I've honestly lost count of how many of these I have- they're the best for testing ink samples without taking up a fancier pen, but I also have quite a few filled with favorite ink...view mores for regular usage. They behave well with all but the most finicky of shimmer inks and it seems like no matter how long I've let one sit unused, it's always ready to go again when I pick it up. Most of mine have been converted to be eyedropper filled (super easy, even when I was first getting into fountain pens it was a very simple switch up), but the Platinum Converter works just as well. I just prefer the eyedropper method because it holds the most ink that way. No matter how you go about it, they're solid pen at a great price point. view less
Not sure how I've wrote a review for so many awesome things and missed this one. Out of all the "starter" pens These are my absolute favorite!
I've got/had almost 2 do...view morezen of these guys in every size/shape/color. They are simply the best bang for a buck on the market. You get a working pen and matching ink cartridge for under 5 bucks!
And because these are "starter" pens does platinum skimp on quality you ask? No... Not for a second. Platinum makes all of their own nibs in house and these nibs are the same high quality steel nibs in many of their other beginner/budget offerings and write extremely well.
I use these pens at work. With the 0.3 mm I can carefully even press through on some carbon paper without tearing it.. You just have to be very careful and not press so hard to bend the nib. I admit it takes a little practice.
I give these to people curious about why I only use fountain pens and at work so if I drop one it isn't heart or budget breaking. But that doesn't mean I don't love these pens as much as some of my Lamys or other nicer pens and they certainly get the most use!
If you're not sure if fountain pens are for you pick one of these up. If you need permanent ink their Carbon black cartridges are a few dollars for 4 of them. If fountain pens aren't for you it's a few bucks out and something to still play with... But I'm willing to bet you'll quickly find out it's a gateway down the rabbit hole if the wonderful world of fountain pens like so many others have found.
So try one today and feel good about it either way. view less
I bought the Platinum Preppy to use as a casual dip tester for a bunch of my ink samples, and it's a really solid pen. It's plastic but still feels well-made and very durable -- fe...view moreels like you could throw it in a bag and have it bump around inside without a scratch. view less
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Supplying analog writing instruments and accessories since 1938. Third generation family-owned store based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Mike was trained by his grandfather, dad, and uncle to continue the family business of all things pens, inks, and paper.