Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen (Blue)

Ask yourself “What is a step up from a Platinum Preppy?” - Enter, the Platinum Plaisir.

Straight out of the box, this is a fairly smart looking pen. It is a cigar shaped aluminium body with an anodised blue finish. This gives the Plaisir a smart but durable look whilst also making this a light fountain pen. The only slight knock I can give to the appearance is the silver band that sits at the bottom of the cap. For me, this is way too big and doesn’t fit in with the overall design. The clip is fairly stiff but serves its purpose well.

Like the Preppy, the nib section is a clear plastic that whilst being smooth, actually provides a comfortable surface that offers a fair amount of grip.

The nibs offered are Medium (0.5) or a Fine (0.3). I went for a Fine and for the most part, this has been a fairly enjoyable experience. When I first started writing, I did find the nib to be really scratchy and not that enjoyable. Over time however, the scratchiness has settled down. 

This is a Japanese fine which means it lays down a very thin line (Would be a lot finer if compared to something like a Lamy fine nib). For a fairly stiff nib, it does offer a small amount of line variation and even when pushing it, not once did it ever rail road.

The standard filling mechanism is Platinum cartridges that can be upgraded via the separate purchase of a Platinum International Adaptor, which enables you to also use standard international cartridges.  

For the price (roughly £9-£10), its a pretty good pen that could be a good option if you are thinking of a Safari but would like a finer line.

Diplomat Aero Matt Silver

All aboard the Zeppelin! (Trust me, this will make sense soon)

Once I had the Diplomat Aero in my hand, the first thing that really impressed me was the look of this pen. I really do think this is one of the most impressive looking fountain pens in my collection.

The barrel and cap are sculpted anodised aluminium inspired to resemble a Zeppelin Air ship (not the band!). A bonus of this type of design is that whilst making the Aero look unique, the recessions in the barrel and cap actually reduce the overall weight of the pen. Meaning you end up with a pen that is not super heavy given the all metal build. In fact, I have found this to be a fairly well balanced pen with its weight. 

With regards to the cap, this has really been the only part of the Areo journey that I haven’t enjoyed that much as I find it requires a silly amount of strength to actually remove the cap. This is also true when capping the pen. I’m unsure if this is meant to be the case or is it a one off with the pen I received. Posting is far more enjoyable however.

The length of the barrel means that you can use this pen uncapped and it feels very comfortable in the hand which is great for long writing sessions. This is the same even if the cap is posted, it really doesn’t add too much length or make the pen feel top heavy.

Where the Areo really excels is with its nib. I went for a medium nib and this is a great nib. Add the additional fact that the feed is also really good, this gives you a wonderful writing experience. You can write slowly or fast and the nib doesn’t skip a beat. It is stiff but has enough bounce to enable you to get some line variation (which is an added bonus).

During writing, I did notice that if the nib moves in the right to left direction, it did become a tad bit scratchy but this was the only time I came across this.

You can do reverse writing which produced a thin line but it was super scratchy and did not make for enjoyable writing at all.

Overall I think this is a good pen but my stumbling block is the price, its £120 and for me, I am unsure if the overall experience justifies that cost. You are getting fairly close to the cost of a Lamy 2000 (which is one of my favourite pens) or other worthy pen resulting in choosing the better of the two. Otherwise, a great pen!