Nanga MAGNUM Custom Clipless Fountain Pen
in Cappuccino/Chocolate NYH Ebonite.
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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 and Material:
This pen is made from a rubber based material called EBONITE, that has been used for pens for many years and is still a favorite among many collectors. This particular ebonite is manufactured in Germany by a company called New-York Hamberger-- but they are referred to by the acronym 'NYH'. Ebonite is made by several manufacturers in Germany, Japan and India. My favorite brands of ebonite I prefer to work with are from NYH and SEM, both of which are made in Germany. SEM is also an acronym, for the company named 'Schönberger Ebonite Manufaktur'.
The color used on this pen is called 'Cappuccino/Chocolate', with the base color being the lighter cappuccino tan, and the wood-grain pattern being made with the darker chocolate. Ebonite is only made in two types of patterns (not including solid colors), with the name of the patterns depending on the manufacturer. I like to use a mix of NYH and SEM pattern designations of 'swirl' and 'flower', because they most closely fit the way the pattern looks when viewed at the end of the rod. And each pattern looks as the term describes. The swirl pattern is circular (like a swirling galaxy), and the flower pattern looks like flower pedals. The flower pattern is also referred to as 'mottled' (SEM's term) and generically as 'wood-grain'.
Ebonite is sort of an odd type of material and is hard to turn with hand-tools on a wood lathe. Because it's rubber based, it's somewhat soft, but it dulls tool edges very quickly to the point that most times only a single cutting pass can be made before the tool must be re-sharpened. But it can be managed as long as you keep a very sharp edge. With a nice sharp edge, the material can come away in long ribbons and accepts the threading very well. It also has a very distinct odor reminiscent of burnt rubber.
This Pen's Specifications:
Color / Material: Cappuccino/Chocolate NYH Ebonite.
Length: Capped 6.50" / Uncapped 5.80".
Diameter: Barrel .57" / Cap .69".
Weight (gms): Capped 43.8 / Uncapped 26.9.
Clip: None / Clipless.
Nib: AGS (All Gold Steel) #6 Jowo.
Filling System: C/C / Eyedropper.