Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Featured Pen - Danitrio Densho

Danitrio fountain pens are are made by Dani International, which was founded in 1974, as a privately-held independent corporation.  What many people may not know is that Danitrio is a U.S. company, not a Japanese company (this was a fact that I did not know). In addition to Urushi and Maki-e pens, Danitrio also produces some marvelous pens using Italian Celluloid. [EDIT: Danitrio no longer produces celluloid pens]

My purchase is a Densho model in kuro-keshi.  Kuro-keshi is a basic ebonite pen painted with black Urushi to protect the ebonite from tarnishing. Go to the Danitrio site and click on "Basic Urushi Paintings" on side bar.

When I opened the box, I was met by a very nice black box embossed with the Danitrio name.

Inside this box is a lovely heavy wooden box, the box is held closed by magnetic closures. I did not take a photo but this box was cocooned in a protective wrapper that it can be slipped back into for storage or for shipping.

Now into the depths of that lovely box: the pen, an eyedropper and a polishing cloth. All beautifully displayed on a royal blue velvet background (yes, the velvet is blue although I know it looks black, blame the photographer).

The Densho is almost 6-1/4" long capped, 5-5/8" uncapped and is rather stout.

The nib is an extra fine flexible.  I'm not very good with the flex part but I am very happy with the extra fine.  If you are a regular reader you will know that most of my nibs are stub or italic but have been showing up in the stable rather regularly lately.

and lastly the required writing sample.

If you are ever interested in purchasing this pen or one of the other Danitrio offerings, I highly recommend that you contact Kevin Cheng at Internet Pens.  If you do not see what you want just shoot him an email, this pen is not shown on his website but he had two in stock.


bleubug said...

Congrats. Lovely pen.

Greasemonkeyhands said...

Nice congratulations. I have enough flexible nib pens but I'm dying to try a stun or cursive italic. Having a pen like this with said nibs would be "delicious"

Peninkcillin said...

Beautiful pen and congrats on getting it. The box alone looks more expensive than all my pens combined :) How flexible is it? Wet noodle or not even close?

Julie (O-kami) said...

The nib has a lot if flex. In the hands of the right person I'm sure it would sing. But I need to practice.

peaceablewriter said...

Welcome to the Danitrio Fellowship, Julie!

FYI: Celluloid pens are no longer current production pens. The company focuses on urushi and maki-e exclusively, as I've heard Kevin say.

The company may have US owners and the nibs may be made by Bock, but the pens themselves are made in Japan, with some of the most respected Japanese urushi and maki-e artists.

I hope your Densho becomes a keeper for you!

laurie said...

is this a calligraphy type pen or regular writing pen? ...I write calligraphy and can't tell with your sample (as nice as it is!). Thanks for the post!

Julie (O-kami) said...


It is a regular pen, but with the flex nib it could certainly be used for calligraphy

Anonymous said...

Wow. It looks stunning! How much did you get this for? I'm searching for one of these...but it has to be around the $200 limit...

Julie (O-kami) said...

I did not sell it nor is it for sale. They run about $600 from Kevin at - finding a used one is VERY difficult, they do not change hands often

Dark said...

I know this is a controversial topic to many people (and we should always compare apples to apples....unfortunately we never do...) nonetheless, I am wondering:

Do you own a Nakaya? If you do, how would you compare Danitrio pens with Nakaya pens (of similar monetary value)?


Julie B said...

Hi sb

I do own a Nakaya, a Piccolo in heki-tamenuri. In my opinion, these two pens compare very closely.

My only complaint about the Nakaya is that they are all c/c fill, but then I look at them and they are so beautiful, who cares.

Both pens are fabulous writers. I hope this helps.


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