Saying Goodbye: Two Platinum Fountain Pens

Platinum #3776 Century Bourgnone

I sold off another couple of fountain pens this past week. Both were Platinum 3776 Century pens. One with an extra fine nib, the other with a fine nib. Being Japanese nibs, they were on the thin side of fine and extra fine. I should love them. I haven’t used either pen in the five or so years that I’ve been keeping track.

This isn’t the first time I considered selling the pens, but it’s the only time the potential of those nibs didn’t make me keep them.

I’m not a fan of translucent colored pens or gold trim. So, I kept passing over these pens when considering what to ink up next. Yes I know, the Pilot Custom 823 has both these traits and I love it. In my defense, should the 823 become available with a clear (or solid) barrel and with silver trim, I would replace mine without a second thought.

For a while, I used the low resale price to justify keeping these pens. Since they sell for considerably less in Japan (or on eBay and Amazon) than in the US (nearly 1/2 the price), the resale price would be substantially less than what I paid. But with my current mindset of a pen needing to earn its place in my accumulation I couldn’t keep a pen that never got used. I inked them up for testing. While they wrote perfectly, neither made me want to keep it inked up in place of one of my currently inked pens. So they both went up for sale and have since moved on to more appreciative homes.

6 thoughts on “Saying Goodbye: Two Platinum Fountain Pens

    • Added to that is I came across another one a couple days ago. Clear with silver trim “Shoji” I think. Fine gold nib. I should like the pen but I forgot all about it and haven’t missed it.

  1. I have 2 “3776” pens, both are opaque; blue and red. Love them! Prefer opaque over the solid pens. My nibs are F and EF, which is almost too fine for me unless I use it on good paper like Rhodia. What price did you get for them? I’m curious because I have OCD and somehow have collected 100 pens through the years. 🙄😖😁. I need to dispose of ones I never bother to use.

    • They sold for their asking price – $65 plus shipping. Probably a lower than I could have gotten but I sold them through this site where I tend to price a little lower, since the fees are minimal and historically the transactions have been pleasant. Platinums were a little tough to price (at least for me) since there are many listed as new on Amazon and eBay for considerably less than they’re sold for at authorized US retailers. I went low because I hadn’t used the pens in years and wanted quick sales.

      For pricing I typically start at 70% of what I paid and adjust from there. I Check prices on eBay (for sales actually completed) to see if there’s enough sales to indicate a market price. In my latest round of sales the vast majority sold on this site. I sold a few on the Pen Addict slack channel. Only one pen made it to eBay

      • Many thank yous. One day I need to just sit down and git’er done before I get further advanced in age.

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