Nanga Custom Clipless Fountain Pen - in Conway Stewart Pistachio 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 has a capped length of about 6", and 5 1/4" uncapped. 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. 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 pen uses a Cartridge/Converter inking system, but can be upgraded to a piston or button filler. If you like to use the pen as an eyedropper, you can order it with a special rubber o-ring that seals the section to the barrel so it can be filled directly with ink. The larger #6 nib is the best size for the Loa, but it could be ordered with a #5 if desired. 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 style of the barrel, it's not very conducive to adding a blind-cap for a piston or button filler. So the only upgrade option available for the Nanga would be adding an o-ring so it could be used as an eyedropper.
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 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 Conway Stewart used, and 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 asit 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 = 5.67" / Uncapped = 5.12".
Diameter - Barrel = .61" / Cap = .65.
Weight (gms): Capped = 20.5 / Uncapped 11.8.
Nib - #6 2-tone Steel Meister.
Filling System: C/C.