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I converted all my Preppys...
December 26, 2010
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I converted all my Preppys to dropper fill just as jetpens suggests. I love these pens. Never once have they given me any trouble. No leaks. I've taken them on airplanes to China and they were fantastic. I have four filled with Noodlers ink: black 05, blue 03, whaler's brown 05, black 03.
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For $3.30 I ordered these...
January 12, 2012
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For $3.30 I ordered these along with another pen. Just for kicks I thought I'd give it a run. I was totally impressed. the ink flow was silky smooth, almost like writing with a felt tip. The lines are broad for a Japanese pen. I plan to order a couple more to hold colored inks.

Best $3 pen of any kind I own.
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The Platinum Preppys...
January 25, 2012
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The Platinum Preppys are the best pen for $3 you will ever buy*. If you have ever wanted to try out a fountain pen, the Preppy is a great way to do it. At that price you cant get hurt much if you don't like it.

jeff stiefer

* For a full-sized cheap pen. I actually prefer the Pilot Petit (sold here at jetpens) but its a small pen and my not be good for big hands
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Love this pen. I got...
November 29, 2010
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Love this pen. I got the medium point and the fine point (both black ink) and I love the way they write. The converter really lets you use any ink you like so these pens are the perfect fountain pens for newbies, but also great for students or those that want a pen to use for quick notes, etc.
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This is the first time...
June 29, 2010
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This is the first time I've tried a "nibbed" pen I didn't have to dip. the flow is very smooth and I could get alot of good effects with it.
Flow is a bit thicker than I thought it was going to be but other wise I like using this pen.
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I cannot even express...
January 26, 2010
I cannot even express my love for this pen. I had never written with a fountain pen before, and I tried a few out at a store and wasn't too pleased, but when I tried this one I immediately had to buy it and pick up a couple extra cartridges. It's the kind of pen you just know you'll be using for the rest of your life.
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This is an outstanding...
November 23, 2009
This is an outstanding fountain pen. I love how smoothly it writes and the nib. It gets an A in my book and now I'm planning to get the purple one based on the great reviews and my love for the color purple. But of course, black is the standard color.
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Love, love, love this...
May 24, 2012
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Love, love, love this pen. The nib is very smooth and ink is a nice wet flow no matter how long it's been since I have used it. Who would ever think such an inexpensive pen would perform so well. I have some very expensive pens; Sheaffer's, waterman, pelican that don't write nearly as well. I plan to turn this into an eye dropper after I use up the cartridge that was included. It's definitely not impressive to look at and I wish it didn't have the writing on the barrel but that is a small complaint and doesn't in any way affect the performance. If you don't have one of these I would highly recommend that you give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
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Wow, what a nice pen......
January 29, 2010
Wow, what a nice pen... I got this one to carry around in my professor's leather book bag (I teach undergrad courses), and because I prefer that old-fashioned "scratchy" feel of a fountain pen on paper versus the skip and rub of a ball point (who can write with a ball point other than for endorsing a check at a bank?). I like gel pens, too, but I sometimes miss the fountain pen feel, so this is perfect to remedy that. :-)

Love the colored nib. Very nice feature. Makes the pen look more like a conversation piece. It writes with such a graceful line, it's almost impossible to think that it's a $3 pen! Got two extras on the way: one red pen for marking up papers, and another black for my wife (so she doesn't take mine away). If you haven't already done so, get one now. You can thank me later. ;-)
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This is an inexpensive...
January 6, 2015
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This is an inexpensive pen, not a cheap one.
It is well crafted from quality recycled materials and functions according to design as a reliable and efficient graphics tool. Although robust the pen still should be respected in handling and use. Mistreatment will shorten the life and possibly crack the cap if forced. All remarks apply to the medium (0.5 mm), fine (0.3 mm) and extra fine (0.2 mm) nib sizes.
Correspondence and drawing grips (posted) are comfortable and the nib is sturdy but responsive under normal fountain pen pressure. The steel point has a perceptible tactile feedback making writing and drawing a sensual pleasure for the user.
Nonproprietary cartridges are accepted and a pen converter permits bottled inks. Conversion to an eyedropper fill is easy and fast. Available ink supply is always visible through the transparent handle.
Dye-based (Noodler's Heart of Darkness) and pigmented inks (Platinum Carbon Ink) flow well without clogging, skipping or corrosion. A minimal piece-count and no moving parts makes for trouble-free operation. The special construction of the cap ensures that ink will flow quickly even after the capped pen has been unused for days. Naturally this feature prevents the pen from drying out. Each cap has an integral clip strong enough to keep the pen secured in pocket or notebook. Manufacturing tolerances are close so everything fits together tightly with no leakage.
Cursive handwriting is smooth and drawing strokes are crisp and concise even when laid down at speed.

The point size is stamped on the end of the cap. It is more efficient to slip a piece of paper with the size (and ink color) into the space between the cartridge and the end of the transparent handle. This little trick will let you pick up the desired pen at a glance without searching through caps of the same color.

Price and quality of this pen makes it excellent for everyday carry by students, journal writers, artists and anyone who enjoys the fluid line of a fountain pen.
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