09 November 2011


Pilot-Namiki started manufacturing fountain pens with maki-e decoration as early as 1925, just seven years after the foundation of the company. However, the association with Dunhill only started in 1930. These pens, either branded as Pilot or as Dunhill-Namiki, are now objects of desire for many collectors, and their price reflect this demand.

However, not only Pilot made maki-e pen on those years. Sailor copied the idea in 1926 and Platinum followed suit in 1930. Founder Shunichi Nakata commissioned some maki-e artists led by Rosui to create some designs.

Such is the case of today’s pen. It is an eyedropper made of hard rubber (ebonite) from the early 1930s. As is often the case in Japanese pens, it implements a shut-off valve to seal the ink deposit. The nib is a size 5 made of steel and signed by Platinum.

These are its dimensions:
Diameter: 14 mm.

Length capped: 135 mm.

Length open: 117 mm.

Length posted: 162 mm.

Weight (dry): 16.9 g.

The culotte operates the shut-off valve.

Details of the texture and of the coins used as docorative elements. Round coins are relatively new in Japan. Actually, yen (en in Japanese, 円) means circular and describes the new shape of coins.

The maki-e decoration is of the rough volcanic surface style –as described by Masa Sunami— with some old coins as decorative motif. This rough texture is very similar to the stone finish (ishime) currently available in Nakaya pens.

The final result is a very shibui pen—elegant and delicate without being ostentatious.

(Platinum 3776 – Diamine Teal)

Bruno Taut
November 8th, 2011
[etiquetas: Platinum, Sailor, Pilot]


Tortuga Vacumática said...

Fantástico post.
Muchas gracias por mostrar una pieza de semejante calibre.


Bruno Taut said...

Gracias por pasar por aquí. Me alegro de que les guste.

Buena suerte con su aventura vacumática ( http://tortugavacumatica.blogspot.com/ ).



Anonymous said...

Como coleccionista de monedas, amante de la cultura japonesa y de las plumas fuentes...esto es paraíso.

Saludos desde Santo Domingo,D.R,



Bruno Taut said...

Me alegra que le guste. Y me alegra tener lectores en el Caribe.

Gracias, amigo Gío.


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