Extraordinary Namiki Pen – Namiki Gold Fish Pen (Kingyo)
Appreciating a Gold Fish pen by Namiki is not complete without knowing a bit of history of what Gold Fish meant to the Japanese.
The Japanese enjoy looking at these fishes and usually keep them in a large glass gold fish bowl. The first pure breed of Gold Fish was imported from China at the beginning of the 16th century, different species were imported during the Edo Period(1603-1867), and keeping kingyo for enjoyment became widespread. Until the 1960s, Gold Fish sellers flourished in Tokyo, carrying around kingyo-filled buckets suspended from a shoulder carrying pole.
There are already many historical description of Namiki Pen Manufacturing Company available in maki-e reference books. Here, let me provide a different angle of how Namiki Pen had evolved since the last few decades since the late 1980s till now. It provides an important reference for Namiki Pen collectors in their research and gathering of information. Continue reading About Namiki Pen
Namiki pen nibs are well known to many pen users for delivering the best writing experience. It comes in various nib sizes from EF (extra fine), SMF (soft medium fine), MS (Music Soft) etc. You can see the range of nib sizes available on this chart:
Namiki pen nib chart:
For a very long time, whenever there is a Namiki pen for sale , it is fitted with only F, M and B nibs. But, over the years as calls for Namiki to increase the range of nibs available for users, they have finally take heed.
In fact, most of the Namiki pen nibs are actually available long ago; except that it was available only in the domestic market for PILOT pens.
The experience of using a Namiki pen nib is enhanced if you can start to use the bigger or perhaps, the biggest pen nib; The Jumbo 50 Namiki pen nib. It is usually fitted only in the Emperor size pens which measures 15.5 cm in length.
It’s like sitting behind a Rolls Royce where you can feel the steadiness of how the nib glides on the paper as if you can actually feel the grains on the paper!
When it comes to negotiating the corners, it never skips and continue to deliver the unmatched writing experience of the grip on the paper surface.
The most beautiful part is about to come……the scratching of the sound on the paper. It is like music to the ears of a true writer because it delivers an almost subliminal instinct to produce creative juices in the writer that it prompts the user to chase after the creative idea one after another and another… That’s the experience of using the Jumbo 50 Namiki pen nib.
Of course, you will find differing experience using the Yukari Royale, Yukari and the Nippon Art collection. All will give you differing experiences because the size of the pen differs with the nib that was fitted to it.
Namiki Pen nib clinic was the first of a series of activity Pilot Japan interacts with its customers to understand their special requirement on the pen nib.