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Platinum 3776 Nibs Manufacture



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Just want to share with all FP enthusiasts here, the manufacturing video of Platinum 3776 gold nibs:

 

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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.

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It's worth watching that whole video series. It's fun. Everyone writes something on a sheet of paper and flies it as a paper plane to someone else. I assume they are known personalities. I don't have any idea what they write but it's nice to see all sorts of people using the Platinum pens (and of course, all sorts of Platinum pens).

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My 3776 write terrible. Super noisy and feedbacky, and terribly dry. The medium nib even scratches (tears paper fibres off papers).

 

I have them in medium and broad. The broad is a tad better but still dry. I tried priming the feed but the wetness can last only 1 line of writing then the writing becomes super dry again.

 

I had a terrible time matching inks to these pens.

 

For example, Diamine Meadow, Sepia, Indigo, Florida Blue, Amazing Amethyst turned out super light. And it gets worse with Rhodia papers.

 

The writing sensation is very very unrefined.

 

Perhaps Platinum was made for Black and dark/saturated ink users for writing on absorbent papers, and writing only Asian characters.

 

I would certainly not purchase anymore Platinum pens (except Preppy which is totally different writing sensation altogether in a good way).

 

I tried a few vintage Platinums and they are not that terribly feedbacky and dry. So why now? Has the quality dropped or has Platinum discovered that feedback is the direction to head?

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Has the quality dropped or has Platinum discovered that feedback is the direction to head?

I bought five Platinum #3776 Century fountain pens (three with SF nibs, and two with F nibs) this year, and I certainly haven't found the quality of the pens and nibs to be wanting, or the writing experience with them disagreeable or problematic. Yes, they offer feedback and I can hear them on the page when I write, and I don't know there's a standardised and/or objective metric for such things, but they don't snag on the paper, scratch its surface or tear it up (but I have bad nibs for dip pens that do), and the level of tooth is nothing out of the ordinary among my Japanese (mainly Platinum, Pilot and Sailor) pens.

 

Since you specifically mentioned Rhodia papers, I decided to try a few of my Platinum pens out on a Bloc Rhodia No.16 notepad I bought last month. (I did have a very disappointing experience with a Bloc Rhodia No.18 notepad I bought in, um, 2014?)

 

 

I can't say I find anything bad or wrong of how my Platinum #3776 pens write. Not shown in the clip is the third #3776 Century pen with SF nib that I gave my fiancée (which I have written with before and also had no problems with), and a briar wood barrel #3776 pen with a snap cap that I haven't inked yet.

 

Perhaps you may still what I captured on video is not a smooth writing experience, or that you can hear the noise. You can certainly hear me screw and unscrew the caps of the pens in the video, so that should serve as a frame of reference for calibration.

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My experience is that preppies are godawful and the 3776 is awesome. I donated every preppy I've bought after getting my first 3776, a Nice with an extra fine nib. Beautiful pen that wrote exceptionally well right out of the funky oval box. After that I bought a Chartres Bleu on Amazon from a Japanese seller with stock in the US at the Amazon warehouse (for like $80!). The Chartres Bleu has an ultra-extra fine, which took some getting used to even for this needlepoint Japanese pen lover.

 

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I think it has something to do with faulty nibs if it's tearing into the papers.

 

As for my experience, even with the dry Pelikan inks the 3776 handles it quite well and it's chomping every ink I throw at it so far with no complaints from me.

Sure the inks will come out lighter than compared to say a European fine, there's no going around that since it is much finer.

Many (and I mean many) people dislike the feel of the feedback from the 3776 and maybe that's what it will conclude to but it's fine since this is a matter of preference.

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I feel extremely sad that some of us would have this experience with specific brands. I feel that if this was the feedback from everyone who uses the brands, the manufacturer would not be around for long. Fortunately for the rest of us, or unfortunately for you, you seem to be more in the minority as Platinum makes amazing pens. Next year is their 100th anniversary. I also have a folder of 20 pens dedicated the brand as I LOVE all of my Platinums and Nakayas. They all perform flawlessly to me, and I have almost every nib size they offer. My only critique of their pens are that the 3776 design can be quite pedestrian if the pen does not have a more fancy finish.

 

My 3776 write terrible. Super noisy and feedbacky, and terribly dry. The medium nib even scratches (tears paper fibres off papers).

I have them in medium and broad. The broad is a tad better but still dry. I tried priming the feed but the wetness can last only 1 line of writing then the writing becomes super dry again.

I had a terrible time matching inks to these pens.

For example, Diamine Meadow, Sepia, Indigo, Florida Blue, Amazing Amethyst turned out super light. And it gets worse with Rhodia papers.

The writing sensation is very very unrefined.

Perhaps Platinum was made for Black and dark/saturated ink users for writing on absorbent papers, and writing only Asian characters.

I would certainly not purchase anymore Platinum pens (except Preppy which is totally different writing sensation altogether in a good way).

I tried a few vintage Platinums and they are not that terribly feedbacky and dry. So why now? Has the quality dropped or has Platinum discovered that feedback is the direction to head?

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I feel extremely sad that some of us would have this experience with specific brands. I feel that if this was the feedback from everyone who uses the brands, the manufacturer would not be around for long. Fortunately for the rest of us, or unfortunately for you, you seem to be more in the minority as Platinum makes amazing pens. Next year is their 100th anniversary. I also have a folder of 20 pens dedicated the brand as I LOVE all of my Platinums and Nakayas. They all perform flawlessly to me, and I have almost every nib size they offer. My only critique of their pens are that the 3776 design can be quite pedestrian if the pen does not have a more fancy finish.

 

Well, the 3776 feedback is a relatively new thing with Platinum pens. It wasn't like that in the 80s-90s and before.

 

I would say Platinum made amazing pens.

 

The 3776 is not the reason why Platinum is around for a long time.

 

There is no need to be sad, enjoy your pens.

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