22 August 2021

Platinum Pocket Nibs

After Sailor had released the first Japanese pocket pen in 1963 –the Sailor Mini— Platinum soon followed suit with its own line of compact pen.

Pocket pens were very successful and became a workhorse in the lineup of the companies. Platinum, on its side, showed this by implementing a wide variety of nib points in them.

Eight differen nibs for a single model. And thre might have been some more nib points. Clockwise from top, music, soft fine, fine, sign, manifold, script, medium, and extra fine.

Such is the case on display today—eight different nib points in one single model. And there might have been some more.

The Platinum pocket model. Albeit with minor variations, this model was in the Platinum catalog for about 10 years around 1970.

Out of those, four are labeled in English—music, sign, manifold, script. But how do they write? Are they significantly different to those we usually encounter?

All these five nibs were made between 1967 and 1969. Their points are music, sign, medium, manifuld, and script.

The following writing sample might answer those questions. The medium nib (中字) is shown as reference. All of them, might be worth notice, are quite rigid, and there are no major differences among them in this detail.

Sailor Fude pen – Diamine Teal

Bruno Taut
August 19th, 2021
etiquetas: Platinum, plumín, plumín musical


Ruurd said...

Do I see correctly that the Music nib has been slitted wrong? Both slits do not end in the center of their respective holes. And one of the others also. How comon was that flaw at that time? Do you know?

Papish said...

It's so interesting to see these nibs engraved not only in two languages, but with the whole word for the width.

Thank you for the writing sample. It seems Sign, Medium and Manifold are very similar. What about their perfomance? Are they similar in how you feel them when writing?

Love that music nib and the transparent feeder.

Btw, how was Diamine Teal with the Sailor fude?

Bruno Taut said...


You see correctly. That was not unusual, in my experience, at that time. You can check some other blog entries on music nibs: https://estilofilos.blogspot.com/2018/10/anonymous-music.html , https://estilofilos.blogspot.com/2014/01/universal-japan.html .



Bruno Taut said...

Thanks, Papish.

You are right--the line width does not change much. About the writing experience, the manifold was particularly smooth. More than that, it will surely depend on the writer's hand.

Diamine Teal in the Sailor Fude works fine, but the nibs demands a lot of attention.

Thanks for passing by and commenting.


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