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The Platinum Preppy is...
February 2, 2011
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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.
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I have several Preppy...
November 28, 2011
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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.
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Great pen for a great...
September 6, 2011
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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
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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?
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At this price, it's a...
December 15, 2011
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At this price, it's a steal; I have one of these and it works great. I just wish it was a little heavier.
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I've had three Preppies...
April 1, 2016
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I've had three Preppies over the years and have loved all of them -- at first. Eventually though they all seem to write drier and drier till the stop. I love the form factor but I've never had such problems with other bargain pens. I would therefore hesitate before giving this as an introductory pen. Love the "violet" cartridges, though.
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.
Love fountain pens!...
February 16, 2015
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Love fountain pens!
November 5, 2014
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This is a great little...
October 30, 2014
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This is a great little pen for starting out. If you're willing to spend just a little more, you can take a huge leap and get the Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen (fine tip). The Pilot's "Fine" is much finer and closer to a regular pen's writing.

This pen is what it is. It is one of the better low end fountain pens. I must say that I really do enjoy this blue black ink,
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