Custom Clipless Nanga MAGNUM Roller-ball Pen
in Abalone Lava Explosion Alumilite Acrylic.
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About the Nanga:
If you are familiar with my pens, then you probably know I derive the names I use from Wikipedia's "list of the worlds tallest mountain peaks". This pen follows in that same tradition by being named after the Nanga Parbat mountain peak. The name "Nanga Parbat" means "Naked Mountain" with Nanga specifically meaning "naked". Since this pen appears to be absent or "naked" of any barrel threads, I thought Nanga would be a very appropriate name for the style. If you wish to read more about the Nanga Parbat mountain peak or about any of the other pen names, you can read them on my Pen Names Page.
The Nanga is now available is several size versions: Standard, MAGNUM, and Midi. The Standard size Nanga has a capped length of about 6" (152.5mm) and uncapped length of about 5 1/4" (133.5mm). The max diameters are barrel .61" (15.5mm) and cap .64" (16.25mm). The MAGNUM size Nanga has a capped length of about 6 1/2" (165mm) and uncapped length of about 5 1/4" (146mm). The max diameters are barrel .69" (17.5mm) and cap .73" (19mm)*. The Midi size Nanga has a capped length of about 5" (127mm) and uncapped length of about 3 11/16" (94mm). The max diameters are barrel .535" (13.5mm) and cap .55" (14mm).
*MAGNUM Cap diameter... The standard size for US made pen blanks is .75". But some European blanks are sized smaller at only 18mm (.71"), so the cap may have to be thinner based on the diameter of the material you choose. The .73" target diameter is based off the enlargement percentage of the standard size Nanga, but the difference is minimal and would not affect the overall look of the pen (some of the pens shown are under .73").
The unique forward mounted threads on the Nanga allow it to have a nice free flowing style. The smooth transition across the front-section and barrel allows it to have a smooth and graceful flow along the entire length of the barrel. As the different size versions show, the design also allows some flexibility in the diameters so it could be adjusted to fit small or large hands. As with most other JEB's PENs, the Nanga can be ordered in any of the materials shown or your material of choice. The pen includes a steel Meister nib in your choice of finish and tip size. The standard inking system is Cartridge/Converter, but if you like to use your pens as eyedroppers, you can order the Nanga with a special rubber o-ring that seals the section to the barrel so it can be filled directly with ink (not available for the Midi). The larger #6 nib is the best size for the Standard and MAGNUM, while the smaller #5 is required for the Midi. Nib finishes available for STEEL nibs are: 2-tone, polished steel, Black Oxide (#6 only), or Ruthenium (#5 only). Current tip sizes are x-fine, fine, medium, broad, and two italics (1.1 both; 1.4 for #5 only, and 1.5 for #6 only). 14 & 18K Gold nibs are also available as a special order.
Nanga Options and Upgrades:
The Nanga is another pen style that allows for a few upgrades and options. You could add metal accent bands to the base of the cap, or add a HIDDEN RING clip (see the Tortoise Shell). The accent bands are available in several finishes (24k gold, nickel or Rhodium, and come in a variety of diameters with widths from 1 to 4mm (n 1mm increments). As stated above, you can also upgrade your pen with a 14k or 18k gold nib.
Inking system upgrades... Because of the barrel style, the Nanga is not very conducive to adding a blind-cap for a piston or button filler. So the only upgrade option available is the for mentioned eyedropper by adding the custom o-ring.
I also offer a variety of hand-made Pen Props and Pen Buttons. You can order a Pen Prop in a material to match your pen, or any one of the wooden styles made in a variety of stained or dyed colors. The Pen Buttons are available for any of the clipless pens.
About this Pen:
This pen is made as a ROLLER-BALL pen instead of a Fountain Pen. Instead of the usual fountain nib, the front of the section is fitted with an acrylic tapered NOSE-CONE with a nickel plated metal tip. THIS pen was made to accept a PILOT G2 GEL Roller-ball refill, but it could be made to accept other brands of Roller-ball or Ball-point refills (see the Tortoise Shell Nanga made for a PARKER refill). The Cap of this pen is also fitted with one of my fancy PEN BUTTONS. The Pen Buttons are added to the cap of a clipless pen to keep it from ROLLING AWAY when placed on a flat surface (the buttons can be added to ANY clipless pen).
About the MAGNUM:
This pen is called the MAGNUM because it's a LARGER VERSION of the Nanga. It was a special order and the client gave me the LENGTH he wanted of 6 1/2", then requested that the rest of the pen be proportionally larger. So EVERYTHING but the nib is larger (including the capping threads). The pen includes the same unique forward mounted threads as the original, but in a slightly larger size. It also includes another feature not found on the standard Nanga-- The client wanted to use it as an eyedropper, so I added an o-ring to seal in the ink.
About this Material:
The material used on this pen is an Alumilite acrylic called LAVA EXPLOSION. The series is known for it's depth of color.
This color is called ABALONE, and it has a mix of blues and purples that creates a very similar look to abalone.
This Pens Specifications:
Color / Material: Abalone Lava Explosion Alumilite Acrylic.
Length: Capped 6.50" / Uncapped 5.613" / Cap: 3.0".
Diameter: Barrel max .69" / Cap max .73".
Metal Nose-cone: Nickel plated.
Pen Button: Silver Heart.
Refill Style: Pilot G2.