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Thanks for the recommendation, Paul. You probably are right that the plastic piece, in proper condition, never should be able to move over to the wrong side of the hump.

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I owned a Curidas and ended up returning for a refund. I was not impressed at all. I disassembled and reassembled and it no longer functionEd as intended. I’m amazed at all the small parts required to make the Curidas work properly.

 

Compare that to the Pilot VP which is a nib unit and two-piece barrel. A child can take a Pilot VP apart and reassemble. Whereas the Curidas is a concatenation of small plastic parts required to work in concert for an aesthetically bland plastic fountain pen. No thanks.

 

My opinion is of course tainted with their surprise price increase before the pen was even released. If you’re going to raise the prices then it better be an impressive product.

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My opinion is of course tainted with their surprise price increase before the pen was even released. If you’re going to raise the prices then it better be an impressive product.

 

 

To be fair, I don't think Platinum increased its price for the product — not in Japan, and not in North America — after the manufacturer and/or regional distributor announced it. It simply instructed retailers not to put a 'customary' 20% discount on the MSRP on its new products, and I believe I noticed the same absence of (pre-order?) discount on the #3776 Century Shiun as well, across numerous US-based retailers.

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To be fair, I don't think Platinum increased its price on the product not in Japan, and not in North America after the manufacturer and/or regional distributor announced it. ...

True. It's been a sucky price for the product from the start.

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Any idea where we can get replacement nibs and feeds? My feed cracked and the seller will not replace it. Platinum's US dealer won't help as it was an import.

 

No one will even sell me a new one!

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Any idea where we can get replacement nibs and feeds? My feed cracked and the seller will not replace it.

 

You could try contacting Platinum in Japan directly. Maybe the company's head office will be interested to know how the brand's official stateside (or North American) [/distributor/] (as opposed to an individual dealer) isn't helpful to customers with its customer service policy and/or manner. Even if you didn't buy through an authorised distributor in the US, perhaps Platinum in Japan will still agree to service its product as long as you pay for international shipping both ways.

I endeavour to be frank and truthful in what I write, show or otherwise present, when I relate my first-hand experiences that are not independently verifiable; and link to third-party content where I can, when I make a claim or refute a statement of fact in a thread. If there is something you can verify for yourself, I entreat you to do so, and judge for yourself what is right, correct for valid. I may be wrong, and my position or say-so is no more authoritative and carries no more weight than anyone else's here.

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...Platinum's US dealer won't help as it was an import.

 

They’ll distribute it but they otherwise wash their hands of responsibility. So much for believing in their own products. (Maybe I don’t blame them considering this brand new product seems to have fundamental issues.)

 

And yes, I understand it’s not their responsibility in the legal sense. That does not preclude them from helping out. I’ve heard of other brands such as Pilot, Lamy, Pelikan and Visconti (via Coles of London) who have taken on warranty claims, no questions asked.

 

Instead this post could have been “Wow! Platinum USA really came through for me!” ...

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