shoes (I have two more or less identical pairs of sneakers so I'm not wearing the same pair day-in, day-out -- they last longer and even supposedly the same model/size will have slight variations which gives my feet a bit of a break as well).

As for the maki-e designs on the pens, they are drop-dead gorgeous.  But for me they are both completely unaffordable, and -- because I am SOOO allergic to poison ivy (aka urushiol oil) -- I don't dare even pick one up.  So I admire them from afar.  

When I was first getting started on here, I found a website that was FULL of amazing looking maki-e pens; and I drooled, and sighed, and said to my husband, "Look dear!  I've just saved you twenty THOUSAND dollars!" (which was roughly the going price per pen).  Sadly, he did not sufficiently contemplate my extreme level of self-sacrifice.... :rolleyes:

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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Oh, I have many variants of the same pen models - Aurora Internazionales, 88s and Optimas in different colours; the same with Caran d’Ache Lémans, Pelikan M101Ns and M800s, Sailor 1911 Realos, Montblanc Rouge et Noirs, and even two identical black Montblanc Heritage 1912s with the same nib size because I used it so much and “needed” another just in case. I figure if you really like something then having only one is too risky.

 

I am not so foolish as to imagine I can live my life without the vermillion one. I just held back this time.

 

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Your golden fish also my favorite one, but I haven't enough money to buy it right now. Ha ha 

 

I really love my namiki chinkin owl, for me it is one of the beautiful fountain pen in the world. 

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17 minutes ago, Namiki50 said:

Your golden fish also my favorite one, but I haven't enough money to buy it right now. Ha ha 

 

I really love my namiki chinkin owl, for me it is one of the beautiful fountain pen in the world. 

I love Chinkin too, when I bought the Goldfish I was able to hold and look at the Maki-e Emperor Dragon, the Dragon 50 size Chinkin and the Goldfish.. and it was a tough choice. The Goldfish won out - just, but I love Chinkin as well so that's my target for 2021.

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Well, I do notice that my monetary threshold for a single pen is moving. First it was surpassing the magic 1k mark, I now have a Nakaya bamboo woods on order, and I have a Hakase buffalo horn securely on the wishlist. My grail pen, however, is of a different magnitude. The Namiki Emperor Owl - I am not even speaking of the Goldfish. That would necessitate surpassing many (many) thresholds in one go....

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1 hour ago, Linger said:

Well, I do notice that my monetary threshold for a single pen is moving. First it was surpassing the magic 1k mark, I now have a Nakaya bamboo woods on order, and I have a Hakase buffalo horn securely on the wishlist. My grail pen, however, is of a different magnitude. The Namiki Emperor Owl - I am not even speaking of the Goldfish. That would necessitate surpassing many (many) thresholds in one go....

 

The Owl is another masterful pen, the store near me has one and I've looked at it many times. As expected, it's astonishingly good. Certainly where I live in Asia there isn't much of a price difference between different versions of the Emperors, they are kicking around at a similar rate. I also had the experience of going from a Waterman Expert to the way more expensive Platinum Izumo, then suddenly there is a Namiki Chinkin Matsu, then a Namiki 50 Urushi and now a Goldfish. At least I know it can't reasonably escalate too far from there as a Dunhill-Namiki is not in my forseeable future short of a lottery win.

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Here are my two Namikis. The Nippon Art I picked up in Tokyo about 6 years ago and the VP off of r/pen_swap. 
 

Love writing with the Maki-e. Nib is flawless. 
 

The Rock Garden in on my grail list. 

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Family extension! (the last one for some time I hope...)

 

We all have something with rabbit holes...

 

And I have thing with white rabbits...Alice and Neo (and Trinity, but that's for another reason)...so the idea of a fountain pen with a (white) rabbit always resonated with me, until the point of pulling the trigger:

 

the Namiki Nippon Art Origami-Rabbit with a nice clean and precise #5 nib in F. 

 

It is a small(er) pen and a light(er) pen in my rotation. Meant for making quick notes on sub-ideal office paper. Paired with a fresh green ink, Iroshizuku Shin-Ryoku, to illustrate the animal's habitat.

 

 

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