Why does the fountain pen ink dry out?
That could be the question of why the fountain pen remains less popular despite a steady demand.
As a fountain pen company, we could not overlook this fact of concern by the customers.
Toshihiro Nakata, Platinum Pen’s second president, had found out that in France students are required to use fountain pens in primary school. This caused him to think for a long time on how can he convert fountain pens from a misunderstood instrument thought of as a difficult tool to more manageable device while making cheaper both within and outside Japan.
Then, he released the “PREPPY” fountain pen series in year 2006, which the inner cap was configured to be spring loaded thereby creating an extremely air tight seal structure. PREPPY series has been widely reported in the media thus quickly gaining popularity. After sharing many of his dreams and successes, Toshihiro Nakata passed away.
Toshiya Nakata, who took over the Company as the third president, then released “PLAISIR,” a metal body fountain pen employing the same function as PREPPY at a more affordable price.
Later, we embarked on a development of a screw-type cap fountain pen instead of a snap-on cap type like PREPPY or PLAISIR. After analyzing the data of writing characteristics from some 40,000 customers across the world, we have renewed all the parts of our fountain pens and produced lines to manufacture a new fountain pen, which was named “CENTURY” in view of the 100th anniversary of the Company in 2019.
Toshiya Nakata left his previous job and joined Platinum Pen when he was 29. On his visits to customers, he talked much about the days in 1960s, which are considered as the prime of fountain pens. Many customers have told him about receiving a fountain pen as a gift after entering their junior high school. However, as it was a special gift, they did not use it on day-to-day basis, so the ink naturally dried up and they lost their enchantment with it.
Toshiya Nakata’s concerns were that the fountain pen over time had become less popular compared to the other writing instruments due to the negative impression that the customers felt just once. At the time, it was a common idea among those of the fountain pen industry that the ink of a fountain pen dries out.
Together with the technical staff, Toshiya Nakata has conducted a development of the “Slip & Seal Mechanism” that prevents the ink from drying out in the pen for a screw-type cap, which was an idea he had for a long time. Thanks to the mechanism, the ink was prevented from drying out due to the evaporation for up to 24 months comparing to the existing models at that time while a big difference in dryness of the ink in the first four months was confirmed. Finally, we were able to release the product in 2011.
After the drying problem has been solved, we received fewer reports of the ink drying out in the pen; instead, we succeeded in offering a smooth feeling with fresh ink. Toshiya Nakata has drawn positive comments from a president of a dealer while receiving many questions if we have changed the ink, too. We continued to use the same ink, in other words, the ink stayed as fresh as it could be.
Owing to the “Slip & Seal Mechanism,” it also became possible to use pigment ink, which was considered to be very difficult to use. This was an innovation for the fountain pen industry.
There are many people who usually use a ballpoint pen but choose a fountain pen for a special occasion. Even in such an infrequent use, the pen stays good and looks after itself. That is our CENTURY fountain pen.
|◆1925||Launched the pure silver, arabesque, fountain pen|
|◆1946||A-type of Fountain pen 'S1' was great hit.|
|◆1947||Platinum fountain pen co, changed its name to ' Platinum Industry Co,'.
Began export of fountain pen.
|◆1952||Got the 1st authorization on export products by GHQ.|
|◆1953||Succeeded in putting an iridium on the pen point of the stainless steel.|
|◆1956||Produced Platinum Fountain Pen Spair Set.|
|◆1963||Employed new 200 staffs.|
first president Shunichi Nakata was elected a member of the
|Constructed the factory in Colombo, Ceylon.|
|◆1964|| Launched ' Poket' series, PK-1000, PKB-2000(18K), Platinum 18
'Flower PSG-2000' PK-1500 (Poket type)
Exported products 431 tiems to 83 countries.
|Launched Soft Pen.|
|◆1965|| Launched Knock Type Fountain Pen.
|◆1966|| Published the book what was written about history of Platinum
fountain Pen Co.,ltd.
Opened the Showroom at Ueno-Hirokoji.
|Sponsored famous TV programs- Johnny's Seven Show,Platinum Golden Show.|
|◆1967|| Launched the new fountain pen with Platinum nib (Body and Cap;Silver
with Rhodium coating), which was the first fountain pen in the world.
| Launched the new fountain pen with sheep leather' Platinum Sheep'
for 5,000 Yen.
|◆1968||Launched the new fountain pens for women with flower pattern 'Poket'.|
| Constructed the second factory next to the Kamata factory.
A founder Shunichi Nakata died at 66 years old.
Made the Commercail Song of Platinum Pen Co.,- My Platinum
( Lyrics/ Music: Atushi Hashimoto, Kouiti Sugiyama)
TV program- Platinum Golden Show-was memorialized 160 times.
Announced the New Trade Mark 'P'.
|◆1969|| Launched the new fountain pen ' Platinum sheep' for 10,000Yen.
The TV commercial of Platinum Pen Co., was televised,famous actors and actresses
(Sayuri Yoshinaga, Souhachi Yamaoka, Hanae Mori etc) were appeared.
Launched the new cartridge ink color 'Royal Blue', the clasical fountain pen
Launched the new fountain pen ' Higo zo-gan' for 8,000 yen,'
PT-3000 (18K,7 colors) for 3,000 yen.
| Launched the new fountain pen 'PP-24000( Platinum nib)'
' Poket series' for 2,000 -6,000 yen, 'PK22-3000'.
| Launched the new fountain pen ' Silver 18K' ' PK23-3000 (23K nib)',
the new desk pen for 4,000 yen.
|◆1970|| Finished TV programs.
Launched the new type of fountain pen 'Platinum Capsule' for 5,000 yen '
Platinum Fashion Pen' for 3,000 yen.
| Constructed the new office at Ueno.
Launched the new fountain pen ' Platinum White' for 2,000 yen
'Platinum Jewel' for 2,000 yen,' Platinum Black' for 1,00yen.
Launched the grained fountain pen ' Platinum Cherry' for 3,000 yen.
Launched the new fountain pen ' Amazonas ( Papi papi)' for 8,000 yen,
'PKT-3000' ' Sheep series'.）
The TV program-Platinum Golden Show re-started.
| Launched the new fountain pen ' PPD-12000' ' Sheep-Japanese
traditional craft-Yuzen series' for 7,000 yen ' Platinum Angle' for 1,500 yen.
Launched the new fountain pen ' PJ-10000- Japnaese traditional
craft-Tsuishu' for 10,000 yen 'PSL-5000'.）
Launched the new fountain pen ' PGS-25000' ' PGS-15000' ' PJ-6000'
' PSB-6000'' PSR-25000A(18KWG)''PAR-5000'.
|◆1976|| Launched the new fountain pen 'Riviere PGR-184000(18K)'
Started the Giants(Japanese Base ball team) campaign.
|◆1977|| Launched the new fountain pen ' PSN-15000( Crocodile)' ' PSN-10000A (Lizard)'
Launched the new fountain pen with a chain' PKW-5000' ' PSJ-16000(18KWG)'' .
Launched the new mechanical pencil 0.9mm for writing shorthand
' Press Man' for 200 yen.
|◆1978||Launched the initial multi function ' W Action' for 500 yen.|
|◆1979||Launched the ideal fountain pen '3776 series' for 10,000 yen.|
Began import of writing instruments 'Elise' from Germany.
Launched the new fountain pen (9 items) for 3,000-6,000 yen,
the new ball point pen (9 items) for 6,000-20,000 yen.
Launched the new ball point pen ' Melody harmony' for 3.980,
the new mechanical pencil ' W knock' for 300 yen' MP-200' for 200 yen.
Made the contract with PLAY BOY Enterprize company.
| Launched the new fountain pen ' Berage' for 3,000 yen.
'PMB-5000' won the Good Design Award.
|◆1981|| Launched the new fountain pen ' PFB-5000'' PFB-7000'.
Launched the new fountain pen with a watch 'Writing Watch' for 5,600 yen.