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  1. I got a fountain pen for Christmas It's a Platinum #3776 Century with an ultra-extra-fine nib. I normally write with a Pilot Penmanship (or that nib in another pen) which is an Extra Fine, so I was expecting it to be finer than that. I was surprised to find, though, that the Platinum seems to be very dry, and that the black ink I'm using looks more like grey - actually it looks more like pencil, to me. I can make more ink come out, without really noticeably affecting the line width, but only if I apply quite a bit of pressure - I normally write quite lightly. I've flushed the pen through with water (I originally inked it as soon as I took it out of the box, but then thought I should have a go at flushing it!) but that hasn't made any difference. I've tried the pen with Noodler's Black in the converter, and with a standard Platinum black ink cartridge. I was wondering if this is normal for this pen, or not? This is my first pen of this level of fineness, so I don't know if I have unrealistic expectations or not! I've attached a photo of the 3776 alongside the Penmanship for comparison. To be honest, the line with the 3776 is light enough that I have some trouble reading my writing, as I found when I wrote a page with it! I'd be greatly appreciative if anyone can give me some advice about if this is normal, and if there is anything I can do make it wetter.
  2. https://www.platinum-pen.co.jp/news/10162/ Well, I guess a translucent red with maple leaf pattern - a much brighter red than 2017's Shungyo.
  3. Yesterday I received a flat-topped Platinum 3776 with a snap-on cap, consistent with those described as '2nd generation' in threads here such as the one linked to at the end of this post. I was a bit surprised to find that the cartridge it came with is different from what I thought is a standard for Platinum (my 3 other Platinum pens from around the same era, though none of them 3776's, use the 'normal' Platinum cartridge). The cartridge in this pen has no lip, a wider mouth, no ball inside, the plastic is materially different, and is slightly longer. The 'normal' Platinum cartridge doesn't fit in the section, having a larger diameter body than the one that came with this pen. Is this cartridge or a converter that fits this pen available? I ask because I haven't been able to remove the ink stains from the cartridge that came with it and I'm concerned about filling it with ink.
  4. From the album: Japanese pens

    The patterns around the cap or body on a Platinum #3776 Celluloid pen is unlikely to be seamlessly continuous because, as Platinum Pen explained: Source: https://www.platinum-pen.co.jp/e_spec_explanation.html#celluloid

    © A Smug Dill

  5. From the album: Size and shape comparisons

    From left to right: Platinum #3776 Century, Chartres Blue with rhodium trim Sailor Shikiori Hisakata ‘Stardust’, as an example of the Procolor 500 Sailor Professional Gear Imperial Black edition, as an example of the full-sized ProGear ‘Classic’ Sailor Profit Black Luster, as an example in the Profit Large (aka 1911 Large) form factor Sailor Proske (Nagasawa Stationery Center exclusive ‘Profit Skeleton’), as an example of the Profit Standard (aka 1911 Standard) See also:

    © A Smug Dill

  6. From the album: Size and shape comparisons

    From left to right: Platinum #3776 Century, Chartres Blue with rhodium trim Sailor Shikiori Hisakata ‘Stardust’, as an example of the Procolor 500 Sailor Professional Gear Imperial Black edition, as an example of the full-sized ProGear ‘Classic’ Sailor Profit Black Luster, as an example in the Profit Large (aka 1911 Large) form factor Sailor Proske (Nagasawa Stationery Center exclusive ‘Profit Skeleton’), as an example of the Profit Standard (aka 1911 Standard) See also:

    © A Smug Dill

  7. Hello all, I open this thread here because I guess it will be read by more people than in the classifieds. I have a Platinum 3776 with a broken feed, and I need a new one. If any of you has one spare i can buy, or knows where I can find one, I would be very grateful. Thank you. Vron M.
  8. http://www.platinum-pen.co.jp/fountainpen_century_new.html Looks to me the base price of the Black in Black, Chartres Blue and Bourgogne models of the Platinum #3776 Century is going up from JPY 10,000 to JPY 13,000, in parity with the new Chenonceau White and Laurel Green models. Platinum will be using new product model numbers to reflect the new price, but I don't see anything else that's different about the 'new' models.
  9. Waski_the_Squirrel

    Trim Ring, Celluloid Platinum 3776

    A while back, I purchased a celluloid Platinum 3776 pictured here. The trouble is, the wide trim ring at the base of the cap is loose. I finally cleaned it up and put it in my case after getting way too much use out of it. Today, I pulled it out and the trim ring stayed. It is friction fit onto the pen right now, but very loose and easy to turn. I'm nervous about using superglue, since it's a celluloid pen. Is there a glue I can use in a really tiny amount to hold the trim ring in place? It has to bond metal to celluloid.
  10. Platinum #3776 Century in Laurel Green (with gold trim) and 14K gold Fine nib now ¥8,824 (inclusive of 8% domestic consumption tax) sold and shipped by Amazon.co.jp. That's the first time I've seen any of the Laurel Green pens, which debuted at an MSRP of ¥13,000+tax, offered by a major retailer for less than ¥9,000 (but maybe I haven't been watching too closely, since I already have so many other #3776 pens with 14K gold Fine nibs).
  11. (Disclaimer: This will be a long review of my favorite pen in my current collection. If you want to read just the review, skip to Packaging. Plus, this review is going to be picture heavy.) Introduction: India is a land of great intellectuals and the longevity of the race to reach the top is pretty staggering. May it be an exam that can decide your future or a Periodic Test in Grade 10, exams play a vital role in a student’s life in India. This holds for Indians living in abroad as well. So, it started with me studying hard for my Periodic Tests 2 and I was really hoping to top and get a pen with my own money as until now, my parents bought me all my pens and I didn’t want them to spend 343 AED (around 90 USD) for a pen. I did top my class and as promised, my parents agreed to buy me the Platinum 3776 Century after much negotiation. They expected me to go for something less expensive. But I had topped so there was no backing off. We ordered the pen late at night and my parents gave me the biggest surprise-they didn’t take a single Dirham from me. I ordered from J-subculture along with a converter and chose EMS shipping. J-Subculture took around 3 days to ship it and the pen reached me within 12 days. I was overjoyed when I returned from school and found a package from Japan on the table. Packaging: The pen was well packaged by J-Subculture. As for the pen, it came in a blue faux leather Platinum clamshell case with a white sleeve that my mom threw in the garbage. It contained a user manual, warranty card, and the pen inside a plastic sleeve. The converter came in a simple box. Right of the bat, the converter was a bit rough and I had to grease it with TWSBI silicone grease. Pen and Nib Design (9/10): The pen is named 3776 referring to the height in metres of Mt. Fuji in Japan. It sports a classic rounded top cigar shaped design. I wouldn’t go to the extent of calling it Montblanc inspired as I am pretty sure Montblanc hasn’t patented that design. Talking about patents, this pen’s cap houses the patented Slip and Seal mechanism that Platinum advertises can keep your nib from drying for upto 2 years. The threads are all smooth and you can feel the tension of the cap mechanism after about one and a quarter of a turn. The nib is quite plain with some simple engravings. It is pretty flat in design. The pen is also accentuated with some gold-plated rings and a center band that also has some engravings on it. The engraving on it could be better. I love this design unlike many others. Construction and Quality (7/10): This is a place where this pen kind of lacks behind. The pen feels pretty solidly made with some desirable heft to it. The resin also feels pretty durable, but it lacks in finishing. The pen had some scratches and two of them are noticeable when viewed right. Also, it has two seams on the section which isn’t quite troublesome but can be smoothed out. The engraving could also be better. Looks and Comfort (9/10): The Platinum 3776 Century Chartres Blue is made to look like the stained glass windows of the Chartres Cathedral in France. Most of the 3776 Century fountain pens are French themed with the exceptions of some LE’s that are themed after various locations and lakes around Mt. Fuji. The pen looks stunningly beautiful in blue with some transparency. But, there is a but. The pen looks as it is meant to look only in bright indoor light or in sunlight. Otherwise it looks like a very very deep blue, almost black, with almost no transparency. Comfort wise, the pen could be made a bit more thicker and longer. Only then would it be perfect for me. After posting, this doesn’t matter. Filling System (9/10): It is one of my favorite filling systems. A cartridge-converter is one of my favorites because it is easy to clean, disassemble and also to fill. The only disadvantage of Platinum’s proprietary converter is its small ink capacity. Also, as I mentioned, my converter was poorly greased. Writing Experience (10/10): It is hard to find faults here. The writing experience is stellar. This nib is a champ. The Medium 14 carat gold nib is pretty fine by western standards and writes very smooth with some nice feedback. The ink flow is perfect. This is my kind of nib. I prefer this to overly wet, fat and super smooth nibs. Now I need all the Platinum 3776 century pens with almost all nibs except the Course and the Music. I am not fan of ultra-wide nibs. This nib can be used for various purposes like note taking, daily writing and most importantly long writing sessions with ease. Comparisons: On comparing this pen with the TWSBI Eco and ASA Nauka, the Platinum feels a bit small in the hand and is the second most comfortable out of the three with the ASA bragging the first place. The Platinum easily has the largest nib of the bunch. Conclusion: While this pen is a favorite of mine, it is not without faults. Its construction and finishing could be better, and some minor changes could be done here and there. But these faults won’t stop me from buying the other 3776 Century pens. I need a Bourgogne next as my Chartres Blue needs a companion. Man, I need so many more pens! All the photos were taken with a Nikkon D5300 (I'm still learning to take photos this thing) on a windowsill (my favorite place for pen photography) of my 18th floor apartment with abundant sunlight. They have not been edited. Thank you for reading my review. Please leave your suggestions and comments below.
  12. NotAWiz4rd

    Platinum 3776 Maki-E

    I'm currently eyeing a Platinum 3776 Century Maki-e Sansui. I wasn't able to find a lot of reviews or info on this pen. Does anyone here have experience with the pen? Is it worth the extra money over the Platinum Kanazawa? How does the artwork hold up over several years of use? Are there any specific reasons (except design) to choose the Platinum over the Sailor/Pilot equivalents (or the other way around)?
  13. How is everyone's experience with the effectiveness of the cap seal on Platinum #3776 fountain pen models not designated Century, and are thus without the "Slip and Seal" mechanism? The celluloid models with product identifiers PTB-30000S (as opposed to the current production batches identified as PTB-35000S, which are obviously more expensive but designated Century), and earlier batches of the models with briarwood barrels (PTB-30000BN and PTB-50000BS), were not designated Century. I have one of the earlier brown tortoiseshell celluloid models and two of the briarwood models, and today I discovered the ink has all dried out in their converters after not having been used for four or so weeks. In contrast, not so my two kanazawa-haku models (PNB-30000H) or basic Bourgogne models of the Platinum #3776 Century pens. That pretty much cured me of the persistently resurfacing desire to complete the 'collection' of briarwood models I'm still missing the one with the light-coloured smooth finish or buy more of the celluloid models when I see them offered 'cheaply' on Amazon.
  14. https://youtu.be/FxlVOQ9t6fg Hey Party People. Here's a review I did of the Platinum 3776 Century. Check it out if you get the chance. Thanks!
  15. The Platinum #3776 Century Yakusugi cedar fountain pen with 14K gold Fine nib is presently being offered (sold by Amazon US, so I'd say from a reliable seller) for what I think is an awesome bargain price on Amazon.com.au, especially from the perspective of an Australian consumer. International shipping charges often kill what is nominally a good deal, but if you have Prime membership with Amazon Australia, shipping is free for this item; furthermore, unlike buying from eBay.com.au, GST is inclusive in this price. The Japanese domestic RRP for this is ¥50,000 (about A$639 at the current exchange rate) exclusive of consumption tax. I'd jump on it myself if I didn't already have one; and I cannot be bothered importing one just for the purpose of selling it for a slight profit, when PayPal fees and such would eat up a significant chunk of that. I'm hoping this post might benefit some of my compatriots and fellow fans of 'Japanese Fine' nibs on pens made of precious woods, and also sets some sort of reference point for those who come afterwards, in case someone (without the credibility and reliability of Amazon) wants to sell the same pen at a significantly higher asking price. The pen comes in a larger paulownia box than the Platinum #3776 Briarwood models, and includes an artsy Japanese fabric pen pouch. You can see more of the package contents here: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/333170-platinum-yakusugi-rare-ancient-wood-fountain-pen/ (Mine doesn't have the kanji inscription on the section, though.) Of course, Amazon often likes to play silly buggers with product pricing, so the price of this pen could go lower still; I've seen two consecutive drops of ~$10 each in the past 24 hours. On the other hand, it could shoot up to A$750 or more overnight; that was its price on Amazon.com.au a fortnight or so ago, if I recall correctly. Disclaimer: Of course I'm not affiliated with either Amazon or Platinum, except as a satisfied customer with a long purchase history.
  16. https://p-bandai.jp/item/item-1000130670/?rt=pr&fbclid=IwAR1FfIOac7LqGthhhQt3h5iMfbLyNv6bSZg9dvnRVLig5JWQ1-0xwStnD5M Expected, but why Zabi? Where's the generic Zeon or Earth Federation versions? I guess I'll have to hold out longer...
  17. KingRoach

    Platinum 3776 Nib And Feed

    Hello all, I have managed to get a Platinum 3776 pen body without a feed or nib. Is there anywhere I can get a nib and feed (cheaply, I hope), for this pen? Any nib size will do for now as I'd just like to put this pen to use again. Alternatively, I'm happy to fit any non OEM feeds and nibs that simply fit this pen. I don't think other feeds will fit due to the very long tail, but I guess other no.6 nibs might fit in the end. So mainly need the feed, then a nib. Any help is much appreciated. Best
  18. penzel_washinkton

    Platinum 3776 Nibs Manufacture

    Just want to share with all FP enthusiasts here, the manufacturing video of Platinum 3776 gold nibs: [media=400] [/media] Love the work ethic and passion shown in the making of the nibs (and with nice cheerful music to boot). Although kind of awkward to see some of the forced smile at the end (IMO). Sorry if this has been posted previously.
  19. http://www.platinum-pen.co.jp/e_fountainpen_century_kumpoo.html I really like the turquoise color and the wavy pattern on the pen. This one really caught me by surprise, from no news a few days ago and now with a release date of July 1.
  20. http://p-bandai.jp/item/item-1000123208/?rt=pr So after the two limited edition Gundam-themed fountain pens (Zabi and Char), Platinum and Bandai has teamed up again to create 3776 Fountain Pen of Vist (Vist Foundation is one of groups from Gundam UC). The bad news is that it only comes with 14k fine nib. Price at 27000 yen and scheduled for delivery in May.
  21. I have a Chartres blue 3776 with a music nib and love it. I picked up a Bourgogne red Century in a soft fine a while back but the nib is not exactly what I was expecting. Consequently I dont use the pen much. I think I had much different expectations of the nib that its just not meant for. I do love the red though! I really would like to swap the nib for a Platinum music nib on the Bourgogne pen and save the SF nib for a different pen. The SF has its place but I would get much more use out of the red pen with a music nib. Is it possible to get a hold of just a Platinum music nib individually or am I going to have to get a whole new pen and start over? Also Im contemplating just getting a C nib and grinding it to an italic with a somewhat music nib profile. Theres a significant cost savings to go that route. The Century music nib is not springy at all so I dont think I would see much of a difference with a hard italic in line width/edges.
  22. Ronderick

    Platinum 3776 Oshino

    http://www.platinum-pen.co.jp/press_30210_2.html Seems like a very quiet announcement, especially given the previous fanfare behind the 3776 NICE Lavender. The price is set at 20,000 yen, so it looks like its more under the NICE category (the code ends with "A" instead of "S" for the NICE Century pens). Also, it seems that the serial number comes with the card for first-run pens, similar to the Lavender.
  23. 1791thinkshop

    Looking To Try An Uef Pen.

    I write really small when for myself (notes, lists, the ever present 5"x8" cards {gasp})... so I want to try an UEF. I generally write with EF and Stub but it's time I try an UEF. Ive found a Platinum Century #3776 UEF for $73 USD delivered. So first, is that a fair deal? Two, is there a cheaper UEF pen for me to try before jumping into a century? Thanks to you all in advance. -B
  24. gibbs

    Temperamental 3776

    I recently purchased my third 3776 this time in a medium instead of a fine like my other 2 and while my other 2 are great writers. the new one is a bit temperamental as to why stumps me as at home it took a bit to start when I first inked it up but I expect that with cartridges but once it got writing its great and I can pick it up anytime and it writes great. The past two days I decided to take the pen to work to use as my day to day pen and it's been nothing but trouble it seemed to struggle to start writing and when it did start while it was fine it would stop just as quick it worked a bit better after I dipped the nib in water but eventually the issue returned. I am at a loss with this as if the pen was a pain everywhere it would make sense but considering how nice it is at home I find it strange that this hasn't continued.
  25. Hi there! After more than one year of intense usage (mainly for drawing) of my Lamy Safari(s) I am thinking about buying a "next-level" fountain pen. In terms of performance do you think it is worth spending money on a better one (gold nib, better construction, etc.)? Is there significant difference between a budget and an expensive pen? (My budget is not that fixed, I can be persuaded - but let's say $150 is the ceiling.) What I've observed with my Safari is that 1) the feed sometimes does not give enough ink when drawing really fast sketches (maybe it is just the ink? used only Lamy and Diamine so far) and 2) I have a slight guess that there must be better performing nibs as well. My requirements of the new pen: - great feed and nib; - reliable workhorse pen - still remains a good pen after 10 years; - reverse writing - at least as good as the Safari; - classic look, the less plastic feeling the better. So far I've these pens in my mind: - Platinum 3776 PTB-5000B - Platinum 3776 PTB-10000B / PNB10000 - Pilot Namiki Falcon (maybe a too big jump?) (- Faber-Castell Loom) Maybe I should try lots of different inks (just ordered Sailor jentle) before boastfully believing I am ready to "leave behind" Safari? Thanks a lot for all the answers in advance! Kind regards, Kristof





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