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I tried Google, Dogpile, etc. and can't find info about the Japanese TEIKEN pens or nibs. Does anyone have any clues? I bought 2 of them on a whim sight unseen, but I have no idea what I purchased. Such is life.

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<br />I tried Google, Dogpile, etc. and can't find info about the Japanese TEIKEN pens or nibs. Does anyone have any clues? I bought 2 of them on a whim sight unseen, but I have no idea what I purchased. Such is life.<br />

 

Are they Teken or Teikin? There are a lot of blogs in Japanese that have examples of Teikin pens made by Obunsha. I took a quick look at Obunsha's website; they are a company that produces stationary and other products for the education market. Looks like they made pens targeted specifically at Jr. High school students, high school students, graduates, etc in the past. Looks like they also produced some business-style pens (very 70's/80's style). The blog reviews I looked at were all satisfied with the way the pens wrote.

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Teikin was a smallish manufacturer of pens in the 1960s and early 1960s. Most of their output were small short/long models. Their highest grade pen (at least from the many I have seen) was a full size silver plate model with crosshatch finish. They are often found as promotional items. I believe they were made by Sailor. They're not quite up there with The Big Three.

 

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Thanks SO much. I received the pens and your spelling Teikens is correct. I'll try to get some decent photos, especially of the nibs. Both pens remind me of the Parker 180 - a flat nib sandwiched between two buns of plastic (bottom slightly longer over the nib than the top, with a 1960's "Rocket Man" flair. One was using a Platinum-brand cartridge with the little ball bearing, and the other used a smaller straight no-name cartridge. The two are not interchangeable. Both are very light, and I was not surprised at a student-targeted designation. Neither are near the class of some of the photos of Teikens that were posted. With that said, both of them still write fairly well. I gave them a good bath and a good flush and straightened a small kink on one side of a nib and used a judicious amount of silicone as needed - I could use a similar complete treatment :-) - and tomorrow I'll give them a drink of a Noodler's Eel (color yet undetermined). I'll see what I can do with a photo, although I'll be using a snapshot without the benefit of macro (sigh). Thanks again...

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The back of the box says there was a 3 year warranty and if there were any problems to send the pen to the below address for a free repair.  Also, it says they use Sailor cartridges.

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Teikin was a maker of inexpensive pens, usually produced in conjunction with advertising campaigns. Believe company was founded in the late 1950s or early 1960s. They may have been owned by a publishing company. Almost all of their production are the short/long models. Rare to find gold nibs. Generally poor scratchy writing pens. Their high point may have been production of a silver (silver-plate?) model with cisele-type finish in the early 1970s.

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On 7/9/2011 at 12:22 PM, stan said:

I believe they were made by Sailor.

Looks like it.  I got these 3 in a group of pens.  From left to right, Sailor, Teikin, Obunsha (in kanji) Teikin.  The bodies, caps, clips, & nibs all look the same to me.  However, the Teikins had Platinum cartridges in them.

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