Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen 0.5mm

This review of the Platinum Preppy is proudly brought to you by the ever kind people over at Cult Pens.  This is a really cheap fountain pen costing only £3.25 but what makes this fountain pen really stand out is the fact that if you aren’t too keen on the Platinum ink cartridges, you can purchase a Platinum International Adapter for £1.50 that will allow the use of international standard size cartridges.  The Preppy, can also be purchased in an array of different coloured barrels and nibs.

As soon as I received the Platinum Preppy I plugged in the supplied ink cartridge which looks smart in the Preppy as it is made of clear plastic (both barrel and cap).  The plastic barrel does feel a tad bit light so I would be unsure of the long term durability.  I have been using this fountain pen on and off for a few weeks now and I have had quite a few issues with it in relation to ink.  It took some time for the Preppy to start writing once I clicked the cartridge in. When it did start to write, I noticed that the ink was flowing through the barrel and onto the actual nib of the pen.  I found this out as my fingers started to get covered in ink. There has also been a lot of dried ink starting to appear in the cap of the pen also.  I have been leaving the pen on its side so this could be contributing to the above issues.

I’m not to sure how I feel about the Preppy.  I understand it is a very cheap fountain pen to purchase but with the issues I have been having I wonder would it be better to try another alternative.  The Pilot VPen (V4) (£3.64 from Cult Pens).

If you have had a Preppy and what to share your views, please feel free to post in the comments field.  I would love to hear from you.