Spending time with any of Nakayas pens elicits a special feeling in most fountain pen users. This particular pen, a Piccolo Writer in their ama-iro urushi finish, was my first exposure to the world of Japanese urushi. It's been with me for a little over a year and will be leaving my hands tomorrow. Choosing to let go of this beauty has arguably been one of the most difficult pen-related decisions I've ever made.
Made of urushi coated ebonite, these pens take three to six months to create. Hand-crafted and painted in coat after coat of urushi lacquer, it leaves a unique warm feeling in the hand. Lifting it feels bizarrely lightweight given how solid the pen appears; I always expect Nakayas to be weighty. I'm always wrong.
In spite of its solid built, something about the pen makes you want to baby it and treat it with an obscene amount of care. Why? I'm not sure, but I think it's something about the craftsmanship combined with the tactile sensation the lacquer elicits. The pen almost feels alive in the hand and makes you want to treat it like a child. Or a piece of meat (although hopefully not a side of beef).
Unfortunately for me, the Nakaya's Piccolo size is just a little too small for my hand. I fundamentally believe that these pens are meant to be used and I felt guilty every time I walked to my pen chest, stared at it, and chose not to ink it again. As such, it's being rehomed and will be sent out in the mail tomorrow.
Choosing to part with this pen was weirdly anxiety-inducing. What this reminded me was that every fountain pen lover needs a Nakaya in their collection. I'll certainly be looking for one - possibly in the same finish - to replace this beauty.