Nanga Custom Clipless Roller-ball Pen - in Tortoise Shell 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 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:
This pen uses the same material as the other Tortoise Shell acrylic pens, but this one is a ROLLER-BALL similar to the Abalone MAGNUM Roller-ball. However while the Abalone pen uses a PILOT G2 refill, this one uses a PARKER STYLE refill. One other difference between the two (and from the fountain pen as well) is that it doesn't require a separate section. Here, the barrel and section are ONE PIECE made with a single piece of acrylic. To replace the ink refill, you simply unscrew the small nose-cone at the front above the threads (this couldn't be done on the larger MAGNUM as the pen blanks aren't long enough). The one piece option allows an uninterupted pattern in the material along the entire length of the barrel. This would allow more freedom in choosing materials, as you could choose materials with a more dramatic pattern without having to worring about how it will look at the break point of the section & barrel joint.
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 recognizable material used in many products in years past (pens and eye glasses were the most popular items made), 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:
Color / Material: Tortoise Shell Acrylic Acetate.
Length: Capped 5.77" / Uncapped 5.0" / Cap 2.74".
Diameter: Barrel max .62" / Cap .65".
Nose-cone Tip: 24k Gold.
Refill System: Parker Style Roller-ball.