Platinum Kanazawa-Haku goldfish.

A visit to Aesthetic Bay yielded a lot of ink, and goldfish. The Platinum Kanazawa-Haku line features five new designs, each one a classic Japanese theme from nature.

Kanazawa-haku is a gold leaf technique, and here variations of it are applied on a slim Platinum body.

Platinum Kanazawa goldfish

Platinum Kanazawa goldfish

A thin coat of clear lacquer protects the applied design.

Goldfish in vermilion

Goldfish in vermilion

The goldfish are iridescent, shading gold and red and orange when they catch the light.

Another goldfish

Another goldfish

The Kanazawa-haku pens only come with fine and medium nibs. I chose the fine. This style of Platinum nib, which is found in their entry-level maki-e pens, is softer than the nib on the 3776, and closer in feel to the nibs of the 1970s Japanese pocket pens.

Platinum 18k nib in fine

Platinum 18k nib in fine

The converter has what looks like a golden hanko on it. I have no idea what it says. This converter is a special edition, only available with this line.

Special-issue converter

Special-issue converter

The fine nib writes with a little give. I chose Rohrer & Klinger Morinda to go with the goldfish. As usual, perfect out of the box. No skipping, no catching on paper, just a smooth writing experience.

Writing/doodle sample

Writing/doodle sample

The slim Platinum falls in between a Waterman 12 and a Pelikan M101N in girth.

In good company

In good company

Visit Ink Nouveau for beautiful shots of this pen, and the others in the Kanazawa-Haku line, including The Moon and a Rabbit, and Changing Autumn Leaves.

  • http://inkophile.com Inkophile

    Love the pinky, red, orange thing this pen has going for it. Your first photo really shows it off beautifully.

  • http://www.stevelightart.com Steve Light

    That Waterman 12 is gorgeous!!

  • Matt

    Sends out mind control beams, “send all your vintage flex to Matt, send all your vintage flex to Matt.” That is a very cute platinum pen. I am comfortable enough to admit that. Okay, so is the Pelikan. Do Platinums write similarly to Nakaya’s?

    Revises mind control beams to include cute pens as well.

  • http://leighreyes.com Leigh Reyes

    Margana – it’s very pretty and hard to photograph properly!
    Steve – Isn’t it? The nib is on the toothy side but very flexible.
    Matt – Platinum F, M, B and music are the same. :)

  • http://leighreyes.com Leigh Reyes

    Also, Matt: (((((((((anti mind control field on)))))))))

  • Gentian

    I keep looking at the goldfish design online :D It’s so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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  • kp

    From the first moment I saw this pen on the Goulet web site, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Thank you so much for the lovely photos. It truly is a beautiful pen. I may not be able to resist this one much longer.

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