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Platinum Izumo Glossy - Tagayasan



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This was an impulsive purchase on ebay, I put in an idle bid and to my shock, won. Consider this review as an extension of my review of the Izumo #28 Akatame.

 

The Platinum Izumo is offered in three broad types today. Ebonite with Makie on it, Ebonite with Urushi coating in three colors: Red, Green, Black and finally in Iron wood (Tagayasan) with a Urethane coating (NOT Urushi), here again two finishes are offered, Glossy and Matte. The pen under review is the glossy finish one. Model No: PIZ-50000T #21 in F point.

 

The Izumo is sold gift wrapped in a special brown wrapping paper, and this is how I received the pen. The converter is not included with the pen so it was placed externally.

 

The unwrapping:

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9019.jpg

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9021.jpg

 

Bubble wrap removed:

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9023.jpg

 

The tag outside the gift wrap to help the shop identify the goods:

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9024.jpg

 

Gift wrap removed:

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9025.jpg

 

Tag on the outer box:

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9026.jpg

 

The Distinctive Paulownia box with Izumo on it:

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9027.jpg

 

Finally the pen:

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9028.jpg

 

The paraphernalia:

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9030.jpg

 

Some background about the materials: The wood is from the Dalbergia latifolia tree, a native of India thus special to me. It is also known as Indian Rosewood or Malabar Rosewood or Bombay Blackwood. (Bombay happens to be my city, I am curious how this wood got the Bombay name :) )

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9056.jpg

 

The pen:

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9031.jpg

 

The pen is very dark, looked nearly black at first glance. But the grain pattern is there and is very nice.

 

Clip Tags:

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9032.jpg

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9033.jpg

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The pen liberated:

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9036.jpg

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9037.jpg

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9038.jpg

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I then took out my Akatame Izumo to compare. The wooden pen is substantially larger then the Ebonite Izumo, as you can see from the following pics. I also found some interesting engineering differences in construction which I will attempt to show:

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9040.jpg

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9042.jpg

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9043.jpg

 

The section thread insert is different on the Tagayasan. It has a no threads zone right at top so that the possibility of cross threading is minimised, impressive. :)

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9044.jpg

 

Also the section on the Tagayasan is plain resin, unlike the Urushi coated section on the Akatame.

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The nibs:

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9045.jpg

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9047.jpg

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9048.jpg

 

The nib is very precisely formed.

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The cap tops are different:

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9049.jpg

 

The Phosphor bronze clips look identical:

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9055.jpg

 

The Tagayasan has a metallic insert inside to support the section threads. On the other hand, the Akatame has threads directly cut on the cap's Ebonite. Let me show you:

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9050.jpg

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9051.jpg

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The pen was delivered to me a few months back. But only yesterday I decided to ink it. :)

 

First fill was with Platinum Blue-Black ink in converter. A writing sample:

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9057.jpg

 

You can see how thinner it is as compared to the Platinum C nib. :)

 

A comparison with the Pilot Silvern F nib:

 

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af39/hari3171/PlatinumIzumoTagayasan/IMG_9062.jpg

 

I measured the line widths, verticals are 0.3mm and horizontals are 0.2mm

 

Superb nib and writer. The balance is very good, as good as my Akatame.

 

In conclusion, I feel the Izumo is one of the more underrated pens out there and holds its own very well in the face of the plain versions of the Urushi Nakayas.

 

Cheers!

Hari

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Wow, that's a beauty!

Yeah, isn't it. I really must take some sunlight pics of the pen to show off the amazing grain and the F nib is simply superb DPD. :)

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Great review! Is the section similar in width to other Platinum pens (like a 3776), or is it thicker like those on the Nakayas tend to be?

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Awesome Hari. This is a beautiful pen. Great job of documenting the differences. I love my Izumo and this is another one that I would love to get into my grubby hands.

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Great review! Is the section similar in width to other Platinum pens (like a 3776), or is it thicker like those on the Nakayas tend to be?

Thanks!

 

The Izumo section is identical to the Platinum President FP except for lacquer application etc. HTH.

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Awesome Hari. This is a beautiful pen. Great job of documenting the differences. I love my Izumo and this is another one that I would love to get into my grubby hands.

Thanks Pelman. Go for it.

 

My grail Izumo at the moment is the Soratame which you already have. :)

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Fantastic review, as always! It's a beautiful pen. I am constantly tempted by the Izumo...maybe your review will push me over the edge :)

Currently using:Too many pens inked to list, I must cut back! :) I can guarantee there are flighters, urushi, and/or Sheaffer Vac-fillers in the mix!!!

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Fantastic review, as always! It's a beautiful pen. I am constantly tempted by the Izumo...maybe your review will push me over the edge :)

Thanks Quinden. and I am myself a great fan of your exquisite collection.

 

One can buy a new Izumo off ebay for a very reasonable price. :)

 

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