Average Customer Review
(42 customer reviews)
5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Platinum Preppy is...
, February 2, 2011
The Platinum Preppy is one of the first few fountain pens I've owned/used, and
as cheap as it is... this is a great pen. I give it good marks for having a very
buttery writing experience, as well as good flow even after you ignore it for a
few days. The Blue-Black is somewhat light but I still like the slight
variations in the shade of blue. If I have anything that I would improve in this
pen... well I love fine lines so an extra-fine nib would be ideal, because for
me the fine nib seems fairly thick almost like a .5-.7mm ballpoint/gel pen line.
Also, probably attributed to low cost and being clear, the plastic in the cap
and barrel is pretty fragile. The second time I used my pen, I slightly twisted
the cap as I removed it. This cracked the barrel about 3 places, easily remedied
with some clear tape... even If I got a defective barrel, I think a matte
finished black body on these pens would not only help aesthetics but probably
allow more durable plastics to be used. If I return to the Platinum brand on my
next order, I might give their Plaisir line a go... they seem like a more robust
version of these little beauties.
P.S. the coloring on my nib started coming off almost immediately, now I have a
half blue, half silver colored nib... this did NOT effect performance.
3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful
I have several Preppy...
, November 28, 2011
I have several Preppy pens, and give them out regularly to friends and siblings.
They are a really good pen for the price. I have had several for almost a year
now and have only ever had one crack. The crack is in the cap and it only
happened because I dropped my seven pound laptop on the pen. This isn't a pen
that can take a lot of abuse, but at this price that's not really expected. They
are well worth the price.
3 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great pen for a great...
, September 6, 2011
Great pen for a great price. I really like the blue black ink color and it flows
very smoothly. The fine point is a nice true fine point
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
The pens writes fine...
, January 26, 2012
The pens writes fine for the price...But the ink color is terrible. It's so
light and weak, I can't stand writing with it. It looks like it's been run under
water and watered down. Not my idea of high quality at all. Maybe I'll order
another color ink to see if it's any better. Black maybe?
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
At this price, it's a...
, December 15, 2011
At this price, it's a steal; I have one of these and it works great. I just
wish it was a little heavier.
It is a good pen and...
, June 13, 2013
It is a good pen and writes well. I thing the ink color could be more blue or
more black, its is to washed out. A great pen to get started with or bring to
class. I makes a nice wet line as it writes.
, May 15, 2013
PLEASE--someone tell me how to get this lovely but ineffective pen to work.
Cartridge is in properly. Tight fit. Pen is a no-go from the very start. What am
I saying? It has not started yet. Pretty presentation but only good if I am
going to lead an orchestra and need a baton, or what to poke someone in the
chest...which I don't.
All I want is for this darn pen to write. Anyone, anyone??????
I have initially given...
, May 15, 2013
I have initially given this pen (or, rather, pens, the worst review) because I
have been trying over at least a week to cause this pen to write. I have done
everything, checked the cartridge to make certain it was inserted fully and
properly, have checked the nib, have run warm water over the nib,...you name it,
I have done it. To no avail.
I thoroughly enjoy the colors I selected. And purchased refills while I was at
it. But zippo, nada, bupkus. No writing. Before I return these items, has anyone
had a similar problem and what did you do to remedy the issue??
I really wanted to like...
, February 18, 2013
I really wanted to like this pen, given the previous reviews and the price.
I've had it for a few days now, and tried writing with it many times on several
types of paper. Every time, the nib is scratchy and dry. Even after I finally
get the ink flowing, it often stops before the end of the sentence. When it
does write, it writes well. But given the constant scribbling, I think I'll be
tossing this pen soon.
I love this pen for it's...
, February 14, 2013
I love this pen for it's flowing writing experience. it took a day to "break
in" but then the writing was nice. I was disappointed by the line thickness
though, it wrote like an 0.7 or 0.8 gel pen. This was my first fountain pen
though, so I guess I just wasn't used to the difference between fountain and gel
pens. overall i give preppy thumbs up for it's affordable cost, nice nib, and
smooth writing, but don't be expecting an 03 line!
Not the smoothest fountain...
, December 21, 2012
Not the smoothest fountain pen, but it's smooth enough especially for the price.
You can always throw it away if you don't like it. Had trouble getting the ink
started at first but once it did start it flows very well. The blue-black is a
nice color that doesn't bleed through paper.
Smooth writing, though...
, October 8, 2012
Smooth writing, though the ink may skip at times. Works better than Lamy Vista
F. My only concern is the nib can't be changed. Great pen for the price
High quality pen inexpensive...
, September 25, 2012
High quality pen inexpensive price, I am quite impressed with this pen the ink
flow it good even after not being used for several days being properly stored in
my pen cup. Comfortable in the hand smooth writing qualities on a wide variety
of papers I would recommend this pen to any one from a novice fountain pen user
to a fountain pen junkie like myself, way to go jetpens.com
This is a great pen,...
, September 7, 2012
This is a great pen, especially for the price.
While it's not my favorite pen or perfect or anything, I can't complain much
about it. The weight is great - due to hyperflexibility, my hand tires easily
when writing and even a small amount of metal or enamel can be too heavy for me,
but this one is almost as lightweight as an inexpensive ballpoint, which is very
nice. It was also easy to load the cartridge and the cap fits well - I bought an
extra pen for a brand-new-to-fountain-pens friend, and it looks like a fantastic
starter for her.
I do think the ink description is a little bit off. It's a lot more of a
grey-blue than blue-black. I expected a dark blue, but it's more of a regular
blue, just not a bright cobalt or sapphire or something. It's not a bad color,
but I prefer super-dark blues myself. It's made to look even lighter at times
because the fine nib doesn't lay a lot of ink out, so writing swiftly makes for
Of the two pens I've used, one had trouble getting started. I'm not sure if the
error was on my end or just slowness of the pen itself, but I had to pry at the
nib to try to separate it a bit and also run it under water for about 30 seconds
before any ink would flow (just the water didn't work the first time). On the
other hand, the second pen (the one that was a gift for my friend!) started
writing immediately, as soon as she fit the cartridge in, and after I warned her
of the trouble I'd had!
I found this pen a "mas...
, August 29, 2012
I found this pen a "mas o menos" (more or less) product because its just so
AVERAGE. But for this price you can't really complain... I'm just sad I invested
in two of the replacement inks even though I hate the color of the ink!
> EXTREMELY cheap, refillable fountain pen -- This happens to be my first
because of this
> Stands out in America -- No one uses fountain pens at my school, I feel
special using it. C:
> The nib is BLUE -- It's so pretty and fun to use
> The line is thicker than I expected
> The ink is not at all like the picture, its like a watery blue black -- It
makes me feel depressed because its so gray
I use this pen on papers that I turn in to the classes I really don't care about
just for the fact that its fun to write with but is ugly. I write with my nicer
pens during my higher level classes.
I was surprised at how...
, July 26, 2012
I was surprised at how well this pen performs. At this price, I assumed it would
be just meh. I like the color of the ink. It's not as bright as some of the
other blue pens, so it stands out nicely on my page. The ink bleeds far more on
a crappy steno pad than other inks I've used, but I don't regularly write with a
fountain pen on a cheap steno pad! I just tested the pen on all of the papers
that were on my desk. Oddly enough, it writes the worst on a post-it note. I
never tried a fountain pen on a post it. The other good quality papers were
mixed, but the pen also writes nicely on regular recycled copy paper. This
really surprised me. It also makes me happy because I can mark up copies with
this pen, and the nice blue color will contrast with the black print without
being a disruption. I am extremely impressed by how well it writes on my "Hot
Chocolate" notebooks from Staples. I picked these up on clearance for $1 each.
This was my first time using one of them, and wowzers, there was zero bleed. I
can write on both sides of the page with this pen! I then discovered I can write
on both sides with a LOT of different pens.
I love this pen, and it has a very inky flow that I appreciate after using my
sailor candy pen (ugh). The only reason my new platinum preppy fine nib pen
didn't get the highest review is because it's not a fine point pen. It has a
thicker line than the medium point pens that my office keeps in stock! I prefer
fine points, but this pen is so comfortable to write with that I'm happily
keeping it. I will be purchasing another pen and some refills on my next jetpens
For the money these pens...
, April 13, 2012
For the money these pens can not be beat. They write just as well as some of my
more expensive pens. They also have a decent size and weight to them. AND,
contrary to the reviews of the converter, these pens can easily be cleaned
WITHOUT the converter. Since the nib and feed can be easily removed from the
pen you can then just run water through the nib section and wash it out very
quickly. As for the eyedropper mod I'm a little skeptical. I tried it with
both my pens. One did just fine. The other one however did not. The O-ring
broke and there was a bit of leakage. I deconverted back to the cartridge for
This was my first fountain...
, July 1, 2011
This was my first fountain pen, and I love it. The ink comes out as soon as you
put the tip to the paper. I have little experience with fountain pens, so I
don't know how it compares to others, but it's good enough for me.
Can't complain for $3,...
, April 29, 2011
Can't complain for $3, but move up to one of many of the $15 fountain pens
available on Jet Pens & you don't have to deal with the leaking and uneven flow.
Good if you want to buy a huge number of pens for the minimum price in order to
keep your entire ink collection at hand.
Good flow, good ink,...
, April 23, 2011
Good flow, good ink, comfortable to write with. You can't do better in this
I've always loved writing...
, January 12, 2011
I've always loved writing and drawing with these, but have had way too many of
them start leaking on their second cartridge to make them reusable. For a while,
my black Preppy was my go-to drawing pen, beating out my Lamy Safari with
Noodler's Super Black.
This was one of the first...
, December 7, 2010
This was one of the first Fountain pens I ever used. I wanted to try something
inexpensive in case I didn't like using a Fountain pen, so I got this and 2
others. Overall this pen was great, nice ink flow, fun design,
inexpensive.......until I had used it for just one week. The threads on the
barrel to replace the cartridge sorta striped out(or the thread was incorrect or
the cap 'held' too securely...something was wrong) and EVERY time I would take
the cap off the pen to use the pen, the bottom of the pen (nib and surrounding
plastic) would come with it.
Its not like I was hard on the pen or spent the entire week taking the cap on,
putting it on, taking the cap off....etc... I rotated between the other 2 pens.
After a week I had pretty much gave up on the pen because of how annoying it was
to have to put it back together everytime I used it.....
Pro: nice ink color and...
, October 10, 2010
Pro: nice ink color and no flow problems
Con: barrel cracked and blue plastic covering on the nib started flaking off
(and I'm pretty sure it wasn't some kind of protective removable plastic sheet
that was meant to come off).
FYI I didn't drop the pen, in fact it was sitting pretty on my desk its whole
lifespan, so not sure why the barrel cracked.
Conclusion: If you find you like fountain pens, save up for a safari!
This is a fantastic writer,...
, August 28, 2010
This is a fantastic writer, forget disposability! Note that the Japanese F nib
is finer than European fountain F nib (compare, say, Lamy). It does go dry after
long periods of disuse, but this is easily remedied by either rinsing quickly
under a tap, or giving the cartridge a gentle squeeze (I did not get a huge glob
shooting out or anything).
This is an okay pen....
, August 18, 2010
This is an okay pen. It works for what I wanted it for which is a cheap fountain
pen in a business appropriate color. Occasionally the pen starts slowly or skips
which is annoying. I do like that it takes cartridges and is easily converted to
an eyedropper. Good for the price is my final verdict.