02 August 2014


The information I offer today is already known—Kabutogi Ginjirô was a remarkable Japanese nibmeister who worked for a number of pen brands, including some of his own. And he was also responsible for the creation of some fake Pelikan nibs.

Today’s example is very significant. It is a wonderful paradox, a blatant contradiction. How could a Pelikan nib be engraved with the Japan Industrial Standards (JIS) mark and the registration number of a Japanese company? 4622 was registered to Kabutogi Ginjirô in connection to its brand Seilon, as we already saw.

A Japan-made Pelikan?

How far are countries willing to go in order to protect the local economy? Nowadays, Japan complains about China’s industry of counterfeit products but, didn’t Japan engage in these same activities back in the 1950s and 1960s?

This JIS-marked Pelikan nib is a stubborn proof.

My thanks to Mr. Sunami.

Inoxcrom 77, steel nib – Platinum Black

Bruno Taut
Nakano, August 1st 2014
etiquetas: Pelikan, Japón, nibmeister Kabutogi Ginjirô, Seilon


Brian said...

I hope you don't mind me commenting on an old post, but I figured it was worth noting that what appears to be a 4622 Pelikan nib has just come and gone on the auction site: https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/e274579114

Bruno Taut said...

All comments, Brian, are welcome all the time. This is not a forum.

Thanks for the information. That pen in the auction seems to be a Ban-ei with a "Pelikan" nib... Interesting indeed. Thanks for the information.



Brian said...

I see - in that case, here's another auction. Different pen, but another "Pelikan" nib? https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/k305982096

Bruno Taut said...

Yes, that was a very beautiful "Pelikan" nib. Thanks.


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