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The Nagahara Nib Story

 

Fine pen nibs can only be produced by professionally skilled craftsman who painstakingly produce and perfect them using their experience.

 

Sailor is fortunate to enjoy the ‘legendary’ prowess of Master Nib Designer Nobuyoshi Nagahara who has been a nib specialist for over 60 years with Sailor Pen. Mr. Nagahara  and his son Yukio Nagahara personally  direct the design process of Sailor’s unique nibs.

 

A long lost technique of making ‘Naginata-Togi’  (Japanese long sword) nib was revived by him.  A request from a calligraphy artist in Japan started Mr. Nagahara to further focus his attention on the nib. A unique looking pen nib called ‘Cross-point’ was created using two nibs crafted together. This special nib had two slits, vertical

and horizontal, a key to heavy ink flow even when applied to rough papers. Mr.Nagahara’s search for even more special pen nibs continued. Later on, a thin strip of solid gold was skillfully applied onto the top of the nib, which was then named the ‘Cross Emperor’ .

This gold strip provides an additional Ink reserve, which is necessary for a Fountain pen with such a large ink flow. Mr. Nagahara has also created other specialist nibs showing the world the unlimited possibilities of nib design and craftmanship.

 

Nobuyoshi Nagahara who is almost 80 years old now has travelled the world performing Pen clinics in many countries and now Yukio Nagahara his son is following keenly in his footsteps and has also visited Europe and USA.

 

Nagahara senior is still working with Sailor Pen but is no longer travelling the world!.

 

The Legendary Nobuyoshi Nagahara who is now 83 years old who has travelled extensively around the world performing Pen Clinics in many countries has now finally retired from Sailor Pen. His son Yukio Nagahara has followed keenly and ably in his father’s footsteps and has now himself also conducted many Pen Clinics in Europe, USA and Asian countries over the past 6 years.

   

The famous Cross Emperor nib by Nobuyoshi Nagahara

Yukio Nagahara

 

 

The Nagahara nib line up

 

The special nib development by Mr. Nagahara started long ago with the ‘Naginata Togi’ nib. The shape of the tip of this nib is somewhat longer than normal pen nibs and resembles the shape of the Japanese ‘Naginata’ Long sword –hence the name.

The unique  ‘Naginata Togi’ nib allows a very wide range of writing  angles and  gives personality to the writing style.  The ‘Naginata Togi’ nib is available in Broad NB,   Medium  NM  and Medium Fine   NMF.

Naginata Togi  NB (broad)
Naginata Togi NM (medium)
Naginata Togi NMF medium fine

Naginata  Emperor

Addition of the solid gold Emperor tab over the top of the nib provides additional ink reservoir.

 

Naginata Concord

Fine writing strokes in normal use and bold calligraphic strokes with use in reverse!

Naginata  Concord Emperor

Addition of the solid gold Emperor tab over the top of the nib provides additional ink reservoir for constant smooth writing and ink flow

Naginata Fude  de Mannen

Bold calligraphic strokes in normal use depending upon writing angle and finer strokes with use in reverse.

Naginata Cross Point

Double layered nib with unique Cross point design on the tipping provides a variety of interesting writing strokes –broad and fine

Naginata Cross Emperor

Addition of the solid gold Emperor tab over the top of the nib provides additional ink reservoir for constant smooth writing and ink flow

Naginata Cross Concord

Double layered nib with unique cross point design on the tipping provides broad calligraphic stroke on the reverse.

Naginata Cross Concord Emperor

Addition of the solid gold Emperor tab over the top of the nib provides additional ink reservoir for constant smooth writing and ink flow

Naginata Cross Music

Double layered nib with unique cross point on the tipping. Specially shaped/tapered to provide  interesting calligraphy

Naginata Cross Music Emperor

Addition of the solid gold Emperor tab over the top of the nib provides additional ink reservoir for constant smooth writing and ink flow.

‘Nagahara’ King Cobra

Specially designed and engineered by Mr. Nagahara himself - this creation is made with two nibs joined together. The resulting tips are expertly ground and polished to shape –they resemble the Head and jaws of the Cobra snake.

This nib writes in a variety of extremely broad strokes (up to 6B) and is only suited to pen barrels of a minimum length.

‘Nagahara’ King Cobra Emperor

Addition of the solid gold Emperor tab over the top of the nib provides additional ink reservoir for constant smooth writing and ink flow

‘Nagahara’  King Eagle

Specially designed and crafted by Mr. Nagahara himself – this nib is made joining three nibs together on top of one another. The tipping surfaces are then specially slit to produce the double Cross. The Tips are then specially ground and polished to provide the ultimate in flexible writing with broad medium and fine writing possibilities.

This special nib is also only suited to pen barrels of  a minimum length .

Nagahara’ King Eagle Emperor

Addition of the solid gold Emperor tab over the top of the nib provides additional ink reservoir for constant smooth writing and ink flow

Naginata  Sai-bi Togi

The finest nib ever created by Sailor Pen – Extra extra fine. EEF

This nib is designed and crafted by Yukio Nagahara. A total of 11 different processes are involved in the production including the use of a special microscope and projector system. The name Sai-bi means fine and beautiful writing in Japanese.

The King of Pens ‘Nagahara’ nib Line up

In addition to the standard 21K nib in M and B

The King of Pens has some special ‘Nagahara’ nibs available on certain models depending on the market

 

‘Naginata Togi’   available in NB broad, NM medium and NMF medium fine.

In addition the following Special Nagahara nibs are available on some models of the King of Pens.

 

‘Nagahara’  Cross Point

Double layered nib with unique Cross point design on the tipping provides a variety of interesting writing strokes –broad and fine

 

‘Nagahara’ King Eagle

Specially designed and crafted by Mr. Nagahara himself – this nib is made joining three nibs together on top of one another. The tipping surfaces are then specially slit to produce the double Cross. The Tips are then specially ground and polished to provide the ultimate in flexible writing with broad medium and fine writing possibilities.

 

This special nib is also only suited to pen barrels of a minimum length

 

 
   
   

 

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