It is almost impossible to go down the rabbit hole of FPs without hearing about Nakaya. When I first heard about it, it just seemed like something out of legend that I probably wouldn’t own. However, as I started getting deeper into the passion I realized that I needed one. Initially I was going to buy it through LCDC, but I was referred to Nibs.com by more than a few people who swear by John Mottishaw’s nib work.
Choosing a model took me a while but I ended up choosing the Naka-Ai in the color Awai-Murasaki which is a purple with lots of pink tones or the other way around. I knew I wanted one without a clip to begin with, and the Dorsal Fin model seemed like it would be a bit overpowering for a first one. My instincts were right and the Naka-Ai turned out to be perfect.
As you would expect from an $700+ pen, the packaging is pretty great! Even the outer box that it comes in has a nice texture.
The pen came with a regular converter, but of course I wanted the Maki-e one! They were out of goldfish so I got tadpoles, still super cute and beautifully done. When inked it looks like the tadpoles are swimming.
There is not as much contrast in this color as others, but its definitely there.
But how does it write? Well, I have discovered that I have an odd grip. Of course it feels normal to me since I use it all the time, but with this pen and my F-C, it became apparent that the way I hold my pen is not standard. But like the F-C, I found that if I rotate the pen to the left, it writes like a dream!
The scratchy way I was holding it:
Adjusted smooth performing grip:
I’ve written to Nibs.com and asked about if this is how it should be, or if the nib could be ground to accommodate how I hold the pen normally, but even if not, its still a great pen and the adjustment isn’t a strain.
I asked for the nib to be extra juicy and that is exactly what I got. So let the sheen out! ^_^
What is your grail pen? I think this pen has started a love affair with Nakaya.