Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Review: Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen 02 EF

Ever since the EF nib was announced by Platinum for their preppy series last year, I have been trying to get my hands on one. Sadly, not many local dealers wanted to carry it, and buying it online meant paying twice the value of the pen for shipping, or more. So when I found out from fellow SFPL members that a local dealer brought in a batch, I rushed down to get it, only to be told that all existing stock was reserved.

Fast forward a few months to today, I happened to chance upon the shop again, while looking for Parker Blue Black cartridges. Trying my luck, I asked if the Preppy 02 was in stock, the same counter staff immediately replied no, while another staff quietly pulled out a box of them. You guys have to teach me that secret handshake to buy things there, or I'll never get anything from them...

Enough ranting back to the review, the pen itself has a slightly different appearance than the 03 and 05 version, but the basic design is the same.

Out-of-the-box, the nib was very scratchy and had too much feedback for me to write comfortably. Some light smoothing with a buffing stick, however, resolved most of that.

Fitted with a standard platinum cartridges, the ink flow was smooth and consistent when writing fast.

A quick run on lesser quality paper suggests that the pen is good for cheap papers, with no feathering or bleed through. With similar dimensions as the rest of the preppy family, the EF nib and section is also interchangeable with the Plasir for a more presentable look.

Overall, I prefer the 02 nib over the 03 and 05 nibs. However, it does take some getting used to, and some knowledge of adjusting nibs is needed to get it working properly. Beginners might want to get comfortable with the 03 and 05 nibs before attempting this nib. Compared to the rivaling pilot penmanship, I prefer the Preppy 02 for its shorter design and better out-of-the-box ink flow.