Writing Instruments

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Miguel Antonio, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. Willsw

    Willsw Senior member

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    I use either a Nakaya, reclaimed wood pencils, or a Smythson pencil.

    I think, eventually, an urushi Nakaya will be my perfect pen. A big orange cigar. Or black, or red, or who knows.
     
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    The urushi Nakayas are nice but I'm not swayed by the cartridge/converter and its inconvenient carrying method. If you add that clip, it ruins the lines; but then how will you use it on a daily basis?
     
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    I think the clip works better with the Piccolo model, which I have, than the Cigar. What I love most about the Nakaya is its understatement, and to me the clip doesn't detract much from that.

    The cartridge/converter is a drag, and the custom fitting over the internet hasn't yielded much tangible benefit. But it functions well and the lacquer is very nice.
     
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    nakayas are bespoke pens or only the urushi models? i write with an old french fountain pen i could not make out the name.
    i don't write as well with modern mont blancs though so perhaps i should go somewhere and have the french pen looked at so they can tell me what to get.

    also which brand makes a really beautiful maki-e? i've seen some sailor, nakaya, and namikis. any others brands i should be looking at?
     
  5. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    After years of having a nice gold pen that was a gift from my dad, I now enjoy the simple utility of Uniball or Gel pens. The ink flow is terrific. To me, they are to pens what Levis are to pants. A great performing, inexpensive, all around classic.
     
  6. LabelKing

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    nakayas are bespoke pens or only the urushi models? i write with an old french fountain pen i could not make out the name.
    i don't write as well with modern mont blancs though so perhaps i should go somewhere and have the french pen looked at so they can tell me what to get.

    also which brand makes a really beautiful maki-e? i've seen some sailor, nakaya, and namikis. any others brands i should be looking at?


    I've also seen nice maki-e pens from Dani-Trio.

    Nakaya is more like a MTM program, I think.
     
  7. RyJ Maduro

    RyJ Maduro Senior member

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    I'm partial to Parker pens.

    If I were to bother with a "luxe" pen, it would probobly be S.T. Dupont, mainly due to my affinity for their lighters.
     
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    Just bought a Mazzuoli pen on ebay, let's see how it turns out.
     
  9. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    The urushi Nakayas are nice but I'm not swayed by the cartridge/converter and its inconvenient carrying method. If you add that clip, it ruins the lines; but then how will you use it on a daily basis?

    The cartridge/convertor filler is a big turn-off for me too. I would want them to make me an eyedropper filler.
     
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    I use the Pilot G-2 pen with the Extra Fine Ink Gel and the Pilot G-2 mechanical pencil with the .05 graphite. And when the ink and graphite run out, I buy refills. My pens last forever or until I chew the end enough it won't eject the pen anymore...

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    I'm currently using a Nakimi/Pilot pen that was really cheap. I'd like to upgrade to something else in the future though.

    Try the new retractable ones.[​IMG]
     
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    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    Try the new retractable ones.[​IMG]

    You mean the Vanishing Point retractable fountain pen? That's not a new design; it's been around since the '60s. They really are brilliant pens. I have a Vanishing Point and an Emperor -- the bottom and top of Namiki's fountain pen line -- and the Vanishing Point's nib writes every bit as well.
     
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    My nice pen is a Waterman - it's the one that I put in my pocket and use when I want to impress people. It's black and gold and most people assume it's really expensive.

    Otherwise, I just use whatever comes to hand - mostly disposable ballpoints or freebies I've received.

    Also - being left handed and writing upside down, I can't use any fountain pens or anything with a nib.
     
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    You mean the Vanishing Point retractable fountain pen? That's not a new design; it's been around since the '60s. They really are brilliant pens. I have a Vanishing Point and an Emperor -- the bottom and top of Namiki's fountain pen line -- and the Vanishing Point's nib writes every bit as well.

    I was referring to the 10th anniversary design (Decimo) that just came out, sorry.
     
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    My nice pen is a Waterman - it's the one that I put in my pocket and use when I want to impress people. It's black and gold and most people assume it's really expensive.

    Otherwise, I just use whatever comes to hand - mostly disposable ballpoints or freebies I've received.

    Also - being left handed and writing upside down, I can't use any fountain pens or anything with a nib.


    You can have a nib custom ground for a left-hand.
     

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