|Descr.||Comic Nº 5 School Pen|
|Mark 1||NIKKO PEN K.K.|
|Mark 2||〄 NIKKO|
|Mark 3||MADE IN JAPAN|
|Mark 4 lateral R||Nº 5|
The Nikko Comic Nº 5 School Nib is manufactured in Japan. The 〄 mark on the nib is not a Nikko-brand logo; instead it is the 1949-2008 symbol for Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS). I find nothing to indicate that there were JIS standards for pen nibs; instead it seems more likely that the manufacturers were using JIS-certified steel. Other contemporary pen makers (Zebra and Tachikawa) have also used the 〄 mark on their nibs.
The Comic Nº 5 School nib is still produced today (see Amazon US and Amazon IN), although current nibs do not display the JIS marking. The nib is described in modern advertising as "high-quality, chrome-plated Japanese nib that's recommended for beginners. School type, small flex, fine tip is perfect for drawing as well as lettering." Jet Pens highlights the Nº 5's characteristic Comic nib writing style: "Comic nibs are known for producing strong and crisp lines that are difficult to duplicate with pens and brushes. They are great for creating detail in drawings."
The Blam Nib site and Cult Pens explain that Nikko is a subsidiary of Tachikawa. "Tachikawa is a respected Japanese manufacturer of dip pen nibs and other drawing pen supplies. Founded in 1935, Tachikawa and their sub-brand Nikko have become one of the most well-known makers of dip pen nibs. They are especially renowned for the quality of their flexible 'G' nibs." The Tachikawa website (in Japanese) says that they are "one of only two manufacturers in Japan that manufactures Tachikawa and Nikko brand round pens, G pens, and dip pens." This can be a bit confusing, because the Tachikawa branded nibs are very different from Nikko branded nibs (see PaperInkArtsBlog and Nijomu Pen and Ink for their G nib comparisons). But think General Motors and Chevrolet. One company, two brands, your mileage may vary.
There are no additional versions of the Nikko Comic #5 School Pen in the Chappy's Nibs collection, as pictured below (chrome-finish).
Click any image for a full-resolution photo: 1925 x 560. The image with the ruler is 2300 x 1196.