They say a twist keeps things interesting. “They crash landed on…Earth.” “He was dead all along.” “The dolphins did it.”

If it works for stories, it works for pens.

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Nakaya’s Decapod Twist displays the kind of craftsmanship that makes eyes widen in wonder. How did they do that? Does it hurt? Can you eat it?

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The heki-tamenuri finish, with the spring green bright and fresh against reddish brown, emphasizes each line and thread, making the twist stand out even more. (Heki-tamenuri has natural variations. See Karlo’s Naka-ai beside this one.)

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The pen has a “broad stub” or, more accurately, a broad nib ground into a medium-width stub.

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This width means the pen can be a daily note-taker. And why shouldn’t it come out to play everyday? Urushi was meant to protect, not just decorate. For all its aesthetic appeal, this pen is built to be used.

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My regular guests will notice that even the pictures have been given a twist, in honor of the subject matter. :) Pictures edited with Repix, one of my new favorite iOS apps.

 

  • Matt

    Leigh, that is just lovely. Did Nakaya do the grind? Oh, and you can have urushi mended . . . well, depending on the damage I suppose. My heki cigar model went to hospital in Wajima and, apparently, is none the worse for wear or pavement — though her rehab in California is a little longer than expected. I suspect frivolity has been ensuing.

  • http://twitter.com/_wonderpens Wonder Pens

    Beautiful! The pictures and the pen.

  • http://twitter.com/JustDaveyB David Brennan

    Oh you are so killing me with these images!! I really want a Decapod Twist but I can’t decide between Kuro-tamenuri (Black/Dark Red) and Aka-tamenuri, (reddish red dark) and have toyed with getting a Cigar rather than a Writer… I know the nib though – Music…

  • http://www.gourmetpens.com/ Azizah Asgarali

    Oh my god…… I need this pen…. needneedneed…. This is beyond gorgeous and your pictures and just stunning, highlighting its beauty. Thank you for enabling/taunting/providing eye candy!

  • leighpod

    Nakaya has this as a standard grind. There were three at Aesthetic Bay, I picked one. I hope the heki cigar gets back to you soon!

  • leighpod

    Thank you!

  • leighpod

    Both are very pretty in person. Of course I am not helping one bit. :D

  • leighpod

    :D :D :D <— enabler smiley

  • quinden

    Fantastic! :)

    I’m still waiting on my AO-tamenuri Decapod Twist, but I discovered that the Mini Decapod (aka Piccolo Decapod) is the perfect fit for me…so now I have a heki and a kuro, with an aka-tame on the way!

  • E Chak

    This pen looks amazing, but what colour is this ink? It’s a perfect match!

  • leighpod

    The ink is Iroshizuku chiku-rin. :)

  • leighpod

    AO tamenuri Decapod Twist sounds amazing! Post a picture of the others when they arrive!

  • E Chak

    Oh…I’ve been trying to avoid getting a bottle of that expensive stuff. I know once I start, I won’t be able to stop at just one! :)