Nanga Custom Clipless Fountain Pen - in Tortoise Shell Acrylic.
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Cap with hidden ring clip
These photo's show the Nanga with a clip installed by the "hidden ring" method. The clip is installed by first cutting a narrow notch in the cap just below the solid part of the finial end that's just wide enough to slip the TAB into. I use conventional "ringed" clips, but ones with small diameter rings. I pinch the ring closed to create a small TAB. The smaller width of the tap minizes the width of the slot so it's less visible. Then the tab is pushed into the slot and then secured on the inside.
Securing methods...When I researched methods for installing a hidden ring clip, all the references I found (for handmade pens) suggested GLUING the tab or ring to the ceiling inside the cap and using a thin disk of acrylic as an anchor. The tab/ring is against the ceiling with the piece of acrylic below the tab basically creating a "sandwich". While modern glues would (or should) be strong enough to keep the clip secure, I didn't really like this idea. Plus I like to have all my parts removable in case anything ever needs replaced. I used the glue method for my first hidden ring clip, but decided to see if I could come up with a better way to go. I just didn't think gluing the clip in place was a very good practice on a high quality pen ("IMHO"). Plus there's too much of a chance you could have glue "creap" and escape through the slot ruining the outside of the cap. Eventually I figured out method of securing the clip to the inside ceiling (solid area at the top) by using a small screw and washer-- a more professional way (again IMHO).
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).
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 Material:
This material is an Acrylic Acetate in a crushed pattern called "Tortoise Shell". The Tortoise Shell acrylic is probably one of the most recognizeable material used in many products in years past (pens, eye glasses were the most popular), and the pattern is still just as popular today as it in years past. If you haven't guessed already, the blend of black and honey gold chips in the material is made to mimic the shell of a tortoise. Tortoise shells were actually used prior to and in the very early days of acrylics, but the use of actual tortoise shells was eventually banned.
This Pens Specifications:
olor / Material: Tortoise Acrylic Acetate.
Length - Capped = 5 7/8" / Uncapped = 5 1/4".
Diameter - Barrel = .62" / Cap = .64.
Nib - 2-tone Steel #6 Meister.
Filling System: C/C.