2017-04-19

Lamy Safari Petrol (2017)

Lamy Safari Petrol (2017)
matted barrel with black clip and nib





2017-04-05

Montblanc UNICEF Ink 2017

Montblanc UNICEF Ink 2017

the new 50ml bottle and packaging would replace the 30ml or 35ml for the special edition inks.
ident 116223











size comparison of the 50ml vs 30ml

2017-02-11

Pilot Custom Urushi (2016)

Pilot Custom Urushi is the new model introduced in 2016 by the Pilot. the initial impression is "big", bigger, thicker, longer and more expensive, as compared with their old flagship model Custom 845. you could consider it as an enlarged version, however there are a few improvements over the Custom 845, as least to me myself. the section mold line has polished off, the felt cushion around the interior of the cap edge is also removed and there is no golden USUSHI mark on the back of the cap.

capped length is 155mm


the newly developed #30 nib is quite soft, have a choice of FM, M and B.


filled with con-70 or cartridges


Custom 845 and Custom Urushi


Custom 845 and Custom Urushi


size comparison of Custom 845, Montblanc 149 and Custom Urushi


the #30 nib has comparable size with the Montblanc 149 nib, and the #15 nib on the left is for size reference.


updated 20170310
added a comparison of the uncapped Custom 845, Custom Urushi, and Montblanc 149,


more info:
Custom Urushi - Bruno Taut
Size 30 and KoP - Bruno Taut
Size Comparison with MB149 - Mori Mutsumi
Size Comparison with MB149 #2 - Mori Mutsumi
Size Comparison with MB149 #3 - Mori Mutsumi
Pennino
Michikusa Blog
current Pilot Custom series
Pilot Nibs

2017-01-29

Pilot/Namiki Nibs

the following photo shows the size of different current Pilot/Namiki nibs,



here is a old photo without the #30 nib



SizeWeight
3 0.38g
5 0.53g
10 0.62g
15 0.70g
20 0.78g
50 2.03g

Namiki #20 nib is the same size as Pilot #15, but with different shape and
feed. Namiki nibs usually carry the PP-F hallmark as follows,



Most Pilot/Namiki nibs have date code stamped in the format of "XMMYY", "XMYY", "MMYY" or "MYY"

X is a alphabet, e.g. "A", "B", "a", "b", "H", "T" ...
"H" was the Hiratsuka factory 平塚工場, and "T", Tokyo factory 志村工場 (opened Dec 1935, renamed to Tokyo factory May 1966, moved Nov 1978), was closed for some time. these two alphabets are no longer use today. "A" and "B" mark the different welding machines in the Hiratsuka factory.

MM or M is single or double digit denotes the month.

YY is the year, e.g. 09 is 2009.

some older nibs would also has the old JIS mark.

more info:
Bruno Taut: Datation of Japanese Pens. II. Pilot Nibs
Bruno Taut: Datation of Japanese Pens. III. Pilot’s Pen Bodies
http://taka215.blog63.fc2.com/blog-entry-65.html,
http://www.lionandpen.com/Dutcher/JIS.html

since 2010, the first alphabet is omitted.



from the catalog of Namiki, there are several varieties of Namiki nibs,
Two tone 18k #50: for Emperor collection and Chinkin collection (large size)
Two tone 18k #20: for Yukari Royale collection and Chinkin collection (medium size)
Two tone 18k #10: for Yukari collection
Single tone 18k #50: for Urushi collection (large size)
Single tone 18k #20: for Urushi collection (medium size)
Single tone 14k #10: for Nippon Art collection (FN-5M)
Single tone 14k #5: for Nippon Art collection (FN-35SM)


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