|Descr.||Pražské Bankovní Pero|
|Mark 1 lateral L||P.B.P.|
|Mark 3||PRAŽSKÉ BANKOVNÍ PERO|
|Mark 4||Č. 75 ZJ|
The Elkro 75 nib appears to be of Czech origin. I cannot find any information about it. However, I did find photos of a pair of wooden calligraphy nib holders, stamped with the name "ELKRO" and "MADE IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA". This would suggest that Elkro is a Czech manufacturer involved with the production of calligraphy pens and nibs. That would make Elkro the manufacturer of this nib.
This is just an assumption. The nib markings seem to suggest a different story:
- Pražské Bankovní Pero translates to Prague Bank Pen. Although many manufacturers produced a nib called a "bank pen," the shape of this nib is nothing at all like other bank pens, which are consistently short, straight-sided and rigid (well-suited to maintaining bank ledgers). However this nib is shaped like a traditional spoon nib. More precisely, it is shaped like a pinched-spoon nib, especially with the side cuts coming in towards the center vent hole. This suggests that Prague Bank Pen is more like a manufacturer's name, rather than a descriptor.
- The „ELKRO” marking is notably shown inside quotation marks--which is quite rare for a manufacturer's name. However, it would not be surprising to find that a manufacturer would use quotation marks if Elkro was simply the nib's name--similar to the way Esterbrook named its famous 442 nib the Jackson Stub.
Other markings are more straightforward:
- P.B.P. - is almost certainly the initials of Prague Bank Pen, regardless of whether that's the manufacturer or pen name.
- Č. 75 ZJ - Č is the abbreviation for Number, meaning that this is nib No. 75. I have guessed that ZJ are the Czech initials for the nib point, similar to EF for Extra Fine.
There are no additional versions of the Elkro #75 Prague Bank Pen in the Chappy's Nibs collection, as pictured below (gray-finish).
Click any image for a full-resolution photo: 2200 x 640. The image with the ruler is 2300 x 1196.