Nakaya Portable Cigar Spiketails fountain pen
The Nakaya Portable Cigar Spiketails fountain pen in Maki-e has a dragonfly on the barrel and cap, amber and gold-colored details accentuate the contours. This remarkable fountain pen has two rarely combined features, the barrel is semi-transparent and painted by hand. The gossamer wings of the gold filigree dragonfly rotate diagonally around the transparent amber cap in a stunning composition.
This model is finished by coating the transparent acrylic body with Shu (red) urushi lacquer. The pen is most transparent at the ends of the cap and barrel and turns completely dark in the center. This shift from transparent to opaque is gradual and most visible when the pen is held up to light.
The barrel depicts marsh grasses, the natural habitat of the Spiketails (dragonfly). The surfaces are raised to give texture to the design. The gold dust is collected under layers of semi-clear urushi lacquer.
Each pen is packed in a Paulownia wooden gift box, the pen itself comes in a small "kimono fabric" case. The fountain pen comes with a box of (Platinum) ink cartridges and a converter.