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Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen Review

Product Review of the Platinum Preppy Fountain Pens

If you are just starting using fountain pens or want to know what all the hype is about, the Platinum Preppy fountain pen is a great option. With a retail price of $3.96 it's hard to beat the price. In this review of the Platinum Preppy fountain pen we will discuss what we like or do not like about the pen.

Platinum Preppy fountain pen review

Packaging and Branding

The Platinum Preppy fountain pen comes in a box of 12 pens with no individual packaging. If you buy a single pen there is no packaging at all. What else would you expect with such a low price tag though.

Platinum Preppy fountain pen cap reviewThe Platinum Preppy fountain pen is branded with printing on the barrel of the pen. Some users say you can remove the printed items and are left with a clear transparent barrel. The pen is printed with the Preppy logo and size in one spot. It also has a UPC printed with the color and some Japanese characters. I can't read Japanese so don't know what it says. It just clutters the design of the pen. I would prefer to have a small sleeve, box or piece of cardboard attached with this information rather than on the pen. Personally I think that the plain look would be better and all this informational printing is a big minus for the pen.

Pen Design

The Platinum Preppy fountain pen comes with a clear snap on cap and barrel made from a poly carbonate material. The pen comes several different color options. Each color has a color top to the cap and clip with a color coordinated nib and ink cartridge. I like the way the nib is painted to match the ink color and the clip on the pen. I think that is a nice touch. Since the pen is a clear transparent plastic the only color is on these few accents. When the ink is inserted into the pen you can see the color of the cartridge inside the pen.

Like all of the Platinum Pens, the Platinum Preppy comes with the patented "Slip & Seal" mechanism inside the cap. Because the cap is transparent you can actually see the mechanism as it works. There is a spring loaded interior cap that seals the nib and keeps the ink from drying out. This is a great feature of Platinum Pens. It allows you to leave the fountain pen for long periods of time without the ink drying out. This is definite plus to this inexpensive pen.

Nib & Performance

Platinum Preppy fountain pen nib reviewThe nib used on the Platinum Preppy is the same nib and feed used on the Platinum Plaisir fountain pen. You can actually unscrew the entire grip section and swap them on the two pens. This is good to know if you ever wanted to replace a nib on the Platinum Plasir pen for cheap.

The nib is available in either a fine or medium tip. The pen writes well and because of the "Slip & Seal" the pen seems to never dry out and writes with plenty of ink. For a starter pen the Platinum Preppy writes well.

Pros of the Platinum Preppy fountain pen:
  • Price - This is a great starter pen and at the price a cheap fountain pen.
  • Slip & Seal - Love that the pen does not dry out.

Cons of the Platinum Preppy fountain pen:
  • Packaging and Branding - Because there is no packaging they print it on the pen which cheapens the look of the pen.

Conclusion to the Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen Review

Overall a great starter pen for anyone who wants to just try a fountain pen and see what it is like. Not a huge fan of the printing on the pen. I feel it would look better as a plain, clear barrel without all of the extra info on the pen. Despite the few minor items with the look of the pen it writes well and is a reliable pen especially for the low ticket price.

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Specs of the Platinum Preppy Fountain Pens

Length: 5.450 in.
Posted Length: 6.125 in.
Diameter: 0.500 in.
Weight: 0.450 oz.
Body/Trim: Plastic
FillType: Cartridge(Converter not included)



Platinum Preppy Reviews from our Customers

See what our customers have to say about the Platinum Preppy 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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A fantastic fountain pen, whether you're a beginner or not. I typically remove the logos on these pens by buffing with Nevr-Dull cotton wadding. They offer a great experience and are inexpensive enough to give to folks who are interested in using fountain pens but are 'afraid'. It makes the whole world of fountain pens seem more approachable.
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Got this one for myself and it write excellent!
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Great entry level pen! Good to learn on and also awesome to eye dropper!
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Excellent fountain pen for first time users :)
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Preppys writes great, are inexpensive, can be easily converted to eyedroppers for a massive ink capacity. Need I say more?
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I bought this for my 9-year old, not expecting much. But the few times that I’ve used it, it surprised me with how well it writes. It is consistent and smooth, with that typical Platinum feedback. It’s a good value and an excellent starter pen for adults and children alike.
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Love my platinum preppy!!
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According to its price, this is an excellent pen. It writes so tiny and not scratchy at all.
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It's a Preppy. Best value for money fountain pen there is. Great pen to have round to test inks when you aren't sure if they will damage a pen. Great for handing out to people who want to try out fountain pens. Quality of the writing experience puts pens 20x it's price to shame. Can be eye droppered pretty easily for gigantic ink capacity.
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I love these pens, I'm amassing a small fleet of them. They are great for trying out new inks. The nib is the same great nib you see in other inexpensive Platinums like the Prefonte. The build of the pen guards against the ink drying out, so I'm free to have a boatload of inked pens without much maintenance. This is one of the best cost-for-value items I have ever bought. The only downsides are they look cheap and you need an adapter or a converter to use them with other companies' ink. The great thing is they come with a cartridge which you can empty and refill. I was planning on doing that but I ended up liking the Platinum ink so much I will just use it up. Cannot overstate how great these pens are.
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