ABOUTBody material: Celluloid
Trim: Gold plated
Cap: Screw on
Posts: Yes, friction
Nib material: 14kt yellow gold
Filling system: Platinum proprietary cartridge/converter
Length (capped): 136.9 mm/5.39″
Length (uncapped): 118.1 mm/4.65″
Length (posted): 150.0 mm/5.90″
Diameter (barrel): 9.5 – 11.8 mm/0.37″ – 0.46″
Diameter (section): 9.8 – 10.7 mm/0.38″ – 0.42″
Weight (all): 24 g
Weight (cap): 10 g
Weight (body): 14 g
Price: $360.00 USD
Where to buy: Anderson Pens
PACKAGINGThe #3776 was packaged in a simple box. The outer sleeve is white with the Platinum logo on it. The hard blue clam shell case slides out, and it has no markings on it. It's on the flatter side, so it looks and feels less bulky than other clam shell cases. Just a clamshell, nothing thrilling.
APPEARANCEAnderson Pen's page on the Koi says,
Celluloid is a traditional material for pen making, one that offers unparalleled depth, feel, and color. Celluloid is a very difficult material to use, requiring an exacting process to create, followed by an extended curing process to ensure the stability of the material. The Platinum celluloid is prepared to exacting specifications and carefully cured to ensure a perfect material for the pens.
The Koi is on the smaller side, with a smooth, round cap and barrel, tapering slightly towards the rounded off back end. The top of the cap is also rounded, and the finial is a solid, rounded dome of "koi" celluloid. There is a thin gold band around the top of the cap, and the clip is attached through a very snug, clean cut out through the cap. The center band on this pen is slightly different to that on the resin pens - it is one wide, raised gold band, engraved with "Platinum, Japan, #3776". The section is small, smooth, and round, framed by two thin gold bands. It is straight towards the nib and ends in a small gold banded lip.
The cap, section, and barrel are made of a flecked celluloid in colors that most certainly evoke the image of koi! There are vibrant reds, pinks, creamy, chatoyant whites and pearls, all mixed up. It is mostly solid, but a few parts are semi-translucent enough to see inside. The celluloid is a lovely material, but since this is not turned from a solid rod, the seam of the mould is visible as a straight line down the pen. Regardless of that seam, this Celluloid Koi is a beautiful, intense, vibrant pen with captivating colors.
NIB & PERFORMANCEThe broad nib is a 14kt yellow gold nib. It has a single slit and a heart shaped breather hole. It is engraved with: #3776, Platinum's 'P', 14K, 585, and the nib size (B). The nib looks more like a medium to me, but of course, it is a Japanese nib, which tends to run on the finer side. It is not scratchy, but it has some feedback while writing. It was surprisingly wet, with longer drying times. It performed well: no skips or hard starts, kept up with long and fasting writing sessions, passed the free weight test, and overall, was just a solid writer.
IN HANDThe 3776 clips are the same across the board - I like how they look and feel. It's snug and springy and can easily slide on and off papers, pouches, and pockets.
PROS & CONS
OVERALLI already think the #3776 series is a great pen - they are solid, reliable, super comfortable pens that perform well as daily users. The Celluloid Koi is gorgeous, if you want to take the 3776 Century up a notch. The downside is the price - it's high.
I received this pen on loan for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. The pen has since been returned to the company.