Last Sunday, at the monthly Wagner Pen Clinic I had the chance to put my hands in one of them.
The push buttons are totally different. While the Pilot has a relatively small button entering the barrel, in the Platinum pen, the whole barrel is the button.
The openings for the nibs. Both are closed when the pen is not in use, although that cannot be seen on the pic.
Pilot marketed its first Capless model in 1964 at a whooping price of JPY 6000, which could be something in the order of JPY 60000 nowadays. Given the limited success, a JPY 3000 version was released the following year –aiming at students, some sources say— and it became a real success. Platinum then made its own model –this Knock 18— trying to take benefit of the new trend. This model was short-lived due to patent infringement issues.
My thanks to Mr. Niikura, who allowed me to inspect his never inked pen.
Inagi, August 31, 2010
[labels: Pilot, evento, Platinum]