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Pilot Deskpen DPN-70 - Has Pilot Stopped Making Them?



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I bought a DPN-70 about a year ago. It is a great pen if you like smooth and fine writers. I use this as a sketch pen and love it. I use it with a Con-40 converter.  I want to buy another one but everywhere I look they are “unavailable”. Bought this first one from Jetpens. No longer available there. None available via Amazon. Pensachi apparently doesn’t carry them. I do not like to use eBay and don’t want to pay rare pen prices. 

 

I am curious if anyone here knows whether Pilot has decided to discontinue this pen. 

 

I also have a Platinum Deskpen which is good but I like the Pilot better because it is smoother. 

 

Thanks for any insight. 

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Thanks for the tip Amanda! That was sweet. I just ordered one in black bc my first was red. So pleased to have found a source for these pens. 

 

Shipping was a killer though. 

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Well,  my question has been answered I think. Jetpens, a USA vendor, replied to my inquiry to them about the availability of this pen by telling me it has been discontinued by the manufacturer. I’m glad I have one on the way from Australia even though it cost me quite a bit for the shipping. 

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The eBay ones seem fairly reliable as they're from Hong Kong rather than mainland China. About $15USD plus free shipping for one. Or $23 USD for a pair and free shipping.

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Thanks for the tip Bounce. I don’t use eBay generally but if I hadn’t already ordered one from around the globe from me I’d consider it. 

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15 hours ago, Bounce792 said:

The eBay ones seem fairly reliable as they're from Hong Kong rather than mainland China. About $15USD plus free shipping for one. Or $23 USD for a pair and free shipping.

Bounce - 

I missed the import of your post on my first pass. Are you stating that these pens were manufactured in Hong Kong, and, mainland China, pursuant to Pilot’s quality standards as your post implies?

 

If that is so, do you know the names of the manufacturers? I would like to research and see if those continue to make desk pens which may be similar but don’t bear the imprimatur of a Pilot pen. 

 

Thanks for any further information. 

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Kind words do not cost much, yet they accomplish much - Pascal

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I meant more that these are likely NOS in Hong Kong. After all, Pilot is a much bigger brand in Asia than in Europe and America. There are many Pilot products I can only get in Asia which are unavailable in the US. So, I was saying that if it is Hong Kong, it is likely to be authentic Japan-made Pilot products which are just sitting in a warehouse because there's very little demand for them. Many Asian retailers use eBay as a way of clearing stock and reaching a global rather than regional market. 

Deskpens are a very European/American thing. Asians don't have a place for them in their culture or general habits. It's like brush pens for European/American writers.

To my knowledge, Pilot has never manufactured pens in China or Hong Kong. They've only done it in South Korea and India in the past. Currently, AFAIK, only Japan, somewhere in Europe, and the US are their manufacturing bases.

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Thanks for clarifying Bounce. 

I had no idea that Pilot manufactured pens in the USA. Fountain pens too?

Interesting. 

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Kind words do not cost much, yet they accomplish much - Pascal

You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream - C.S. Lewis

 Favorite shop:https://www.fountainpenhospital.com

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20 hours ago, Maurizio said:

Thanks for clarifying Bounce. 

I had no idea that Pilot manufactured pens in the USA. Fountain pens too?

Interesting. 

That's the only way to keep up with demand for things like the G2 and their mechanical pencils - wouldn't be cost effective (without being a Pilot accountant) in my opinion to have to ship thousands of pens and pencils over to the US every few months.

 

As far as fountain pens go, I do not know. Those may still be limited to the Japanese factory so that they can claim the "Made in Japan" is true. 

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