As usual with the Platinum Preppy, I had a beast of a time getting the ink to
start to flow. Once it did start, it writes decently smooth, though very stiff.
However, the "blue black" ink is pretty much just blue ink. Nothing like the
deep dark blue that comes in the Pilot Petit. There's also a significant amount
of shading to the ink, which again, makes it look lighter than a true blue-black
ink. For the price, it's fine, but I definitely prefer the Pilot Petit ink
color and ease of use to this one.
Let me start by saying that I usually HATE gel pens. Hate them. They skip, the
ink is uneven, I don't know what it is about them, but we just don't get along
(I usually prefer marker pens or fountain pens). BUT I LOVE THESE PENS! They
write incredibly smooth, the colors are vibrant, they worked immediately out of
the packet, and they look great too. Very happy that I took a risk and decided
to give these a try, I will definitely be purchasing more colors in the future.
The only caveat I can offer for this 6 color set is that the apple green is
difficult to read on an off-white paper (Campus 6 mm ruled). All of the colors
(even apricot orange) are vibrant enough that it's no issue, but I wouldn't use
the apple green to write something that I expected another person to be able to
Luckily, I read another review noting the capacity of this notebook or I never
would have bought it. As it stands, the notebook holds far more sheets of paper
than the 25 sheet capacity listed in the description. I put about a third of a
refill pack in it and it fits just fine (so it has somewhere around 40-50 sheets
of paper in it at the moment). The size is perfect for note-taking in meetings
and I love the ability to cleanly remove (or reorder) pages and add more when
needed, without having to go to a new notebook. The yellow-green cover is much
more yellow than green. I only did not give it 5 stars because the ring opening
mechanism is a little tricky.
Great set of felt tipped pens. All of the colors are very bright and
unsaturated; they're beautiful colors, but not very bold. I do wish Pilot had
included pink or red and used their purple in place of one of those two, since
the red and pink are very similar (I think the red looks more pink than the
pink). These will be in heavy rotation on my desk.
Nice smooth paper with unique dotted lines. Works very well with all of my
fountain pens. No bleed-through even with marker pens. The size is perfect for
writing notes at work, both in number of pages and page size.
The pen writes smoothly and consistently and this is one of my favorite ink
colors. My only gripe is that I can't write with it for long periods, because
my hand will cramp due to the size, but it is a MINI pen, so that was expected.