Pen: Platinum Izumo Tamenuri – Akatame
Type: Cartridge converter (Proprietary)
Material: 鉄刀木 (Tagayasan – aka Bombay black wood)
Nib: Broad 18kt gold nib
Ink: Noodler’s Red-Black
Paper: Clairefontaine 90g
Gorgeous pen. The craftsmanship that went behind this pen is simply amazing.
What can I say about this pen. First of all, it’s quite a large pen, easily dwarfing most of my oversize pens it measures just over 160mm, so if you’re not a fan of oversized pens I would suggest you stay clear. For those of you who do like gargantuan pens, this one is quite the treat. Not only is it large but it’s also easy to use on extended writing sessions. The section on this pen is so wonderfully tapered and pleasant to use that you hardly notice the shear size of this writing instrument. The other great feature on this pen is the superb quality of the nib straight out of the box. This pen offers a surprisingly Broad (taking into consideration that it’s a Japanese nib), smooth and wet writing experience. The nib simply glides on the surface of the paper, offering very little feedback if any, I would say it is comparable to the Platinum Music nib (in smoothness that is), and just like the music nib it is quite stiff. If you are looking for a soft touch then unfortunately you’ll have to try something else.
As for the fit and finish on this pen, it is flawless! This is a hand turned wooden pen, made out of the very hard Bombay black wood that has been set to dry for 20 days to remove all moisture from the wood before it is worked on. The pen is then finished with urushi lacquer and mirror polished. It is very pleasant to the touch and I’m quite fond of the akatame (crimson red) finish which really comes out nicely at the seems of the pen body, cap and section.
If you’re looking for a less expensive alternative to the Nakaya pens, then this is the pen you are looking for.
I’m not sure what else to say on this pen. Great writer, huge pen, beautiful finish and compared to other flagship pens, it is very affordable.
If you’ve been on the fence about this pen, I can safely say go for it :-)