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New: Platinum Curidas (Capless Type) Fountain Pen

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#1 Olya

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 15:41

Platinum is to release (again) a retractable fountain pen, in what looks to be clear resin and apparently a steel nib, as the price (7000¥) doesn't suggest a gold nib.

 

"Curidas" is a portmanteau of "Kuridasu" and "Curiosity".

 

The clicker is imo way too long and ugly looking, but oh well.

 

In typical Platinum fashion all models seem to be demonstrators, but the fact that they are made of resin is a massive plus in my book.

 

Colours: Crystal (clear demo), Graphite Smoke (clear smokey black), Abyss Blue (clear dark/smokey blue), Green (clear), Red (clear). Green & red have more special names, but I can't make out what it says before "Green" and "Red".

 

The clip is removable with a special tool provided by Platinum.

 

Saw this first here

 

https://www.reddit.c...sort=confidence

 

https://www.reddit.c...sort=confidence

 

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#2 penzel_washinkton

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 15:54

After a rather boring 2019, Platinum and Pilot finally is coming out all guns blazing this year it seems.



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Posted 03 January 2020 - 15:56

Oh my goodness! I'm afraid to say that pen is not at all for me. Nonetheless, it will be an interesting addition to the capless fountain pen family, which I recognise as VP and Decimos, Lamy Dialog 3, and Visconti Pinifarina Iridium/Carbon Graphite (though I don't know if I can count those because of how limited and expensive they were). Am I missing any? (There is the Montblanc Boheme retractable but that still has a cap, which kind of takes away the point :lol: )


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Posted 03 January 2020 - 17:38

A welcome design.It may make easer the transition from a ballpoint to a fountain pen B) .



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Posted 03 January 2020 - 18:55

No thanks.Too bad about the disproportionate lengthy knock.


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Posted 03 January 2020 - 20:14

Huh. Tempting, even with the long knock.

Would have to see it with my hands first, though.

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 01:14

I agree, the clicker absolutely ruins it.


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Posted 04 January 2020 - 03:24

Eeeeew...



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Posted 04 January 2020 - 05:56

> disproportionate lengthy knock

> the clicker absolutely ruins it

 

You got used to the clip of the VPs, you will get used to that button too.

 

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 07:25

> disproportionate lengthy knock

> the clicker absolutely ruins it

 

You got used to the clip of the VPs, you will get used to that button too.

 

(WingSung if you listen, make it better. :lol: )

 

The VP doesn't feel like it's as long. It's less bulky looking too. This looks like it's trying to fit a whole converter in there!


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#11 Inkysloth

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 11:35

I also think the knock looks too long, but I really like that theyre making a more affordable capless. I wish FP companies would exploit the sustainability aspect of their pens, show how many throwaway biros would be replaced by one FP.

Though as a lot of FP companies also make biros, I guess thats unlikely!

Anywho. My budget will be tight this year so Im not likely to buy one unless I have a flurry of work come in, but one is definitely on my wish list.

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 12:52

well well Platinum certainly know how to economize on available resource ; so they take the preppy pen bits and put it in yet another re-iteration though this time I got to give them at least a 9 out of 10 for effort taken ; it does seems it would bode well with the younger generation who are wean on those clicker gel pen


Edited by Mech-for-i, 04 January 2020 - 12:56.


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Posted 04 January 2020 - 18:24

This is promising. To develop a new pen like this takes confidence that the market wants this sort of thing. Perhaps other companies will generate new designs to compete as well. 

 

--I don't mind the knock / clicker length especially because that's in the dormant state. When fretting over aesthetic I'm most concerned when I'm actually using the pen. 

 

--The price is very promising. That will ensure wider adoption. The new Vanishing Point "LS" is too expensive for me to even care. Whereas the Platinum will retail for 7000¥ (supposedly) which is inexpensive enough for me to give it a try. 

 

--While the Procyon is too small for my tastes, it's a very nicely constructed pen. My hope would be a Procyon-style retractable fountain pen in the future. 


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Posted 08 January 2020 - 04:59

I am liking it and agree that this is a development that could bring more people into the fold of fountain pen users.

 

That and Platinum makes some outstanding nibs.



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Posted 09 January 2020 - 20:22

The aesthetic seems off - the body looks oddly thick relative to the nib, unlike the VP which tapers.  That said, I have a new Procyon and it seems a bit large to me as well; I prefer the size of the Prefounte even if the materials used aren't as high quality. 7000 ¥ is considerably less than the VPs, but still well above what most people would pay for a starter pen.  I won't be purchasing one unless I happen to get to try one and discover the pen in hand is much more pleasing than the pen in pictures.


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Posted 09 January 2020 - 20:23

I am liking it and agree that this is a development that could bring more people into the fold of fountain pen users.

 

That and Platinum makes some outstanding nibs.

Oh yes, I agree about the nibs.


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Posted 09 January 2020 - 22:17

they certainly look interesting to me. I will likely get a few.



#18 mke

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Posted 09 January 2020 - 22:25

Yes, 7000 is quite some money - for a retractable preppy.

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 11:29

Yes, 7000 is quite some money - for a retractable preppy.

Yes and no. It's still give or take one third of the usual price of a VP. Even less in the EU, but I expect the price of this to be a bit higher here because of the VAT.

I think that it will find its buyers and users, especially among those who consider the VP to be too costly.

Edited by SquelchB, 10 January 2020 - 11:30.


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Posted 10 January 2020 - 12:03

> one third of the usual price of a VP.

Pilot Capless (or VP) has gold nibs while the new Platinum has not. Lets assume a gold nib would cost another 5000, so we are over the official Pilot prices for a capless - which start at 10000 Yen in Japan (MRSP). Street price of a Capless is from 7000 Yen - one example: @Amazon. So, actually, the new Platinum is much more expensive.


Edited by mke, 10 January 2020 - 12:12.







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