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November 24, 2014
How can I properly express...
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How can I properly express my love for the Platinum Preppy Fountain Pens without becoming redundant? To be as succinct as possible, I will tell readers that I have so many fountain pens I can barely keep track ranging from cheap to pricey...but this is the one I reach for the highest percentage of the time. It is reliable (for the most part) and don't even get me started on the price. When I saw the "Last Chance" graphic on this item I crammed my cart chock full of them in both medium (this one) and fine....hoping to have enough to get me into the next millennium (for my descendents since barring some Nobel-worthy medical discovery, I do not anticipate living another 986 years!

PROS: Price, reliability, minimal leakage, beautiful array of colors (refill ink), prince (worthy of saying twice) and duration of stock here....I've purchased it over years shopping here.
CONS: Cap Quality - I have had no less than four of these caps crack, rending it unusable. Once it cracks, you're done...I toss it in the circular file. Twice I had the body crack by over-tightening but once I corrected my ink-changing style I haven't had another body crack (in the pen, that is).

I could keep talking about it, but I will allow you time to go buy it before it disappears and we miss our "Last Chance." Consider yourself warned! All I have to say is I hope that Platinum replaces this in their line of fountain pens, since it would be criminal to remove my Preppy without a suitable replacement! :) I'm sure you will agree.

 
November 21, 2014
I ordered this notebook...
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I ordered this notebook expecting to like it, as I'm a big fan of the dot pages, and like the places for Page & Date in the upper right hand corner of pages...however I had no idea how pleased I would be! I have a lot of notebooks - perhaps more than I could use in two lifetimes. However, I was impressed enough to make this the first notebook for which I was inspired to write a review. The pages are large, a hair less than 10" in height (vertical) and a bit over 7" in width (including the perforations that go around the spiral). Note that the pages tear right off the spiral, with no perforations that would give a nice edge. Even so, you an still cut the edges of with a paper cutter or scissor....but if I could deduct a half of a star I would - but it's either a 4 or 5, and I think it's way closer to 5 than 4.
Overall the notebook is a nice weight, even heavy (in a good way), and the paper is thick enough so that most pens do not soak through but light enough not to be off-putting. The dots are novel and spacing (5mm) appropriate. I plan to order the lined version, that I believe has a 7mm spacing. I would love this little number in a smaller format for lists, desktop or even a purse pad.

In summation.... PROS: weight, paper thickness, dimensions, dots, layout and more.
CONS: no perforations to make straight edge when torn out!
Great notebook - will order this one again!

 
November 5, 2014
Let me begin by saying...
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Let me begin by saying that I own this pen in all point sizes. It's a go-to writing instrument in other sizes, but sadly this width (the 0.25) falls short. I would definitely avoid the 0.25 mm and go instead to the 0.3mm point. I wanted to like it - I really did. But not only was it unusable from the moment I opened it, it remained that way. Oh the humanity! Maybe I got a bad one. Maybe. But I just cannot bring myself to order a new one and shell out the $3.00 to risk it because I pretty much know where it's going to end - me with another useless pen. Rather today I'm ordering (for the 3rd time), the .3 and .4mm.

I read the other reviews, and while I agree w/ the one suggesting the use of smooth paper, I can attest to the fact that my point failure was NOT operator-error. Mine never worked. This pen's failure was not a casualty of excess pressure, though that could easily happen so be forewarned. My recommendation - click on over to this pen in the 0.3mm and 0.4 mm. Make sure that you note that there's a version w/ a grip and one without (this one). I prefer no grip.

 
September 11, 2014
I really like the needle...
I really like the needle tip and the balance of width, length and weight. However, the biggest con, and the reason this isn't a 5 is the scratchy nature of the writing experience. The reason I am not giving this pen a lower score is that I'm mainly a printer, and the short strokes I use to form letters are not as negatively impacted as would be in script. I would order this pen again, even though for a scratchy pen, I think the price is perhaps too high a price point. I must disagree with the recommendation of the Uniball Signo over this pen, as that experience is completely different (apples to oranges), and I haven't drank the Uniball Signo Kool-Aid (though I have tried and tried). I am still debating giving this pen a four, but I went back in writing this review, and indeed, the scratchy nature (though not necessarily skipping) really precludes this from being a four. I wish I could give it a 3.75..... :)

 
September 10, 2014
I came back to re-order...
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I came back to re-order this pen, and saw only one customer reviewed it thus far. I would give this pen five stars even if it didn't cost this much. I can't even BELIEVE that such a great pen is that inexpensive. For those of you who are reading before purchase, this is a needle-style point, capped pen. The needle is wide enough that it won't bend if you put a bit of pressure on it. It writes evenly and rarely skips. The only con I can think of is that it goes through ink quickly and it can make the other side of the page (if you have paper that isn't too thick) unable to be used because of the thru-paper visibility of the gel ink. You cannot beat the price, and no matter how you think about this pen, it's a win/win! :)

 
September 10, 2014
I will begin by saying...
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I will begin by saying if this was based only on my love of the Miffy pens...then it would be a 5 out of 5. However, I have to be honest about the biggest problem with these, skipping. If they wrote consistently, they could be twice the price and STILL a bargain. But since I'm now passing them up in lieu of pens that write smoothly, I feel I have to post a review. For price, they are clearly a 5/5. For color variety, also a 5/5. But overall I must confess, they are getting a 3/5. Every few words, they don't write. I have to either stop and shake it down and facilitate inkflow on another page, then start again or keep going over the same letter a few times, which ruins the look of my page. So....do I love these budget-conscious scented little numbers? Heck yes! But I'm frustrated with the stop and go way in which they write. And I have at least 20 of them - and all of them share the same "skippy" nature to them, so I didn't get a lemon (if that's what you were thinking). Love 'em but must confess that I will wait before ordering more so maybe they fix the problem. I hope in six months I'm 100% wrong & I can come back and post an addendum!

 
May 21, 2014
AMAZING pen - one of...
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AMAZING pen - one of my go-go gel ink writing implements. However, I prefer the better-flowing 0.4mm to the 0.3mm. However, I would give this a 4.5 stars since I'm buying yet ANOTHER black 0.3mm Maica right now... so I cannot say it isn't great. The limitations are as follows: 1) Scratchy in some instances but not all 2) occasionally skips 3) Fragile tip so it would be of limited use for heavy-pressing writers. Great pen at a great price. Once again, if I could I would give this a 4.5 instead of a 4, but that's sadly not an option. It's a great part of my pen portfolio & I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

 
May 21, 2014
I have no less than 15...
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I have no less than 15 of these babies....ranging in point size. But my absolutely favorite is the 0.4mm black pen. It's a serious bargain and it lasts a very long time. Granted, I have at least 4 on my desk at any given time, so I've never used one exclusively to the end of the ink capacity. The one thing to be careful with is the delicateness of the point. If you are a hard-pressing writer, perhaps you should re-consider the purchase. But if you are average to delicate, this is your pen. The 0.4mm rarely skips (0.3 occasionally has an ink flow issue) and does not bleed or soak through. It's versatile, attractive and one of my go-to pens. It's a gem in every point size, but by far the 0.4mm is the reigning king of the Maica Gel Ink kingdom!

 
May 21, 2014
What bang for the buck!...
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What bang for the buck! This comical pen probably deserves a 4.5 simply because the scent just detracts from it's appeal, but I gave it 5 stars because for the price, it's one heck of a pen....and more. I like the fun cartoon embellishments, the darkness of the ink, and the nice width of point. I like that it has a cap rather than a retractable point. All this for that price. Wow! I came back today to buy two more, and couldn't resist writing a review touting the features of Miffy's 0.5mm pen!

 
March 26, 2014
I just love the Propus...
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I just love the Propus & Propus 2 highlighters. This particular number is perfect for my needs, but I must confess that I do not use it as chronically or extensively as the initial reviewer who uses highlighters as a full-time student. I use it every day, but no extensively. I own no less than 15 Propus and Propus2 colors, and it is definitely a go-to pen. The versatility of having both wide & fine points in one pen is pretty cool and for my purposes, they last about as long as expected, if not longer. I do love the blue, but if you need more than one, get yourself one of the hot pink Propus 2's and you will NOT be sorry.