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
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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