Nanga Custom Clipless Fountain Pen
in Toffee SEM Ebonite.
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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 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 and Rhodium, and come in a variety of diameters with widths from 1 to 4mm (1mm increments). As stated above, you can also upgrade your pen with a 14k or 18k gold nib. For the fans of the Nanga MAGNUM, I also have a souce for the larger #8 nibs. However they are only available in the BOCK style nibs in 18k Gold or Titanium Semi-Flex. Contact me if you are interested.
Inking system upgrades... NEW October 2021: The Nanga is now available as a button-filler! The button-filler barrel is 1/4" longer than the standard barrel with a 3/4" long blind-cap. So now there are FOUR inking system options available: 1) the standard C/C; 2) Eyedropper with a custom fitted o-ring; or 3) Bulb-filler; 4) the new Button-filler.
Miscellaneous items... I also offer a variety of other items: a) hand-made Props and Buttons for pens as well as Cuff-links in a variety of styles. 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. The Cuff-links are available in a variety of styles and finishes and can be ordered with your choice of insets.
About this Pen:
Customer's have ask for it--now the Nanga BUTTON-FILLER is finally here!
Over the years I've had customers ask about a button-filler in the Nanga line. The issue in creating one with the Nanga was with the length and curved shape of the barrel, and being able to have a blind-cap that was large enough while allowing enough length in the rest of the barrel to allow for enough ink volume. Ultimately I resolved the issues by making the barrel slightly longer (sometimes the easiest solutions take the longest to realize!). Typically, I make the blind caps 1/2" long. And for most pens, 1/2" is more than long enough for a comfortable blind-cap. But with the sweeping taper at the end of the Nanga barrel, I didn't think a 1/2" cap would be long enough to get a comfortable grip. And simply making the blind-cap longer alone taking the length away from the rest of the barrel would decrease the ink volume. So ultimately, I just decided to make the barrel longer by 1/4" and adding it to the blind-cap. So the Nanga Button-fill barrel is about 4.50" long (w/o the nib) with a 3/4" long blind-cap.
About this Material:
This material is called EBONITE, which is a very hard material made by vulcanizing rubber. If you're not familiar with Ebonite, it was the precursor to acrylic and was a popular material used at the turn of the century for most everything that is now made from acrylics. But Ebonite is still widely used today. The most notable product Ebonite is used for is bowling balls, but it's also a favored material of many pen aficionado's. Like acrylic, it's available in a variety of colors, but the patterns are limited. Typically you'll only find it in solid colors and just a few patterns. The most popular being this 'swirl' or flower pattern used here. The name comes from the pattern you see when looking on end the rod blanks. Most of the patterns are a mix of one or two colors in a black base. The TOFFEE used here is considered a 'single' color, because it just one color mixed with the black base. The Grass-Blackberry used on the Nanga is and example of a 'two-color', which is grass-green & blackberry mixed with the black base. Ebonite is also made in various countries and the quality will vary. I use high-quality ebonite from SEM or NYH, both manufactured in Germany
This Pen's Specifications:
Color / Material: Toffee SEM Ebonite.
Length: Capped 6.0" / Uncapped 5.46".
Diameter: Barrel .60" / Cap .63".
Weight (gms): Capped 25.5 / Uncapped 17.9.
Clip: None / Clipless.
Nib: 18k Gold #6 Jowo.
Filling System: Button-filler.
Also available in C/C and Eyedropper.