Hello again, it’s Katherine and I’ve gone rogue with the mediocre iPhone pictures. (Sorry)
I’m at the Nakaya Clinic hosted by Aesthetic Bay in Singapore. It’s a three day event where the Nakaya team (Yoshida-san, his assistant, and a translator) brings pens and offers time to get your Nakaya and Platinum nibs tuned and adjusted (by appointment). They are willing to do some grinds, but generally grinds take a lot of time so not all grinds are available. Additionally, each slot is 15 minutes long — so there isn’t a lot of time for multiple grinds, the focus is really on getting pens tuned.
Above is the tray of “fancier” pens — there are some really interesting urushi techniques in that case, how many can you identify?
New to this clinic is a new shape — a Dorsal Fin without the fin (on the right. The left pen is a Naka-ai for comparison). These are list at $800 USD for the tamenuris, and $900 for a variation of hairline.
They sold pretty quickly. (As Nakaya tend to do…)
And a selection of stoppers and nibs. They can be added to existing pens, or newly purchased ones! (For a fee, obviously)
When you buy a pen, they’ll tune and adjust it for you. The stand on the front left are their nib testers — each stock Nakaya nib is represented and available to try. Now I really want a music nib. Yikes.
My appointment is tomorrow still, so I’ll be back with updates on getting my pen(s) tuned and adjusted.
Lastly, I finished off the day with dinner with some of the Aesthetic Bay team and the Nakaya team (and a handful of other Nakaya fans!). Yoshida-san showed us some of his personal Nakaya pens… and my wish list just grew a whole lot longer.