Founded in Japan in 1919 by Shunichi Nakata, Platinum Pens continues to be respected for their extremely fine nibs and maki-e art pens. They manufacture low cost pens of extremely high quality through to high-end pens sure to please the collector. Platinum fountain pens are designed not to dry out when they are left capped for long periods of time. They use a proprietary cartridge, but can also take a converter to allow the use of bottled ink.