The Platinum Pen Company has been around for a very long time, established in 1919 as Nakaya Seisakusho, the company changed it's name to Platinum Pen Company in 1924. In 1978, the company introduced the model 3776 fountain pen. The "3776" model is named after the height of Mount Fuji, which is 3776 meters tall.
I had the pleasure of using a 3776 with a music nib in January, thanks to my friend and fellow blogger, Bleubug, who brought one with him when we had our mini meetup. Of course, he had a lovely Koi Celluloid. But after trying it, I knew that I wanted one. So I purchased the base model, black (I seem to have a lot of black pens).
So what is a music nib?
From The Southern Scribe: Pen Jargon: Music Nib - a special nib made for writing music notation. It is quite flexible and has two nib slits.
From the Nakaya website: The music nib has two slits. The feed also has two slits (this feed design comes only with the music nib). This design enables you to write fine horizontal lines and broad vertical lines. Since this nib is perfectly suited for music notation, it is called a "music" nib.
I found it interesting that Nakaya and Platinum share a close relationship. The Platinum Pen Company was originally named Nakaya and the current Nakaya Fountain Pen Co is directed by the grandson of the founder of Platinum. To read more about this relationship please see this post by Russ Stutler.
The similarity of the Nakaya and Platinum nibs is rather remarkable don't you think? (The photo on the left is a stock photo from the Nakaya website.)
As usual the paper is Rhodia, in this case Bloc Rhodia No 16 Graph.