Back in the mists of time (July 11th, 2017 in reality, it just feels like a long time ago), I wrote a post about the bargains of the grey market; specifically as to how they related to a manufacturer of one of my favorite fountain pens—the Platinum 3776 Century. I don't intend to argue the pros … Continue reading Platinum 3776 Century, Medium Nib—A Grey Bargain
It's been a while since I last posted, work on my dissertation took a 45 degree turn... a barrel-roll, and a double-back-flip. We're back on track now, but there will be plenty more late nights ahead. Meanwhile, I look forward to doing the occasional blog post, just to keep me sane. Strange how we judge sanity … Continue reading Jinhao 605
First, let me tell you what this isn't; it isn't a deeply technical review of the pros and cons of various nibs, tipping materials, gold vs. steel (OK, it is a bit about that), and so on. It's about just getting a nib size right for you. What the sizes mean for the word on … Continue reading Which Nib is for Me?
I have reviewed the Platinum Century 3776 fountain pen before, albeit with their amazing 14K music nib. At the time, that pen from any reputable Canadian retailer, would cost you at least $215.00 Canadian, before any kind of taxes or delivery, and without adding anything for the extra cost of the music nib. So, without the … Continue reading Platinum Bargains on Amazon.com… For Now
So what gets you through your day? What is it you find yourself loading into your bag when you leave for the day? A meeting? Or however long you have no idea... This is what my bag revealed to me today—not the actual bottles, no they're just what's in the pens; but the pens and … Continue reading The Carry, I
If you begin to read fountain pen reviews, and collector's sites, you'll soon see a fair bit about starter or beginner pens, as if they were some sort of gateway drug to the harder, and more expensive, Montblanc or Nakaya. And who am I to judge the analogy? It may well ring true for a lot … Continue reading The Platinum Balance: This is a REAL Starter Pen
It occurred to me, after reading a bit more, and enjoying the pens in—what I now probably have to call—my collection, that I could probably enjoy pens that cost less than $250 each. You could be forgiven for thinking that the thought was a bit late in coming to me, but I was never a very … Continue reading Platinum Plaisir, Medium Steel Nib, in Gun-Metal
Like a lot of people who quite fancy a fountain pen, my first pen was a treat to myself when I completed my biology degree back in 1995 in England. I had no idea what I was looking for in a pen, I'd done no research, but had just felt attracted to fountain pens in general, … Continue reading It Started with a Cross