taccia ta-ke

I love pink.

I love fountain pens.

So when a pink fountain pen comes along, I love it twice as much.

Enter the cotton-candy pink Taccia Ta-ke. Acquired from Chito Limson, a fellow FNP-P (Fountain Pen Network-Philippines) member, this pen has all the elements that make it one of my favorites.

The Taccia is inked with a blend of Private Reserve Burgundy Mist and Diamine Cerise.

“Ta-ke” is Japanese for “bamboo”, the design inspiration for the cap. The body is steel, while the section and cap are of pink resin. It has a c/c (cartridge or converter) fill system, and comes with a converter.

The nib is a German iridium-tipped medium ground by Chito into a stub with lots of patience and Micromesh.


The result? A fountain pen that’s unusual and a treasured souvenir of a kind and esteemed friend.

Chito offered to exchange the stub nib for a regular medium, but after trying out the “Chitofied” version, I couldn’t let go of it. It takes a bit of getting used to because of the shape of the nib, but it’s worth the learning curve as the line variation I get is interesting.

I’ve always been a fine or extra-fine nib girl, but this pen and the broad nib Pelikan M150 from Leigh Reyes  (also an FPN-P member) make me more open to exploring other kinds of nibs.

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7 Comments on taccia ta-ke

  1. TAO
    25 March 2009 at 5:38 pm (3280 days ago)

    That looks like a nice pen and nib! I’m a big stub fan since it make my handwriting look more interesting than the scrawl it really is. I’m sure you’ll love it the more you use it. Stubs like that do require the pen be held at the right angle but it’s easy to get used to.

  2. Jenny
    25 March 2009 at 6:32 pm (3280 days ago)

    You’re right, it’s important to hold the pen at the right angle. I had to figure out how to do that at first for this stub. The pen is also heftier and heavier than I’m used to, but once I got the hang of it, it’s become a favorite. :)

  3. wella
    26 March 2009 at 11:16 pm (3279 days ago)

    This is such a pretty pen. I would like to get into this! What are your suggestions for a “starter” fountain pen? Could you please do a blog post for newbies to get introduced into using fountain pens?

  4. TAO
    27 March 2009 at 3:41 pm (3278 days ago)

    Any starter pen discussion should include the Pilot 78G (especially with the broad/stubby nib). I just bought one for a friend to get him into the hobby a bit. It’s cheap (I got mine for $12 in the U.S.), reliable, and well made. The broad nib makes it a standout, IMHO. It does come in colors, but not pink. :(

  5. Jenny
    28 March 2009 at 6:22 am (3278 days ago)

    @Wella: I don’t feel qualified to do a “FPs for beginners” article, but I’ll do an entry about using and collecting FPs based on my own experience. :) Thanks for the suggestion!

    @TAO: I didn’t know the Pilot 78G came in other nibs. Prof Butch Dalisay got a bunch for some of us FPN-P’ers when he was in Shanghai last December. Mine was a red one (because it’s the color closest to pink, there not being any pink 78G’s), with F nib. The broad nib sounds interesting! :)

  6. TAO
    28 March 2009 at 2:09 pm (3277 days ago)

    You should try the broad nib. Pep was nice enough to loan me hers for a while to try it out. Very enjoyable. I’m going to put up a little bit about that pen today on my blog. :)

  7. KC
    7 December 2009 at 2:11 am (3024 days ago)

    Your Taccia is really nice, but I don’t think it is the cotton candy one. I think you purchased the red one because I recently ordered a cotton candy color Ta-ke and it is a much lighter pink than your red one. Great FP though!

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