Platinum #3776 Century (Rhodium Trim) with Music Nib

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Every so often, you come across a pen that you think will be pretty boring, only for it to surprise you. This is definitely one of those pens.

With regards to the looks of the #3776, it really doesn’t set the world on fire. A fairly standard black cigar shape with rhodium trim (which helps breakup the all black affair).

The weight took me by surprise as it is a heavier pen than I thought it would be. I should point out that I don’t mean this as a negative, the #3776 is very well balanced with or without the cap. During a writing session, it is a very comfortable pen to hold.

Were this goes from being a fairly standard (but enjoyable) pen to one that everyone should own is when you start to write with it. The music nib along with the feed creates one of the best writing experiences I have had in a long time. I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect as I thought it was just going to be like using a stub nib, which in certain parts it is. However, you really can push a fair amount of line variation out of the nib. Additionally the feed worked like a champ, even when I was pushing the nib, it didn’t skip a beat, not once.

It is a smooth writing experience if not just a tad bit rough in the left and up strokes, but I almost feel like I'm nitpicking with that.

One thing to be aware of is that there is a lot of ink laid down when writing (it is a music nib after all!), so this probably makes the music nib not a great choice as a everyday nib.

You can do reverse writing which produces a finer line but its super scratchy.

The refill mechanism is either via a cartridge or converter, though I really would recommend using a converter as it will open up a world of options for you via bottled ink. 

Overall I really appreciate Mr Scribble sending me this pen to review. I really am convinced that if you are into fountain pens, you should own one of these. Since I have sent it back to Mr Scribble, I have actually bought my own. I went for Chartres Blue version which I love.

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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.