My Personal Pens: Namiki Emperor Vermillion

The Namiki Emperor is a great pen, in every sense of the word.  It’s a giant ebonite pen, which is then lacquered with urushi.  The nib is Namiki’s #50 – and it’s enormous and a little springy (contrary to the modern Emperor nibs, which are stiffer, as I understand).  A behemoth, this eyedropper-filled pen with a one-way shutoff valve holds about 6 ml of ink – so I can use this for weeks without having to re-ink it.  If you are interested, I have also recorded a full review of this pen.  This beautiful pen was a gift from Azizah, which makes it all the more special.

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  • Uniotter

    That’s a gorgeous pen, and unusually “unadorned” compared to much of your collection. This is not to say it’s simple (because I know how much work actually goes into urushi pens), but it’s interesting considered your love of Visconti type designs. Thanks for sharing that!

    • sbrebrown

      Yes, this one is an exercise in simple and restrained beauty 😀