Fountain Pen Review: Platinum Procyon Maki-e, Brush Warbler on Plum Tree

As Ana noted yesterday, there are many reasons we collect pens. Sometimes I’m attracted to a pen because I love how it feels in my hand, or the way the nib writes. Sometimes I’m attracted because it’s just gosh darn pretty. Several weeks ago I spied the Platinum Procyon Maki-e, Brush Warbler on Plum Tree…

Fountain Pen Review: Platinum Procyon (Citron Yellow, M Nib)

I’m going to cut to the chase and give my opinion before I even start on this review of the Platinum Procyon ($52.80): I don’t like it. After reading Jaclyn’s review, I thought for sure I would enjoy the pen but at every turn, I was annoyed. Let’s start with the price point compared to…

What’s Up with the Platinum Carbon Desk Pen?

What’s Up with the Platinum Carbon Desk Pen?

I often recommend the Platinum Carbon Desk Pen to artists, designers, illustrators — anyone who wants to draw with a fountain pen. First, it’s a relatively inexpensive fountain pen — usually under $20. Next, it ships with Platinum Carbon Black ink which is permanent and perfect for mixed media uses. Finally, the tip is very…

Pen Review: The Procyon’s Place in the Platinum Line

Pen Review: The Procyon’s Place in the Platinum Line

I’ve been carrying the Platinum Procyon around for almost an entire week trying to figure out what to make of it. Let’s start from the beginning, which is well before the Procyon showed up in my mailbox. Pre-Procyon, my experience with Platinum was limited to my Platinum Preppies ($4 pen) and my Platinum 3776s (nearly…

Pen Review: Platinum Prefounte Fountain Pen

Pen Review: Platinum Prefounte Fountain Pen

The Prefounte ($10) is a new entry-level fountain pen from Platinum. It features a similar design to the Preppy but with an upgraded metal clip and more sophisticated body colors. The Prefounte pen comes in retail display packaging with one cartridge. The pen is large enough for a converter and it’s probably possible to eyedropper…

Fountain Pen Review: Platinum PTL 5000A Balance

Review by Jessica Coles The Platinum 5000-A Balance caught my eye a couple weeks ago when I noticed it had a gold nib.  That’s not actually a remarkable thing in itself; Platinum makes many excellent gold nibbed pens. However, I was looking at pens sorted by price.  There was no way I had scrolled down far enough…