Nakaya Heki Tamenuri Writer Portable Fountain Pen Review

This Nakaya Portable Writer in Heki Tamenuri that was kindly lent to me by Sakura Fountain Pen Gallery. If you’re interested in one, you can check it out here!

Measurements
Length (capped): 148.7 mm/5.85″
Length (uncapped nib-end): 129.3 mm/5.09″
Length (posted): 171.7 mm/6.76″
Barrel Diameter: 15.2 mm/0.59″
Section Diameter: 10.8 – 11.6 mm/0.42″- 0.45″
Weight (all): 26 G
Weight (cap): 10 G
Weight (body): 16 G
Nakaya Heki Tamenuri Writer Portable Fountain Pen Review Nakaya Heki Tamenuri Writer Portable Fountain Pen Review Nakaya Heki Tamenuri Writer Portable Fountain Pen Review Nakaya Heki Tamenuri Writer Portable Fountain Pen Review Nakaya Heki Tamenuri Writer Portable Fountain Pen Review Nakaya Heki Tamenuri Writer Portable Fountain Pen ReviewAlthough this pen was lent to me, I was not compensated for reviewing it.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Waski the Squirrel

    I wanted a Nakaya a few years ago, saved for it successfully…and then I got to that point and couldn’t buy the pen. Same feeling as you: I just couldn’t convince myself to spend that much money on that Nakaya. On a happy note, that savings continued to grow, and this year funded an Omas Ogiva and a used Visconti Homo Sapiens. Some day I would like a Nakaya, but I just can’t talk myself into any urgency at that price.

  • Ruud

    I agree with you. Many fountain pen makers ask very high prices for their high end pens which can not be justified. And often the problem is that their pens just won’t write well, and that is a shame because that is the first requirement to a (expensive) fountain pen.

  • Miss Fountain Pen

    200EUR for a pen like this would be very, very low (especially if you expect to buy it in Europe, with customs fees and taxes taken into account). I am not aware of any handmade pens with a gold nib that go for around 200EUR. (Are you?) The closest approximation that I can think of are the Edison production line pens that go for about 240EUR (assuming you choose an 18K nib), and those pens don’t involve anywhere near the amount of work that Nakaya urushi pens do. (I don’t mean to bash Edison in any way: I love my Herald.) Of course, if a pen doesn’t float your boat, then it doesn’t float your boat, and in that case, there’s no reason to buy it. Cheers! 🙂

  • Uniotter

    I agree with Miss Fountain Pen — the price reflects the amount of personalized hand work that goes into it, but if it doesn’t appeal to you, then it’s certainly not worth it for you. You seem to have more of an affinity to European pens, some of which are considerably more expensive than this one, which have less personalized labor but which are not so “simple” looking. Which is fair enough….we all have our preferences, and I do love Visconti myself.

    • Kevin Guo

      Personally, I feel like if one doesn’t have specific customizations in mind and just want the gorgeous Urushi, the Platinum Izumo is a better value. Even though some US sites list the Izumo for higher than the Nakaya base model

  • DKC

    As with the others, I was on the fence on whether I would go down the path of Nakaya, but after watching this video on how their made, i’ve started saving up.

    https://youtu.be/j9QbIJZczFI