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Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen Review

Product Review of the Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pens

When asked which pen is the best starter fountain pen I would bet most fountain pen enthusiasts would recommend either the Lamy Safari or the Pilot Metropolitan. Both of these fountain pens are great starter pens and very popular but there are other options within the same price range($15-$30). One such great starter pen is the Platinum Plaisir fountain pen.

Although the Platinum Pen Company also makes the Platinum Preppy fountain pen which retails for $3.96, this review will focus on the Platinum Plaisir fountain pen. We will discuss what makes this pen so great, what it is made from, what comes with the pen and how it compares.

Review of the Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen

What's Included

Not much. The Platinum Plaisir fountain pen comes with no packaging, just a plastic sleeve and the initial presentation leaves much to be desired. The pen is a cartridge style fountain pen and one Platinum ink cartridge is included but no ink converter. You can purchase a Platinum 500 ink converter for the pen if you want to use bottled inks. The Platinum pens use their own proprietary ink cartridges and converters. They do however have a small conversion adapter if you want to use standard international ink cartridges. As far as the competition, the Lamy Safari does not come with an ink converter while the Pilot Metropolitan does.

Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen Cap Review

Anatomy - Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen Review

The Platinum Plaisir fountain pen is made from an aluminum cap and barrel with a clear plastic grip section. One nice thing about the clear grip section is you are able to see the feed and the ink within the fountain pen. This gives you the ability to see the ink level and color of the ink. With the Lamy Safari fountain pen there is a small window within the barrel of the pen to view the ink and the Pilot Metropolitan does not come with a window.

The aluminum body and cap have a high gloss finish that comes in several different colors and chrome colored accents. The cap on the Platinum Plaisir fountain pen is a snap-off cap that has a chrome clip with a center stripe matching the color of the pen. A nice wide chrome colored aluminum band is at the bottom of the cap. The Pilot Metropolitan is lightweight aluminum while the Lamy Safari is plastic. All three pens are fairly lightweight fountain pens.

There is very little in the way of branding on the pen. Around the chrome band on the bottom of the cap is engraved "Platinum Japan" on one side and "Plaisir" on the other. It doesn't stand out much and actually just looks like a design engraved on the cap until closer inspection.

Platinum Plaisir Nib ReviewThe Platinum Plaisir fountain pens come with a stainless steel nib which is the same as the Pilot Metropolitan and the Lamy Safari fountain pens. Each nib on the Platinum Plaisir fountain pen is color coordinated with the cap and barrel although not always an exact match. Some nibs will match exactly and others are just coordinated. I am not sure for the reasoning on this but regardless I think the color coordinated nibs is a nice touch.

So the nib looks great, but how does it write? The one feature that I really like on the Platinum pens is their patented "Slip & Seal" technology. One problem with fountain pens is when they are not used over extended periods of time the ink in the pen can dry out. I have left some fountain pens just a week and they have dried out on me. Once this happens you have to clean or flush the pen to get it working again. Platinum Pens claim their "Slip & Seal" cap keeps their fountain pens from drying out, allowing you to leave the pen filled for long periods of time. I wanted to test this so I purposely filled the Platinum Plaisir fountain pen and left it for weeks without using it. Every time I grabbed the pen to use it, the ink was fresh and ready to write. I have not had an issue with it drying out on me at all. The pen writes smoothly and lays down plenty of ink and I enjoy the way it writes. The Platinum "Slip & Seal" feature comes with every Platinum fountain pen including the inexpensive pens like the Platinum Preppy and the Platinum Plaisir. This feature reduces maintenance and is especially great for a beginner or starter fountain pen.

Pros of the Platinum Plaisir fountain pen:
  • Price - Great starter pen. Fairly inexpensive fountain pen.
  • Slip & Seal - Fountain pen lasts longer without drying out.
  • Writing/Nib - Smooth wet nib. Color coordinated nib to match the pen cap and body.

Cons of the Platinum Plaisir fountain pen:
  • Packaging - No packaging and no ink converter included with the pen. Not a big deal, it's about the pen not the packaging, right.

Conclusion - Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen Review

The Platinum Plaisir fountain pen is not impressive on first look with it's lack of packaging. The pen itself though has a nice glossy finish and sturdy aluminum construction. The fountain pen writes well and with the "Slip & Seal" it is always ready and lays down a nice wet line. If you are looking for a great inexpensive fountain pen I highly recommend the Platinum Plaisir fountain pen.

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Specs of the Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pens

Length: 5.625 in.
Posted Length: 6.000 in.
Diameter: 0.550 in.
Weight: 0.500 oz.
Body/Trim: Aluminum
FillType: Cartridge(Converter not included)



Platinum Plaisir Reviews from our Customers

See what our customers have to say about the Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pens. Don't just take our word for it, read actual customer reviews of the product and see what they think.
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I have several Platinum pens and love them all - and this one certainly did not disappoint either. Beautiful red metallic barrel. This pen has a much lighter feel to it than my other platinum pens, but definitely still a quality pen and great for the price. As all of my Platinum pens, this one always writes smoothly the first time, every time, even after not using for a week. Beautiful color pairing with Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink! Makes me happy!!

Jonesborough, TN
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great pen, I bought the extra fine this time but I think I will move to the medium next because it is really fine as it says.

Albany, NY
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Very nice pen. Just the right weight for me. Good for everyday use.
If you use cartridges, you need to remember that Platinum pens use only Platinum cartridges.

Mexico , ME
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I love my pen. It has been a while since I have used a fountain pen.

Thanks for the excellent customer service.

Cleveland, AZ
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This is a solid, durable travel pen that does not mind getting knocked around. I had bought this in a Fine nib, not realizing this was a Japanese nib, producing a narrower line. Platinum makes great interchangeable nibs, so I put a Medium Preppy nib on the Plaisir, and it works fine. The orange color is very distinctive.

High Point, NC
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This is my new favorite replacement for the Pilot Metropolitan. The grip is much more comfortable than the Metro and the transparent grip gives one a good view of the ink you're using. The nibs are easily swapped with the Platinum Preppy, so it's possible to expand one's nib options.

Apple Valley, MN
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This completes my Plaisir collection. I now own all of the colors! I mainly use these with Diamine shimmering inks. They write smoothly and I have no problems with ink feed. I will say however, that with organics studios sheening inke it just GLIDES !

Rye Brook, NY
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I purchased the gunmetal version of this pen. It’s very shiny, almost mirror finished. I did not expect that. That being said, it looks fine.

The pen is light weight, and reasonably sized. It works well posted or unposted. The snap cap is really satisfying to operate. It came with a Platinum Black cartridge, and can be used with Platinum cartridges, platinum converters, or the standard international adapter. I’m using platinum blue black cartridges in mine.

The flow is really great in this pen - just slightly wet. The nib is nice and fine, which I like, and it’s incredibly smooth. I have pens that cost 3mtimes as much as this that aren’t as smooth. It’s really incredible.

Apple Valley, MN
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Color I received does not match what I ordered, writes really well but the color of pen I got I will not use probably give as a gift.

Ruffin, NC
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It writes smoothly, one of the best steel nibs I have ever used (smoother than Monteverde One Tool, Parker Sonnet and Sheaffer Prelude, on par with Kaweco Lilliput). However, the nib does not have the barrel matching color as it used to be (just a steel color...), which is a huge let down for me... But when I mentioned my disappointment to Pen Chalet customer service, and they gave me an offer I can't refuse. 6 stars for the customer service.

Arden Hills, MN
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