Nanga MAGNUM Custom Clipless Fountain Pen
in Conway Stewart Pistachio Acrylic.
(Click each photo to view larger views)
||In the photo on the
RIGHT you can see the
o-ring that was added
that converts the pen
into an eyedropper.
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 slot-mounted clip with a hidden ring (see the main page for a few pens made with this type of clip). 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 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:
This pen was made for a client, and as is usually the case, he selected the material. The material is one of the original Conway Stewart (CS) colors* called "Pistachio". I'm not sure why the name, other than it being dominated by the green color chips. But it has other color chips mixed throughout as well, so it's hard to say how they came to choose the Pistachio name.
*Please note: this is NEW material (not NOS), but has been manufactured at the same Italian factory that Conway Stewart used, and it has been made with the same exact "recipe" that was used for Conway Stewart on their original pens.
If the material looks somewhat familiar, I made a pen about a year previously in some other acrylic that at the time I though was the CS Pistachio. I had only seem the material in photo's of their completed pens, and since the original material wasn't available at that time, I thought it was a pretty good match. Well, it is a close match, but as it turns out, it's not the real CS Pistachio. The real Pistachio has more color chips than the other material. The other material has a lot more of the solid black base color showing, while the CS material is fully filled with the colored chips.
This Pens Specifications:
Color / Material: Pistachio Italian Acrylic.
Length: Capped 6.50" / Uncapped 5.81" / Cap 3.12".
Diameter (max): Barrel .69" / Cap .715".
Weight (gms): Capped 32.4 / Uncapped 20.0.
Nib: 2-tone #6 Steel Meister.
Filling System: C/C or Eyedropper.