In the elaboration of that review, I tried a number of things with several pens. I even dared to extract the nib and the feed of some of them to take some pictures. And once the box is open, experiments are in order.
Externally, it was not difficult to see how similar the Platinum 3776 and the Nakaya feeds were. And once disassembled, it became evident that they were basically the same, save, of course, the beautiful detail of the twin grooves for the music nib.
So, what if I swapped the nib and the feed between those two pens? No problem, and this is the result:
So, finally I got an exciting nib in a beautiful urushi pen.
This should be no surprise. After all, Nakaya and Platinum are closely related. I cannot say for sure whether they are the same company or not, but I tend to consider Nakaya as the luxury division of Platinum, much in the fashion of Namiki as the luxury division of Pilot.
Nakaya has music nibs among its options for their custom-made pens, and there even exist the additional possibility of making it flexible. However, all these come at premium prices, not to mention the overprice of both the music nib (additional JPY 10000, or USD 80) and the flexible character (another JPY 10000 on top of the previous surcharge). I will leave the economic analysis of these figures for another chronicle. (Figures and availability as seen on Nakaya's website on August 2010).
Similar nib swapping can be made within the Pilot family of pens. Most Pilot maki-e pens and some Namiki (Yukari and Nippon Art collections) use size 5 and size 10 nibs. In those, the implementation of music or falcon or stub nibs is easy and straightforward. The obvious question, then, is why Pilot does not offer those exciting nibs as an option.
(Inagi, August 17, 2010)
[labels: plumín, Pilot, Platinum]