Depending on your preferences, choosing the right brand can be an important aspect of writing with fountain pens. Every fountain pen brand has something unique and different to offer. When it comes to Japanese brand Platinum, you can expect nothing short of excellence. With their high-quality nibs and extra fine writing instruments, Platinum promises a great writing experience that you will surely enjoy. However, not every fountain pen from Platinum delivers in the same way. Here, we’ve listed our top picks for the best pens in their line-up, from the most accessible and affordable options to some of their more premium selections.
The 3776 Century is arguably Platinum's most popular pen in its current line-up. It is often recommended by fountain pen enthusiasts and is a mainstay at pen shows as well as carried by most retailers. Similar to favorites from other brands, such as the Pelikan M400 and the Montblanc Meisterstück Classique, Platinum’s 3776 Century is a good-sized pen with a lightweight cartridge-converter filling system that feels great in the hand.
The attractive resin body is paired with a high-quality 14-karat gold nib with a beautiful flared design. Compared to other nibs, the 3776 Century has a bit of feedback that is pleasant for writers who like feeling their pens move across paper. These nibs also come in extra fine and ultra extra fine for a beautifully superb writing experience.
For writers who aren’t quite ready to splurge on the 3776 but have a little bit more to spend, the Procyon is a great choice from Platinum. This well-balanced pen feels sturdy and durable in the hand with its aluminum body and brass fixtures.
Writing with the Procyon is enjoyable as it has a smooth, free-flowing nib that performs well straight out of the box. A medium-sized nib for this pen is a good option to show off ink properties like shading, sheen, and shimmer while staying small enough to use for everyday writing. Many have likened this to an upgraded Platinum Preppy and Platinum Plaisir. They all have swappable nibs that perform well, but the difference lies in the quality of the rest of the pen’s build. For this reason, we’ve chosen the Procyon for our list. It’s a good-looking pen that feels great, perfect for fountain pen enthusiasts who prefer metal-bodied pens without breaking the budget.
Beginner-friendly pens these days are very high-quality, and the Platinum Preppy is no exception. For under $10, you get a cartridge-compatible fountain pen with a very smooth writing nib. Many competitors at this price point are not designed to be refilled, so this is a plus for the Preppy.
The body of the pen feels lightweight and easy to use. The barrel is translucent and made of PC resin for a sturdier build. The nib on this pen can also be swapped with pens like the Plaisir and the Prefounte for more variety. It writes smoothly, with no scratchiness whatsoever, zero tooth, and minimal feedback, so if you are a fan of a smoother, glassier writing experience, this pen is a great, very affordable option to have.
The Bottom Line
Platinum has set a high standard for fine writing at all price points. Whether you’re on a budget or ready to invest in an excellent fountain pen, this brand has high-quality options for you. It is helpful to know what the best nib sizes are for fountain pens so that you can choose the right Platinum pen for you. Remember that Japanese pens tend to write finer lines than their European or American counterparts, and the same goes for Platinum. That said, you’ll certainly enjoy the exceptional fountain pens produced by this brand.
Written by EndlessPens Blogger Ramona Kabigting