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Pilot Pens From The 1970 Decade, Made In Burma

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#1 hari317

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 17:46

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 23:09

Hari, are there still some of these pens for sale?


I only have two pens -  an Aurora Optima and others.


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 04:25

Hari, are there still some of these pens for sale?

I had not seen them available for years before my friend wrote to me from Madras. It seems an individual had a small stash of these pens squirreled away which he then sold as a lot to my friend...

 

However, i guess plenty were made and a few should be lying as dead stock in some of the several hundred pen shops in this country.


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 06:23

Hari...thanks for showing us these Burmese Pilots...this post is an invaluable addition to the history of fountain pens in the subcontinent...and the various forays Pilot made outside Japan...we should also have a companion post on Indian Pilots...and see how they compare...if my memory of design serves me right, I feel the Indian Watermans' are closer in design to the Burmese Pilots...esp the clip and thumbnail nib...

 

Keep it up...

 

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 10:49

Hari...thanks for showing us these Burmese Pilots...this post is an invaluable addition to the history of fountain pens in the subcontinent...and the various forays Pilot made outside Japan...we should also have a companion post on Indian Pilots...and see how they compare...if my memory of design serves me right, I feel the Indian Watermans' are closer in design to the Burmese Pilots...esp the clip and thumbnail nib...

 

Keep it up...

 

Jai

Thank you Jai. I have already written something about Pilots made in India:

http://www.fountainp...from-the-1970s/


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 12:25

Thank you Hari, wonderful work. I knew about Pilot making pens in India and Korea but never heard of operations in Burma. 

 

Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

 

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 13:39

Hi,

 

Interesting! By any chance does the one in the picture with the blue cap have a cracked cap lip (7th picture from the top)? It looks like that from the pictures.

 

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 13:50

By any chance does the one in the picture with the blue cap have a cracked cap lip (7th picture from the top)? It looks like that from the pictures.

 

i looked, it is a seam, maybe from the cap mould.


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 13:52

Thank you Hari, wonderful work. I knew about Pilot making pens in India and Korea but never heard of operations in Burma. 

 

Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

 

Nikolaos

Thank you Nikolaos. I certainly hope today or tomorrow, we can find out more about their Burmese operations...


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Posted 01 November 2013 - 12:05

Seems like a surprisingly good pen, considering it is pretty low end model (then again, it is a Pilot so that probably shouldn't be all that odd!).

Am I imagining things, or is one of the caps not quite round?


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Posted 01 November 2013 - 12:13

These pens are quite old, stored in bad conditions and made of low quality plastic. understandably, some of them have undergone dimensional distortions aided by the metallic inserts.


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Posted 02 November 2013 - 01:40

Pilot  also manufactured pens in Thailand and Brazil.

 

Platinum also manufactured overseas. As i recall Thailand, Philippines, and Spain (limited amount of assembly to serve European market.. I need to double-check my research and memory.

 

Sailor manufactured in Taiwan. Tridents were made here for awhile!

 

The list might be longer. Again need to check all of my research.


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Posted 02 November 2013 - 01:45

Pilot  also manufactured pens in Thailand and Brazil.

Platinum also had/still have a Shanghai plant(from their website).

 

Do you have any details about the Burma Operations of Pilot?, models built, when it started, when it closed etc?

 

Also  any inputs about the intriguing F date code on the nib ?


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Posted 02 November 2013 - 02:43

Platinum also had/still have a Shanghai plant(from their website).

 

Do you have any details about the Burma Operations of Pilot?, models built, when it started, when it closed etc?

 

Also  any inputs about the intriguing F date code on the nib ?

 

 

Yes. I do. Will need to post tomorrow. Sorry.

 

Pilot also made pens in Shanghai before World War II. I beleive they  had two operation. One that assembled pens made in Japan and the other made pens. the Shanghai plant eventually became Hero Pens operation.


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Posted 02 November 2013 - 08:28

I had not seen them available for years before my friend wrote to me from Madras. It seems an individual had a small stash of these pens squirreled away which he then sold as a lot to my friend...

 

However, i guess plenty were made and a few should be lying as dead stock in some of the several hundred pen shops in this country.

 

Thank you very much, Hari.

 

(Apologies for the late reply).


Edited by aawhite, 02 November 2013 - 08:29.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 16:08

Hello Hari,  

 

You always have the most interesting pens and photos to share. How do you find these unusual pens? Thank you for continuing to educate us all.  By the way, I will return to Delhi & Lucknow in Dec & Jan.  Someday, I hope to visit your city, so we can meet. Have a nice rest of the weekend.

 

Best wishes,

Barry



#17 hari317

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 16:25

Hello Hari,  

 

You always have the most interesting pens and photos to share. How do you find these unusual pens? Thank you for continuing to educate us all.  By the way, I will return to Delhi & Lucknow in Dec & Jan.  Someday, I hope to visit your city, so we can meet. Have a nice rest of the weekend.

 

Best wishes,

Barry

Thank you Barry for your most kind comments. I hope to meet you. :)

 

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