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    Default Re: Dont laugh: Platignums.

    Reminds me of the Sheaffer school pens, also from the 60's.
    But instead of a hooded nib, this guy has a small conical (steel) nib.



    ** Not trying to derail or hijack the Platignum theme of this thread, the photo is just for comparison's sake
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    Default Re: Dont laugh: Platignums.

    Yeah cool 👍🏻 Looks like its from a similar time great how they still turn up occasionally like this..

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    Default Re: Dont laugh: Platignums.

    I grew up using Platignum pens. They still have a special happy place in my heart.

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    Default Re: Dont laugh: Platignums.

    There is nothing wrong with Platignums. I have a couple and even a couple of spare Platignum 14ct gold nibs.
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    Default Re: Dont laugh: Platignums.

    Of course many Platignums are awful. I had some that applied more ink to my fingers than to the page. Perhaps the best thing about those ones is that they broke quite quickly. But as Rob shows there are others that are good pens. I have a 50s/60s lever filler with a gold nib that's a good pen and comes around in my rotation. Never fails.

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    Default Re: Dont laugh: Platignums.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    There is nothing wrong with Platignums. I have a couple and even a couple of spare Platignum 14ct gold nibs.
    Theres a person on 'the bay' who seems to have an inexhaustible supply of new packets of Platignum nibs in various configurations.
    And to make something of a mockery of the sellers putting up one nib or a couple, for quite unrealistic prices, this person sells whole boxes of 'new old stock (?) for AU$20 !!! .regularly!
    I must admit, Ive grabbed a few myself, umm.just in case ?!
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    Default Re: Dont laugh: Platignums.

    The 'Regal' nib reminds me of Osmiroids.
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

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    Default Re: Dont laugh: Platignums.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    The 'Regal' nib reminds me of Osmiroids.
    There's a reason. I'll leave it to the OP to explain.

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    Default Re: Dont laugh: Platignums.

    Quote Originally Posted by An old bloke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    The 'Regal' nib reminds me of Osmiroids.
    There's a reason. I'll leave it to the OP to explain.

    I love my Osmiroids.
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

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    Default Re: Dont laugh: Platignums.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    The 'Regal' nib reminds me of Osmiroids.
    Did you mean the italic nib on the one above the Regal ? The Regal's nib , the folded tip steel one is pretty similar to quite a few of the cheapo pens of that era.

    , Im pretty sure the early Osmiroids had a very similar screw in nib unit I may even have had one or two back in the day, but havent now .
    I do have a couple of their later swappable nib and section jobs, and the medium / broad italic nib profile is pretty much identical to the Platignum italics.

    Ps. The Osmiroid..Rolatip 'fine soft and medium soft' screw in nib units were very fine nibs indeed !
    Theres a person on the bay selling these and left oblique and italic brand new .and they seem to have lots !!
    Ive bought a couple ..and love them.
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    Default Re: Dont laugh: Platignums.

    24BD4A2A-2E31-4CD5-A5C5-2D6E9B867509.jpgSo, today.
    Heres a couple of 'new in box' offerings from Platignum's last gasp ; probably around 66/7 ?
    There were a couple of better ones from the same timebut these must have been party favours. 🤣🤣🤣 because even though they look quite smart in the pic, they are actually, pretty cr*p. Theyre very thin and badly moulded/machined? Plastic, and feel flimsy in the hand.
    Im guessing they were built down to a low low price , maybe for a childs birthday from a granny ?
    I think Idve been insulted even as a child if Id been presented with these !!

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    Default Re: Dont laugh: Platignums.

    Awwwbut.matching pencil! ❤️
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

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    Default Re: Dont laugh: Platignums.

    I can remember winning a lot of these at school - Platignum were huge sponsors of things like poetry, prose and handwriting competitions - the higher the prize, the better the pen. I probably have one or two lurking at the back of a drawer somewhere. They were superseded by Parker 25s in the mid 70s - and of course these appealed far more to the boys as well.

    I didn't like either, remaining loyal to my P51 and Pelikan 120 that I'd used pretty much since I started to write.

    I did like my Osmiroids though (the screw in versions, not the quick change units) - and still use a 75 with a copperplate nib regularly. I like the fact they are completely interchangeable with my Esterbrooks, and always keep a stash of assorted nibs just for fun.
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    Default Re: Dont laugh: Platignums.

    Robalone, were the school Platignums only cartridge pens? How do you fill it? "Inject" ink into an old cartridge? Incidentally, the Platignum cartridge, like the Parker cartridge, looks larger than what is typical today.

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    Default Re: Dont laugh: Platignums.

    There were lever-fill Platignums in my schooldays. The ones I had then were without exception bad. I frequently broke or lost pens so my parents got tired of buying better ones.

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    Default Re: Dont laugh: Platignums.

    Ok, at this point, two asides:

    1. Every time the title to this thread pops up with a new post, I start laughing. I can't help it.
    2. I am aware of the "aluminum" vs "aluminium" spellings. Is "platignum" an alternative to "platinum", or is it just a company name?
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    Default Re: Dont laugh: Platignums.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Ok, at this point, two asides:

    1. Every time the title to this thread pops up with a new post, I start laughing. I can't help it.
    2. I am aware of the "aluminum" vs "aluminium" spellings. Is "platignum" an alternative to "platinum", or is it just a company name?
    To the best of my knowledge as a user, 'Platignum' is only the company name as, I believe is 'Onoto'. Neither word appears in the OED.

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    Default Re: Dont laugh: Platignums.

    Quote Originally Posted by welch View Post
    Robalone, were the school Platignums only cartridge pens? How do you fill it? "Inject" ink into an old cartridge? Incidentally, the Platignum cartridge, like the Parker cartridge, looks larger than what is typical today.
    Hi. Apart from the very earliest 'Platignums' ( which I have a post about coming up !). The late sixties models had , to my knowledge, four different filling systems.
    The first post I did shows the cartridge filler. These were a bespoke , I think, plastic cartridge, which because we thought resources were infinite and life was good, were designed to be thrown away and replaced when empty.

    The next three iterations were a push button ,internal aerometric arrangement, the more familiar and very common press bar aerometric one.
    And as in the Regal , a standard lever filler.

    I believe the Platignum cartridge was bespoke at the time , as its often referred to as 'the Platignum cartridge' (?), but I think its about the same size as the long international cartridge, ( as opposed to the more common 'short international' one.

    The history of the cartridge is quite an interesting subject , and worth a bit of research. I have examples of pretty much all of them from the very first glass job made by Eagle, through the Waterman glass ones and on to the plastic ones , started I think by Waterman with the CF model.
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