A pen with a twist.

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.


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?


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.)



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


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.




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. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • leighpod

    ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ <— 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! :)

  • http://be.net/georgianul Georgian Constantin

    Hello Leigh, I was doing a Christmas gift wishlist the other day, and I was roaming websites like jetpens, goulet, nibs and so on, and found again the Nakaya Decapod Twist Kuro-Tamenuri on Mottishaw’s. And fell in love with it. All over again. Of course, $750 is not something I can afford, neither any of my friends, haha. So I was just drooling over pictures in google. And found your blog again. Lovely :) Hope everything’s fine with you. All the best!