When it comes to people’s choice of writing utensil I guess it is all down to personal preference. I have written before that fountain pens have never been my first choice on the pen front. After reading about Rob who thinks that the Platinum Preppy is the best fountain pen in the world I was intrigued and decided to try out the Platinum Preppy fountain pen for myself.t. I also thought I’d get some help from an FP fanatic to write this review.
Preppy is a disposable fountain pen, available in 0.3 or medium 0.5 stainless steel, I am trying a medium nib using violet ink. Although classed as disposable, it is possible to refill using standard platinum cartridges. On the other hand, you may like to ring the changes with one of the other colors on offer, namely black, blue, red, pink, yellow or green.
Made from transparent polycarbonate, the barrel is light in weight at 13g, but still gives the impression it is strong. I like the fact that you can monitor the ink level, & that the cap fits tightly, eliminating the chance of ink evaporating. When capped the pen measures 138mm in length & has a diameter of 13mm. The ink color & nib size is indicated on the top of the cap, the nibs are also color-coded. I found the nib color a better guide than that of the cap.
Here is a novice’s take on the Platinum Preppy’s performance
After my initial difficulties getting any ink through to the nib, I even removed the cartridge to check it was in place correctly! Once the ink flowed I found this pen was comfortable to hold. I always go for a medium nib on my pens & this one didn’t disappoint, my hand glided across the page with ease & although my experience of FP’s is limited the Preppy didn’t provide any of the reminders I would expect, such as wet ink that I’d have to try hard not to smudge or a scratchy line that looked like it had skipped a letter or two.
And now for the opinion of a Fountain Pen addict
The first thing that struck me was the color of the ink, this suggests that as the initial writing experience didn’t provide any immediate negatives. I should probably add here that for me it’s a fountain pen or nothing, I don’t feel I can write with anything else. There is one exception – crossword puzzles.
To make a comparison, I turned to my trusted Waterman, the pen I currently use every day. When it comes to pens I admit I’m a bit of a snob, I used a Mont Blanc for years, it was an antique by the time I finally laid it to rest. I still prefer the Waterman to the Preppy, probably unfair as of course, I realize this is not a comparison on a level playing field! However, as far as the print on the page goes, this disposable fountain pen performed well.
I find it a shame that in general people no longer use fountain pens, they find it too much bother. IMO handwriting does improve using them & there is nothing better than receiving a letter penned in “real” ink.
So that’s about it, a view from both sides of the fence, so to speak.
I have read that the Preppy Fountain Pen would be a good choice for beginners to gain some experience with and the Platinum Preppy is now available worldwide.
The Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen is featured as one of The 10 Best Fountain Pens Under £20.00.