Fountain pens are great, but the cleaning is, to put it lightly, a chore. Maintaining and caring for fountain pens takes time, and even if you don’t baby your pens their water-based ink still runs out more quickly than a ballpoint or rollerball. Want to change ink color? That requires a cleaning too.
So cleaning comes with the territory, but what’s the right way to do it?
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The Platinum Curidas is a retractable fountain pen that looks to be related to the Platinum Preppy. It was first announced in 2020 with limited details.
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The Platinum Carbon is a desktop fountain pens that use’s Platinum’s waterproof Carbon ink pens.
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Converting a fountain pen to an eyedropper is a quick and fun job, so long as you choose the right pen! It’s quick to do, quite cheap, and you can often double or even triple your ink capacity.
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The Platinum Prefounte Fountain Pen is a new pen for December 2019. It’s slightly nicer version of the Platinum Preppy, with hints of inspiration from the Procyon, both of which are some of Unsharpen.com’s best pens. With a retail price of $10 it looks to be a replacement for the Platinum Plaisir, which is not a highly regarded pen (at least not by Unsharpen).
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In theory fountain pen cartridges should be easy — you insert one into your pen and you start writing. In practice, they are rather confusing. Some only work on one brand of pen, some work on lots of pens, but they all look alike. The are not labeled well and the downside of messing up an cartridge installation can be a broken pen (bad) or a leaky cartridge (usually worse).
This guide should help with some of your common fountain pen cartridge questions as well help you visually identify which cartridge is which.
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The Platinum ixi:z, sometimes spelled Platinum [ixi:z] is a handsome, high-design pen that was done in collaboration with the Japanese designer ixi:z.
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Platinum pens use a proprietary converter and cartridge design. Luckily Platinum makes an excellent converter that sells in a very classy gold or silver design. It is a screw mechanism and is included with higher-end Platinum pens. This is a popular choice for the 3776 Century but will fit almost all Platinum fountain pens.
Don’t miss our Platinum fountain pen buying guide to learn more about these pens.
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The Platinum #3776 Century is a popular, entry-level 14K gold nib fountain pen. It’s the primary competitor to the (also popular) Pilot Custom 74 and Sailor 1911.
This is one of the best Platinum fountain pens and the company’s most popular gold nib pen.
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The Platinum Procyon is a mid-range, steel nib fountain pen that sells for about $50.
This is one of the top Platinum fountain pens, but does not get much attention because it’s so close in price to the 3776 Century which upgrades to a 14K gold nib.
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Platinum is one of Japan’s “Big Three” pen companies, but it doesn’t seem to get the same level of attention as the other two, at least in the United States. Despite that, Platinum makes some of our favorite fountain pens.
If you are considering buying a Platinum fountain pen which should you lean towards? Which are sure-fire hits that no one can deny is a great pen? Read on to find out.
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The Platinum President is the company’s full-sized, flagship fountain pen. It has an Art Deco-style clip and a clean, refined design. This is pen that is one size larger than the Platinum #3776 Century.
Don’t miss out Platinum fountain pen buying guide, which features the President.
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If you have been learning about fountain pens and have dug deep enough to get into the world of specialty nibs, perhaps you have come across the term “music nib.” After some immediate confusion perhaps you took a guess and figured out it’s a nib for writing musical notes… or is it a nib that produces wonderful music as you write? Just kidding — it’s definitely the former — but what does that mean in practice? What is a music nib and why might you want to own one?
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The Plaisir is a Platinum Preppy fountain pen with a metal body as opposed to a plastic one. Then pens are otherwise identical, but the Plaisir has a slightly nicer feel because of the aluminum body and cap. The cap is a bit ornate for the otherwise modern styling of the pen, but it’s nice nonetheless.
The Plaisir is featured in our Platinum buying guide but isn’t one of our favorites thanks to it being substantially the same pen as the Preppy.
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The Preppy is a disposable, refillable fountain pen from Platinum. It is probably the best fountain pen under $5 and possibly under $10, thanks to it’s excellent writing, dependability, and ability to easily convert it into a eye dropper pen. The Preppy has a steel nib that can slide off the pen for cleaning or swapping with some of Platinum’s other pens, like the Plaisir.
To learn more about it, don’t miss our Platinum pen buying guide, which highly recommends the Preppy.
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