Thursday, May 27, 2010

Featured Pen - Mitaka Eyedropper

The following information is taken from Dr. Ron Dutcher, Kamakura Pens, listing for this particular pen:

Detailed Description

Here we have a very interesting 1930's Mitaka Fountain Pen.

The cap and barrel are made of vulcanized hard rubber which a maki-e artist coated in rich black urushi lacquer.

What is really nice about this pen is the springy flex nib. It has the Big V vent, which allows the pen with greater flexibility. The nib is ideal for copperplate style round hand calligraphy or it is just a fun pen to write with if you like to add a little flourish to your words.

The Mitaka Pen Company is one of the more interesting of the obscure Japanese pen makers. Mitaka is a small city just outside of Tokyo. The city is situated upon a pleateau, and is known for its breathtaking sunsets with Mount Fuji on the horizon. The intriguing beauty has lured many artists,poets and writers to live in the area.

One of the most famous of these writers is Dazai Osamu. In his novels he frequently wrote about the Mitaka sunsets. One of his books was even named "Shayo" which, translates as "Sunset" In the late 1930's when this pen was made Dazai was one of the most popular Japanese novelists. It is clear that the pen maker chose this logo to allude to Dazai, and advertise that this pen was made for writers and authors.

The only other reference to the Mitaka Fountain Pen Company, was a mention in a thread on the Fountain Pen Network, that the company produced lower quality pens in the 1950s.  Well, that may be how they ended their company life, but this is a nice quality pen.

This pen's only drawback is that it is pretty particular about the paper that is used.  This nib will collect fibers, trash and anything else that it encounters.

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I have been asked how this shut off system works, so I'm adding this information to this post. There is a review on this pen on the Fountain Pen Network by member troglokev. He drew a very nice diagram of how the sytem works:

S.S.S. review


bleubug said...

Neat pen. I love seeing oddities such as this.

JoniB said...

Great post! I love that era as I've stated before. Also, I discovered that my local library has "Blue bamboo: tales of fantasy and romance" by Dazai Osamu. I just placed a hold on it and when I read it, I will think of this beautiful pen.

Julie (PW) said...

Nice! Very curious about these pens. I love eyedroppers but have not seen the ones with the shut-offs. How do they work? Post any photos or maybe a video showing? *ahem... we are always demanding more*

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