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After purchasing the...
December 29, 2009
After purchasing the Platinum “Preppy” fountain pen, I also bought the Sailor Ink Pen.

Ink flow of the Sailor Ink Pen is good. The problem lies with the very smooth flowing Sailor ink instead (as with other very smooth flowing ink like Aurora). The ink tends to spread into thicker line and also exhibits tendency to bleed through some types of writing paper.

Richard F. Binder wrote in his website that "Inks that flow too well often tend to feather or bleed, especially on cheap papers, and this sort of excessive flow lowers an ink’s score."
Source : http://www.richardspens.com/?page=main.htm

Now I get to see what Richard F. Binder meant by his words above. Ink that flows well is good enough, it does not need to be very smooth flowing.

Since the Sailor (and Aurora) ink needs certain sort of good quality paper, this restricts my application of this ink as I cannot always dictate the quality of paper accessible to me.

The nib is without pellet at the tip. This makes the Sailor Ink Pen “scratchy” on the paper.

The above problems do not happen to the Platinum “Preppy” fountain pen.

The Platinum ink is more water-resistant than Sailor ink and the Platinum ink does not bleed through paper as much as the Sailor ink.

The nib of the Platinum “Preppy” is pelleted to give a smooth writing experience.

An additional spring-loaded cone is inside the pen-cap of the Platinum “Preppy” to provide additional seal to the nib-section. This slows down evaporation of the ink. Intelligent design for even a cheap pen ! No such thought is put into the pen-cap of the Sailor Ink Pen.

Verdict : Platinum “Preppy” and Platinum ink are superior than Sailor Ink Pen and Sailor ink.
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Great pen, although it...
May 26, 2011
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Great pen, although it was very hard for me to unscrew the end to put the ink in. I would say the color could be described as chrome yellow, #FFA700 on a hex color chart. It writes nicely, and I have not had any more problems since.
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Good pen for this price....
January 29, 2009
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Good pen for this price. But don't use standard Platinum ink cartridges with it.
I tried Preppys with standard Platinum ink, then with brush cartridges (...products_id/1973) and with carbon ink cartridges (...products_id/3462).
In my opinion it is good pen only with two last. Smooth, non dries without cap for 10-15 minutes. And price (for carbon ink) is the same. Brush ink darker and smoother. It is the best one for Preppy pen.
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mehh, it okay, I actually...
January 5, 2016
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mehh, it okay, I actually used this pen on my everyday school notes. Mine didn't last very long, started to crack from opening and closing the ink cartridge compartment. Over all it does the writing part fine.
Really CUTE! the color...
January 19, 2010
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Really CUTE! the color is a marigold kind of color, a dark yellow you can actually see. I like to use it to draw smiley faces :D but I also use it in my notes for things I would normally highlight. No trouble with this pen at all except when I first put the ink in, it took a while to start. Other than that, PERFECT.
I just bought this pen...
August 4, 2009
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I just bought this pen and am waiting for it to come in the mail. It usually takes about 1-2 days to get to me and I've ordered many times from jetpens. I read an article saying you can refill platinum preppy fountain pens with regular bottled inks by just adding an o-ring to the threads of the barrel. I am currently in love with the j. herbin and pilot iroshizuku bottled inks and am waiting on my glass pens and the platinum preppy pens to test them out. I am definitely looking forward to receiving these pens in the mail. I only wish bottled inks were cheaper... $22.50 for a bottle of iroshizuku is really taxing my wallet. overall, great buy though!
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