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Comparative Overview: Sailor 1911 Large & Platinum Century #3776

Here comes another installment of the “Comparative Overview-Series” that already has quite a few episodes.

In this episode, we look at a pair of pens that I thought would be an interesting one to compare head to head. If spotted on Instagram – in a similar color scheme – by a more novice fountain pen aficionado, I can imagine that they may look almost interchangeably.

Indeed, both of these makes of legendary Japanese pen manufacturers Sailor and Platinum come in a classic cigar shape – not too far off from what may be reminiscent of a Montblanc pen. Nevertheless, they both have their own inherent qualities and uniquely Japanese attributes. And besides the common cigar shape, there are quite a few things that set them apart. Check the video below for all the commonalities and differences.

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Before we hop into the review, I would like to take the opportunity to thank both La Couronne du Comte in the Netherlands and Nomadostore in Belgium for supporting this video overview.

But now, check out the video-overview below, which is as always preceded by some quick facts. Again, I hope the review is helpful and that you enjoy watching it!

Quick Facts

Sailor 1911 LargePlatinum Century #3776
Available in a number of sizes and finishesAvailable in a number of sizes and finishes
Resin barrelResin barrel
Nickel-Chromium/Rhodium plated accents and trimsGold plated accents and trims
Cartridge/converter filler (Sailor proprietary)Cartridge/converter filler (Platinum proprietary)
21k gold nib, rhodium plated14k gold nib
Available nib options: Extra Fine (EF), Fine (F), Medium (M) and Broad (B) + a number of speciality nibs (e.g. Zoom, Music, Naginata-Togi, …)Available nib options: Fine (F), Medium (M) and Broad (B) + a number of special nib options such as Music nibs or the SF-(soft fine) reviewed here
Price: ca. 290 €Price: ca. 180 €

Video Review

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5 Comments

  1. Thomas Thomas

    I recently saw that the 3776 also had optional rhodium trim and some nib sizes that were not listed on the chart.

  2. Andrea Kirkby Andrea Kirkby

    That’s a nice comparison. I’m a big fan of the 3776 – I have a mini-collection now, but it doesn’t yet include the Laurel Green. I’m going to have to do something about that!

    One thing I hadn’t realised is how reasonable Platinum’s prices are compared to Sailor’s. However I’ve noticed they are pushing up the prices of limited editions quite a bit recently.

    • Scrively Scrively

      Thanks for your comment!
      Yeah, Platinum pens are very often recommended as entry level gold nib pens. So reasonably priced, and such very good quality.

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