My Big Adventure with a
Nakaya Fountain Pen
One of the main reasons Nakaya Pen company was formed was to allow the technical expertise of these retired craftsmen continue to be used and not be lost. And now I hear that these Nakaya craftsmen are training younger people to take over their trade someday.
Nakaya is the original name of the Platinum Pen Company, and Nakaya president Toshiya Nakata is son of Toshihiro Nakata the current president of Platinum, and grandson of Platinum founder Shunichi Nakata. The Nakata family name, incidentally, is on the globe logo that is engraved on each gold nib. This logo resembles the original globe logo that was inprinted on those first Platinum pens.
Yesterday when my friend Ron Kimble pulled out his Nakaya original lacquered ebonite pen to show me at the Mitsukoshi Pen Fair, in no time someone came running over and exclaimed, "Ah, you have a Nakaya pen!"
I also received a certificate indicating which craftsman worked on which part of the pen, along with their official name seals.
I wrote with that pen all day, today, thinking to myself, "Yes, this is definitely one of the benefits of living in Tokyo!" Nakaya Fountain Pens does have a Web site in English, however, and it is possible to order their pens online by supplying them with information on your particular writing style and pen holding habits.
Well, now I can say with a smug grin, "I got mine!"
My new treasure
Photo taken from the Nakaya Web site
Colorful rods of celluloid