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Birdie

Maker: Pilot.

One of Pilot’s offerings for the apparently large market Japan and nearby points in Asia for low-cost fountain pens,  the Birdie is a very small pen.  I would suggest that the name implies it is meant for women, except for the fact that some extremely muscular cars in Japan have enjoyed names like Fairlady.   It is an eminently portable little item, and I think I may say that the example I have is definitely aimed at a rather young and female audience, having a cap festooned with trinkets which appear to serve only to further the mania for かわいい which doesn’t seem likely to relinquish its grip on Japan any time soon (I believe that these trinkets are what extends the name of this particular example to “birdiepet”).

The point has the sort of cheap-yet-smooth nature that one is lead to believe is standard for the lowest of the low-end pens in Japan.  It’s not much wider than the Waterman 52½V, but is enough longer that even non-schoolgirls have a chance at using it… if they can stand to be seen with it.

Production Run: Uncertain and recently discontinued, even in less feminine variants.

Cost When New: If a number in a cartouche printed on the barrel of mine is to be believed, ¥800 ($8.00 to $10.00)

Size: 12.4 cm long capped, 15.0 cm posted, 11.5 cm uncapped.

Point: Steel.

Body: Plastic, in this case with an aluminum overlay.

Filler: Cartridge, capacity approx. 0.8 ml.  Came with a converter which also fits the 78G, 0.7 ml capacity.

Pilot Birdie - I suppose this is technically a ring-top version.

 

 

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