24 June 2016

Early Pilot Nibs. VIII. Size 6

Pre-war size 5 nibs by Pilot are very rare, as I have already explained. However, it is with size 6 nibs when die-hard collectors start to raise their eye-brows. This is probably due to the combined effect of size –bigger is sometimes better— and a non-extreme rarity.

I have found several examples of size 6 nibs. Only one of those presented today is attached to a pen; the rest come from a collection of nib. These are the dimensions:

Manufacturing date .Jan 1937. .Oct 1931. .Undated. .Undated.
Length (mm) 29 30 30 30
Width (mm) 6.9 7.0 7.6 7.6
Feed diameter (mm) 5.5 -- -- --
Weight (g) 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.6
Material 14 K Au 14 K Au 14 K Au 14 K Au
Notes Oblique Stub

Two of these nibs are not explicitly dated, but the type of the inscriptions on them allow us to think they were made in the 1930 or early 1940s.

From January of 1937.

From October of 1931.

Non dated. Note the inscription "OBL". In fact, an oblique right nib.

The same right-oblique nib of the previous picture. Detail of the nib point.

Non dated. A stub.

The point of the stub nib.

Previously on these Chronicles we have seen two other examples of this size of nibs: one belonged to a hoshiawase pen from 1924, and the other to a lever-filler in celluloid from 1942. I have not included those nibs in this list because I do not have their dimensions.

The obvious variations in the sizes of the four examples here shown are not unusual, as we had already seen on Pilot nibs of smaller sizes (see, for instance, those in size 1).

My thanks to Mr. Niikura and Mr A. Zúñiga.

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Bruno Taut
Nakano, June 23th, 2016
etiquetas: Pilot, plumín


Saltire Turquoise said...

A Japanese Oblique! For the export market, or were oblique nibs more common in pre-war Japan than now?

Bruno Taut said...

There have been some oblique nibs in Japan. However, this being an right oblique makes me think it was for the overseas market.

Thanks for passing by and commenting.



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