Cult Pens Mini Fountain Pen - Part 2

This is more like a follow-up review, so I would really recommend reading my original review of the Cult-Pens Mini by clicking here.

From what I can gather, this is pretty much the same pen as the original with regards to materials and design but is now available with two different finishes (Space Grey and Black). If you have followed this blog for any great length of time, you know I have an unhealthy obsession with the colour grey so I naturally went for the space grey finish and it's a fantastic finish!

I have had this pen for a few months now and for the most part, it has been an enjoyable experience. In saying this though, I have encountered a few hiccups. I definitely have had more hard-starts with this pen compared to the original. It does seem to take a little bit of work to get it started but once it gets going its fine. 

Additionally, I have found that the odd time when I go to unscrew the cap, it is also unscrewing part of the section. It doesn’t happen all the time but in the same breathe, its happened a fair number of times, therefore, in need of a mention. 

With regards to the nib, I went for a fine to have something on the opposite scale to the bold I reviewed the first time. It has been a very enjoyable writing experience (minus the odd hard starts) which produces a smooth line with a width very similar to that of a fine on a Lamy Safari.

A great feature of the Mini is that it takes a Kaweco nib unit meaning it is really easy to purchase additional nib units or swap out with your existing Kaweco pens (I'm pretty sure every pen addict has at least one Kaweco in their collection!)

Overall, based on my time using both the latest and previous Cult-Pens Mini, this is a really good pocket fountain pen. It's really light, small and super durable so if you need a fountain pen that you can throw in a pocket or backpack without having to worry about it getting destroyed, the Mini is for you!

** I did receive this unit at no cost for reviewing purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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.