06 December 2010

Matching (II)

The controversy is always there: Is that pen original or a copy of another? Which company did father that idea?

The well-known all metal Pilot pocket pens.

Among pocket pens, the all metal Pilot Myu 701 is the most widely known, and its close relative black stripped pen is one of the most desired.

The black stripped pens by the big three Japanese companies. From left to right, Pilot, Sailor and Platinum.

The jewels on the caps.

On the other hand, the big three Japanese pen companies are always paying a close attention to each other.

The three nibs. From left to right, the Sailor's in 18 K white gold, the Platinum's in golden 18 K gold, and the Pilot steel nib.

Platinum’s version of the black stripped stylus was a pen with a springy 18 K gold nib. The black plastic section and the golden colored nib take some charm away from this wonderful writer.

On its side, Sailor released an all steel pen with black stripes with a very smooth 18 K white gold nib. Again, an amazing and pleasant tool.

The Sailor pen in detail.

I cannot say which of them was the first in seeing the market.

My thanks to Kinno-san

(Hawaiian Balance in green celluloid – J. Herbin Vert Empire)

Bruno Taut
(Madrid, December 5th, 2010)
[labels: Platinum, Sailor, Pilot]

1 comment:

Readymade said...

Same story in the US and Europe :) Everyone copied from each other.

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