Posts filed under Platinum

Platinum Kanazawa Leaf Red Mt. Fuji Fountain Pen Review

Platinum Kanazawa Leaf Red Mt. Fuji Fountain Pen Review

We each have a style that is unique to us, and that translates into the stationery we use. For me, it’s extra fine nibs, silver trim, and bright colors - among other things - that I enjoy the most in fountain pens. So adding something like a Platinum Kanazawa Leaf fountain pen to my arsenal takes a bit more consideration on my part.

Let’s get this out of the way right up front: These pens are downright stunning. I chose the Red Mt. Fuji model, but I could have picked any of them and been happy with the artwork. Kanazawa Leaf is named after the city in Japan which is known for their long history of gold leaf production and craftsmanship. For example, this pen depicts the golden sunrise around Mt. Fuji, which is surrounded by silver clouds. It’s difficult to not stop in the middle of writing and just take in the artwork.

Platinum Kanazawa Leaf Red Mt. Fuji Fountain Pen

That’s a little bit of the hangup in purchasing a pen like this to be honest. Not that you shouldn’t stop and appreciate the artwork as often as possible, but rather, you can’t let the artwork stop you from using the pen at all.

Platinum Kanazawa Leaf Fountain Pen

It took me many years of using fountain pens to be comfortable with actually using them in any and all situations. This goes back to my original Nakaya purchase. I wanted one badly, but it took me years to come to grips with being comfortable using a piece of art that cost a lot of money. Once I got comfortable with using the pen for what it is actually made for - writing - did the anxiety lift from my life.

While the Platinum Kanazawa Leaf fountain pen costs a fraction of a Nakaya, I struggled with the same thoughts. Will I damage the artwork on the barrel? Will that keep me from using it? Is this pen made to be looked at and not used?

No, no, and resoundingly no.

Platinum Kanazawa Leaf Fountain Pen Writing

Part of falling in love with a pen is making it yours. The more you use an urushi-finish Nakaya, the more it changes color. It becomes more a part of you. The same goes for the Kanazawa Leaf finish. It will wear with use, but that is a positive in my book. The artwork will always be a story the pen has, but the inevitable change in the artwork through use will be your story. What did you create with this pen? Whats words did you write? What art did you make?

Creating new stories is why it is important for me to use the products I buy.

Platinum Kanazawa Leaf Fountain Pen Review

Wow, that was a really big digression to tell you I am thoroughly enjoying using this pen. It features a lightweight black plastic barrel and an 18k gold nib. It is lighter and thinner than the base 3776 models, and the nib is more plain. I think those decisions were made to keep the overall price down and focus on the artwork. I’m a bit surprised that it lands under $200 to be honest - I would have guessed a bit higher.

Platinum Kanazawa Leaf Fountain Pen Notebook

As I alluded to up top, black and gold pens are not normally my thing. But this is much more than a black and gold pen. I even used an ink color I wouldn’t normally, because I thought it would work well with this pen. Platinum Classic Forest Black flows perfectly from the fine nib, and matches the aesthetic perfectly for me.

In the end, I’ve found the Platinum Kanazawa Leaf fountain pen to fall into the every day carry category of pens for me. One with a bit extra, at that.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


Enjoy reading The Pen Addict? Then consider becoming a member to receive additional weekly content, giveaways, and discounts in The Pen Addict shop. Plus, you support me and the site directly, for which I am very grateful.

Membership starts at just $5/month, with a discounted annual option available. To find out more about membership click here and join us!

Platinum Kanazawa Leaf Fountain Pen Writing
Posted on September 23, 2019 and filed under Platinum, Fountain Pens, Pen Reviews.

Platinum #3776 Century Rokka Fountain Pen: A Review

Platinum #3776 Century Rokka Fountain Pen Review

(Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog Scribalishess.)

The Platinum #3776 Century Rokka is the third in the Fuji Shinkei series. The word “rokka” refers to a hexagonal snowflake that resembles a flower. Thus, the surface of this pen is textured with snowflake engravings that sparkle when sunlight hits the facets.

Platinum #3776 Century Rokka Fountain Pen

The shape of Mt. Fuji appears in the finial, so it is as though the pen represents the ice and snow surrounding the hallowed mountain peak.

Platinum #3776 Century Rokka Fountain Pen Finial

The pen arrives in a hinged, cardboard box with a white satin-like interior. Included with the pen are a card that introduces the Rokka, a warranty card, and a Platinum brochure.

Packaging.jpg

Like other #3776 pens, the Rokka is a cigar shape. It’s a medium-sized pen, measuring 140mm/5.5 inches capped, 119mm/4.7 inches uncapped, and 155mm/6.1 inches posted. The grip diameter is 10.3mm and the barrel is 15.4mm at its widest. It weighs 10 grams uncapped and 20 grams posted (empty). This is not a heavy pen, so it should be comfortable for most writers.

Platinum #3776 Century Rokka

All the pen’s accents are rhodium plated--a good choice for a pen meant to evoke ice and snow. The cap has Platinum’s understated clip and a ring engraved with “#3776 Century Platinum Made in Japan.” The limited edition number is quite hard to see. It is engraved on the finial on the side opposite the clip. Mine is #1869 out of 2500.

Platinum #3776 Century Rokka Cap
Platinum #3776 Century Rokka Limited Edition

The main body of the pen is engraved with the snowflake design, but the grip and bottom finial are smooth.

Platinum #3776 Century Rokka Barrel

My pen came with a 14K gold rhodium-plated soft-medium nib. The nib design follows the usual #3776 style with basic flourishes, a “P” for Platinum, 14K, and the nib type: SM.

Platinum #3776 Century Rokka Nib

This is a cartridge/converter pen. One blue cartridge and a converter are provided. I filled my Rokka with Bungubox First Love Sapphire. It looks gorgeous through the snowflake facets, and the blue works well with the ice and snow theme.

Platinum #3776 Century Rokka Ink

I’ve been using the Rokka daily for about one month, and it does not disappoint. I absolutely love the soft medium nib. It’s wet, smooth, and bouncy, and it starts up immediately with every use. The soft-medium is such a pleasure to write with because it moves with your finger pressure. Soft-medium nibs don’t flex, but they have a bounce to them that is soothing compared to hard-as-rock nibs. It feels like the nib is a part of your hand, working with you instead of against you.

Platinum #3776 Century Rokka Writing

I own several Platinum pens, and all of them have exceeded my expectations except for one--a Platinum Nice whose rose-gold plating tarnished and the nib assembly came apart. The Rokka joins my other Platinums as a treasured pen that I will reach for often. I highly recommend this limited edition model if you can still find it. JetPens has a few remaining in stock in extra-fine and fine for $325.00.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


Enjoy reading The Pen Addict? Then consider becoming a member to receive additional weekly content, giveaways, and discounts in The Pen Addict shop. Plus, you support me and the site directly, for which I am very grateful.

Membership starts at just $5/month, with a discounted annual option available. To find out more about membership click here and join us!

Platinum #3776 Century Rokka Review
Posted on September 13, 2019 and filed under Platinum, Fountain Pens, Pen Reviews.

Platinum Plaisir Black Mist Fountain Pen Review

Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen Review

(Jeff Abbott is a regular contributor at The Pen Addict. You can find more from Jeff online at Draft Evolution and Twitter.)

A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Platinum Procyon — a mid-tier fountain pen that had a very similar nib to the Platinum Preppy. At over $50, it can be a tough sell if you include the fact that it doesn't include a converter or any ink cartridges. On the other hand, the Platinum Preppy line is much cheaper, but they also look the part. Fortunately, the Platinum Plaisir is an upgrade to the thin plastic Preppy in the form of a sleek aluminum body and cap.

Platinum Plaisir Black Mist Fountain Pen Review

The Plaisir is a much more affordable alternative to the Procyon (and other higher end Platinums) that combines the best of the Preppy with higher quality materials in the body and cap. In short, it's a Preppy that doesn't look like a disposable pen. It's less than $20 and comes in a variety of colors, so you can probably find one that suits your tastes as long as you can get on board with the general aesthetic.

The outside of the pen features a thin aluminum material that has a nice texture that makes it grippy and fingerprint-resistant. The shape is pleasant and it feels great in the hand due to how light it is. The cap is a snap fit that works beautifully. Platinum call this the "Slip and Seal" system (same system they use on the Preppy), meaning the cap makes a great seal with the grip section so that the nib doesn't dry out between uses. I've let this pen sit for 6 weeks (on purpose) to test this feature out, and I was amazed at how it performed. It started writing immediately with no skips or fuss.

Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen

Moving on the cap of the pen, it is made of the same aluminum material and finish, but features a somewhat cheap looking band. I'm really not a fan of the band, and I think Platinum could fix this by subduing the shine a tad. It just screams chrome and detracts from the overall value of the pen. It's also quite tall, which could also be corrected. At first glance, it looks like a part that wasn't quite designed for the pen, but it happened to fit as a kludge. I've toyed with the idea of altering the band, but it's just not worth it for me.

On the plus side, the clip is exceptionally strong, which is a huge improvement over the Preppy's weak, plastic clip. Once you secure this pen to something, it's not going to budge.

Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen Barrel

Moving to the inside, you'll notice that the grip section looks an awful lot like the Preppy. That's because it's the same component! This is great because you can easily swap out the nib/grip assembly for another nib size. Surprisingly, the plastic section and nib don't look out of place next to the aluminum body. In fact, they dress up quite nicely.

Writing with this pen is exactly as you'd expect coming from a Preppy. The nib is smooth and reliable, and the grip is easy to hold and maneuver. I prefer the feel of the aluminum on my hand instead of the plastic of the Preppy since the plastic tends to get slightly slippery with natural oils over time.

Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen Comparison

Along with the pen, you get one single black ink cartridge. It's not much, but it's also a $15-$18 pen, so you can't expect much. Of course, you can pick up other cartridges or a converter to customize your writing experience.

The Plaisir is a good value as long as you can get over the aesthetic (I'm still struggling) and you're already a big fan of the Preppy nib and grip assembly. At the sub-$20 price point, any manufacturer has an enormous challenge when selling against the venerable Pilot Metropolitan. It's almost impossible to compete with the level of quality and writing experience for the price. If it's my 20 bucks, I'm going to pick the Metropolitan every time.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


Enjoy reading The Pen Addict? Then consider becoming a member to receive additional weekly content, giveaways, and discounts in The Pen Addict shop. Plus, you support me and the site directly, for which I am very grateful.

Membership starts at just $5/month, with a discounted annual option available. To find out more about membership click here and join us!

Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen Writing
Posted on August 28, 2019 and filed under Platinum, Fountain Pens, Pen Reviews.