Ngadi Custom Fountain Pen - in Solid Black Acrylic with Clear Swarovski Crystals.
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About the Name:
The Ngadi (pronounced "N-ga'-de") is named after "Ngadi Chuli" (also known as Peak 29, Dakura, Dakum, or Dunapurna) is a high peak in the Mansiri Himal (or Manaslu Himal), also known as the Gurkha Massif, in Nepal. It is flanked by Manaslu to the north and Himalchuli to the south. Despite its top 20 height, Ngadi Chuli has only been climbed once or twice. The probable first ascent occurred in 1970. Hiroshi Watanabe and Sherpa Lhakpa Tsering, members of a Japanese expedition, climbed the east ridge and face. The first confirmed ascent, and as of 2014 the last attempt on the mountain, was in 1979.
About the Ngadi:
The idea of this pen started out as a more understated looking pen. But after the first prototype, I thought it needed something more. I originally designed it to have a wide "cap" band as it's most prominent feature, with a second smaller band at the very front of the section. But I wasn't satisfied with the prototype. I thought it needed a little something different. I finally got the idea to add a crystal. At first I though of adding just adding a single crystal to the clip. But that's been done already. Then I had the idea of adding a large crystal to the finial. Then instead of adding the band on the section, I'd add a smaller crystal mounted on the side of section right above the pinch and have it located in-line with the top face of nib. There, you could admire the stone while writing with the pen. Then to add just a little more uniqueness, I decided to moved the band from the base of the cap to the front of the BARREL, just behind the threads. With the band located here, it's centered exactly in the center of the capped length. The initial reference pen is solid black with clear or diamond-like crystals. And while you could order the pen with a material pattern of your choice, I think it would look best in solid colors with a contrasting stone so the band and crystals show prominently and aren't over shadowed by the material. I hope you'll agree as I do that in combination, I think all the features create a unique fountain pen.
Other possible color combination for the Ngadi:
After researching, I found that there are quite a few color options available for the crystals-- I found several color charts with more than SIXTY different colors! While there are more crystal colors available than solid acrylic colors, I think there are enough material colors that quite a few combinations of stone & material colors could be put together. I listed a few other solid colored acrylic examples at the bottom of the main page. I think any of the colors would make a beautiful pen.
I originally planned to size the Ngadi on the large size, similar to several of my other pens. But in the end, I decided it would look better a little smaller. So the length is around 5.75" (barrel 3.0", cap 2.75"); and the major diameter (at the band) is .563". The band width is 3mm. The band and clip are available in 24k gold or silver-tone (chrome clip, Rhodium bands). The inking system for this pen is a Cartridge/Converter (only) with the larger #6 nib. Nib finishes available for #6 STEEL nibs are: 2-tone, polished steel, and Black Oxide. Current tip sizes are x-fine, fine, medium, broad, 1.1 and 1.5 italics. 14 & 18K Gold nibs are also available as a special order.
Ngadi Options and Upgrades:
I think the unique style of this pen stands on it's own, so it requires few upgrades or options. You could upgrade the nib to 14 & 18K Gold. And if desired, you could swap out the stock the band width for something thinner (1 or 2mm) or wider (4mm).
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:
OK-- so what can you say about basic black? Not much, except that it still makes a sharp looking pen! The type of acrylic is called " Acrylic Acetate". It's one of the harder acrylic and can be fairly brittle, so you have to take care when turning and while threading the parts.
This Pen's Specifications:
Color / Material: Solid Black Acrylic.
Length: Capped = 5.69"; Uncapped = 4.96".
Diameter: Barrel (f/r)= .56" (band) / .438";
Cap (t/b) = .4375" / .563".
Wgt (w/o ink): Capped 18.2 gms;
Uncapped 10.8 gms; Cap only 7.3 gms.
Clip: 24K gold plated steel.
Band: 3mm wide 24K gold plated steel.
Nib: #6 two-tone Steel.
Filling System: C/C.