Japanese Pocket Pens

Japanese Pocket Pens

by Richard Binder
Japanese Pocket Pens

Japanese Pocket Pens

by Richard Binder



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In the early 1960s, the space race and Hideo Shima's radical new bullet train (above), perhaps leavened by the futuristic American automotive stylings of Harley Earl, spawned great changes in the Japanese aesthetic, and a new type of fountain pen burst onto the market. Called "pocket pens," these pens appeared in myriad trim variations under dozens of manufacturers' names. Their unifying characteristic was an extraordinarily long gripping section mated with a very stubby barrel, a design concept explored before and since by a number of Western manufacturers.

This book, the world's first publication devoted to Japanese pocket pens, touches first on the "Big Three," Sailor, Platinum, and Pilot, in that order, following them with the "rest of the pack," ordered alphabetically. After the brand-specific chapters, the discussion turns to various features that were, in general, common to many brands (e.g., pens decorated with botanical or similar designs). Appendixes contain several types of information to assist the reader in identifying pocket pens.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161060605
Publisher: Richard Binder
Publication date: 02/28/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 16 MB
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About the Author

Richard Binder is a well known authority on the repair, restoration, and history of fountain pens. His intense interest in the pens themselves and in the innovative tehnology that has gone into them over the past century and a half has led him to share his knowledge in the form of an increasing number of books and a website. He is noted for thorough coverage of his topic and an accessible, easy-to-read style. He is also an amateur historian of World War II and has published a book about the war. When not indulging in his hobbies or writing about them, he shares a passion for cooking with his wife Barbara. The couple live in an 1846 New England house that they share with their two Abyssinian cats.
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