1960s Platinum "Sheep" Leather Fountain Pen
Three companies dominate Japanese fountain pen making, all established in the 1910's and 1920’s, and all motivated by their common desire to develop a superior Japanese counterpart to their Western competitors such as Waterman and Parker. Ironically, the latter companies have lost their once top dog positions in the 'fountain pen world', while Sailor, Pilot and Platinum today represent the Holy Trinity of excellence in writing utensils. The main and defining reason for this accolade is the fact that all three companies supervise their production from beginning to end within their very own factories. No subcontracting ensures total quality control, and private ownership protects their original vision and enthusiasm for pen making.
On offer here is a classic example of 1960s pen design exhibiting much of the typical modern silhouette adopted by pen makers in the age of post war modernism. More precisely Platinum launched this range as Platinum Sheep in 1967, and the range still commercialised today, was produced in many different colours and other types of leather throughout the 1970s. It possessed the executive office elegance of the salary man with a whiff of cheapness. If indeed you enjoy a bit of executive-kitsch (but not withstanding excellent nib performance) this is a really great choice, which we feel has actually come full circle as far as trend is concerned - lots of gold, some ugly colours, and who doesn't like a bit of leather on a pen?
Red is our recommended colour for maximum 70s effect. Choose black for a 60s vibe, and Blue for 1980s spirit. We are offering Medium nibs for this range as we have found this to be the size with the best balance and ink flow.
Body material: Aluminium Body with sheep skin leather
Nib size: Medium
Nib material: 14k gold
Cap type: Click cap mechanism
Cartridge type: Takes Platinum cartridges which can be found here and is sold with a refillable converter cartridge in the barrel for use with bottled ink.
Dimensions: 13.6cm capped
Included: presentation box
Made in Japan
Image Credit: Original Catalogue listing for Platinum Amazonas in 1973