Platinum #3776 Kumpoo

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#1

I just acquired the Platinum #3776 Century Kumpoo. Visually it’s a beautiful pen with a translucent green color and a wavy texture on the cap a body. The nib I got is a 14K Fine. The pen writes very well right out of the box and is pleasant to use. The ink I am using is Krishna Sea & Storm and flows very well - not wet and starts up right away. You can see the pen at http://www.platinum-pen.co.jp/e_fountainpen_century_kumpoo.html


#2

Congrats! :tada:
How is the hand feel of the barrel?
I like the look of the pen, but I liked the looks of the Nice Lavander also, but I didn’t like texture of the barrel.

Also, I just noticed that they put up a ink recipe to match the pen with their mixable inks:
century_kumpoo_10


#3

Besides the color, the other thing I liked about the pen was the texture. It’s very unique and feels quite different from other pens. And, I have enough ink so I won’t have to mix their formula.


#4

The thing that draws me to that pen is that they offer the soft medium which they don’t offer that often. Now I just need to find the money for it!


#5

I got the fine nib. Soft nibs and flex nibs don’t work for me. If I want line variation I have to use either oblique, italic, or stub.


#6

Now I really have to see one in person! :slight_smile:
@ujh I also want one with an SM nib, I hope their all still some left. :slight_smile:


#7

Does the barrel feel different to the standard 3776? I only know the Chartres blue and agree with @danielb on the feel of the pen barrel. Great writer, wonderful nib, but not nice plastic.


#8

I have a couple of #3776s to compare to the Kumpoo. Because of the Kumpoo’s texture, feeling the body or cap is not a good comparison, however, if you feel the cap’s derby and the derbies on the others they all feel the same. Why isn’t the plastic nice?


#9

It’s difficult to describe what is less pleasing about the feel of the plastic. I think it’s because the surface is so highly polished and it’s less easier to grip. That reminds me a bit of the Faber-Castell Loom’s polished metal pen barrel.


#10

Yes the standard #3776 body feels a bit cheap. I heard somewhere that in a Platinum pen most of the money goes into the nib, so the body is made cheaply, or of cheaper stuff then.
Maybe it’s because its lighter, but compared to a Sailor it feels a bit flimsy.


#11

How do the special edition 3776 differ? @tedspens said the plastic is the same. Are they primarily charging ~30% more for the limited availability, i.e. “manufactured scarcity“?

I understand they might need to charge a little more for a special colour because it’s a smaller number to manufacture, but they are still producing a relatively large number.


#12

They’re supposed to make 2500 total. My pen is number 2281 so I would assume they have already produce the total run for the year. For all its drawbacks it is a nice pen to use.


#13

I got my Kumpoo with the SM nib earlier this week. When I first put some pressure on the nib there was a very audible creak, like a squeaky hinge. It kept doing it until it got some ink in there which I assume was lubricating the area where the nib and plastic collar met.

I’m just glad it stopped. I would have had to get rid of it if it did that all the time.