Dira Custom Midi Size Fountain Pen - in Navy Blue Pinstripe Acrylic.

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Navy Pinstripe Dira (capped) Navy Pinstripe Dira (uncapped) Navy Pinstripe Dira (close-up) Navy Pinstripe Dira (uncapped-2) Navy Pinstripe Dira (close-up-2)


bout the Name:
This pen got it's name from the DIRAN a mountain in the Karakoram range in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. This 7,266-metre (23,839 ft) pyramid shaped mountain lies to the east of Rakaposhi (7,788m). Diran was first climbed in 1968 by three Austrians: Rainer Goeschl, Rudolph Pischinger and Hanns Schell. Earlier attempts by a German expedition in 1959 and an Australian expedition in 1964 were unsuccessful. To read more about mount Diran, click here: As you can see, I dropped the "n" on the end of the name (it's not a typo!). I did so because I'm trying to use only names that end in "a" for my midi pens. Since I ran out of actual mountain names that end in 'a', I had to start getting creative to come up with new names.

Dira Dimensions, Features and Options:
The Dira is another pen that falls into the Midi or JR size category. It has an overall length of a little under 5 1/2" with a maximum cap diameter of 9/16" (at the base), and a maximum barrel diameter of about 1/2". The most prominent features of this pen would be its small compact size, the short pyramid shape at the ends, and the pinched clip with working roller-ball. Because of its small size, the pen is very light. The section is fitted with a smaller #5 size nib, that is a perfect size for the smaller pen. The pen is only available as a cartridge/converter (C/C). The barrel is too short for a Button-filler, and too thin to add the o-ring for 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 material is an Acrylic Acetate called "Navy Pinstripe". As you can see, it's so called because of the color and pattern. At first it might seem like a simple pen to make, and it would have been with a different material. But it was quite tricky to make with the pinstripe pattern. The initial blanks were square, so I had to make sure that when I rounded them, I kept the stripes running horizontal (and not get skewed and run up or down hill). I also had to make sure the stripes lined up across the entire length of the finished pen (section to barrel, finial to cap, then cap to barrel). And if you look closely, you can see that I was successful!

This Pen's Specifications:
Color / Material: Navy Pinstripe Acrylic.
Length: Capped 5.37" / Uncapped 4.80".
Diameter: Barrel .53" / Cap .55".
Nib: #5 Polished Steel Meister.
Shown with both polished and 2-tone steel nibs.
Clip: Stamped steel w-chrome plating.
Filling System: C/C.
Also available in Button-filler.