There is something about the Platinum 3776 Century that separates it from other pens. What that ‘something’ is exactly is difficult to put into words. Is it the look and style? Is it the nib? Is it the nearly 100 years the company has been in business? It is easy to say all of the above, but there is no one thing that sets the 3776 apart. It’s all of it together, and it just works. What more can you ask for in a fountain pen?
Well, there is a little more, and in this case, it is the wonderfully pink and rose gold Platinum 3776 Century Nice Lilas. From the moment I saw pictures of this pen I knew it was going to be great, and now that I have it in hand I can confirm: It is awesome.
If you know me at all then you know I love pink pens, so yes, I am biased towards this color. That said, I don’t think there is a translucent color I wouldn’t like in this design. The frosted finish gives it a unique look, and the grooved barrel makes it shine. I’m not normally a fan of rose gold accents, but even I have to admit it is the perfect match for this pen.
Writing with Platinum pens is always a treat, and this one is no different. Perfect out of the box, the nib sings across the page. My loaner was a Medium nib, and it also comes in Fine and Broad. Japanese Medium nibs are the perfect writing size in my opinion, providing excellent line width and laying down enough ink to show off whatever properties your favorite ink has.
If there is any downside to this particular model it is that the barrel ridges are sharp. It didn’t affect me at all when writing, but it is something I noticed while just holding the pen in my hand. Also, don’t buy this pen for the Limited Edition aspect of it. Platinum did a weird thing by not numbering the pen, but rather including a numbered blotter card in the box to denote the first 2000 units. The Nice Lilas looks to be part of Platinum’s regular lineup, at least by how they are offering this pen so far. And I don’t know why they include their silver trim converter instead of the gold, which would of course match the pen better.
This is a beautiful pen and a joy to write with. I said from the get go that I would pass on buying one of these because I have enough pink pens and enough 3776 pens, but I’m more tempted than ever after using it. It’s fantastic all the way around.
(Goulet Pens provided this product on loan to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)
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