10 January 2013

Family Portrait (V)

As of today, only Platinum-Nakaya and the elitist Hakase manufacture pens in celluloid in Japan. But that was not the case in the past. Here I am showing a small collection of celluloid pens made by Pilot between the 1930s and 1950s.

A collection of celluloid pens by Pilot. Their filling systems are, from top to bottom, lever filler (green striated pen), eyedropper with shut-off valve (black with small vertical lines), A-shiki (green pen with metallic tail), lever filler (dark green), eyedropper with valve (brown), eyedropper with valve (black with sticker), eyedropper with valve (small black pen), and lever filler (bright red).

Most of them are eyedroppers with shut-off valve, but there are also some lever fillers and an example of the pulsated piston called A-shiki (A-式). The picture is far from being complete. There were multiple models and variations in the Pilot catalog over the years (see for instance a nomikomi-shiki pen from 1938 and another eyedropper from the mid 1930s), but not anymore. The last Pilot pen made of celluloid was produced in 1984.

Platinum 3776 (1978) – Sailor Yama-dori

Bruno Taut
Yokohama, January 10th, 2013
etiquetas: Pilot

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