The Platinum Preppy is...
, February 2, 2011
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.