on salePlatinum Preppy Fountain Pen - Blue

Product Code Plat-PSQ-300-03-2

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on salePlatinum Preppy Fountain Pen - Blue

Product Code Plat-PSQ-300-03-2

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$6.00
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The Platinum Preppy fountain pen is one of the best values for the money! This is a fantastic starter fountain pen, or great for lending to a friend. This pen features a clear plastic body with blue accents, and a stainless steel nib. As a Japanese-made pen, the nib runs on the narrow side. The Preppy accepts proprietary Platinum ink cartridges (one blue cartridge is included) or a Platinum converter (sold separately) to fill with bottled ink.

By converting this pen to an eyedropper, you can fill the entire barrel with ink for maximum ink capacity! All you need to do is add an o-ring and a small amount of silicone grease to the threads (available separately).

Click here to shop all compatible Platinum ink cartridges.

Condition
New
Brand
Platinum
Type
Fountain Pens
Color
Blue
Demonstrator

Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.

Yes
Body Material
Resin
Cap Type

How the cap is opened/closed from the barrel of the pen. Some common options include Snap-Cap, Screw-Cap, Magnetic Cap, or Capless (no cap).

Snap-cap
Compatible inks & refills

Which ink this pen will accept. Choices include bottled ink and various styles of pre-filled ink cartridges.

Bottled inks, Proprietary Platinum ink cartridges
Filling Mechanism

How the pen fills with ink. Click here to watch our video tutorial on common filling mechanisms.

Cartridge, Converter, Eyedropper
Grip Material
Resin
Nib Size
Extra-Fine, Fine, Medium
Nib Color
Silver
Nib Material
Steel
Postable

Whether or not the cap fits securely onto the back of the barrel when open.

Yes
Retractable

Whether or not the nib/tip can retract into the body of the pen (usually for click or twist-open style pens).

No
Trim
Blue
Diameter - Body
12mm (0.5in)
Diameter - Cap (without clip)
13mm (0.5in)
Diameter - Cap (with clip)
17mm (0.7in)
Diameter - Grip (mm)

Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.

10.0mm
Length - Body

The measurement from the back end of the barrel to the tip of the nib.

122mm (4.8in)
Length - Cap
59.7mm (2.3in)
Length - Nib

The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.

14.5mm (0.6in)
Length - Overall (Closed)
138mm (5.4in)
Length - Overall (Posted)

When the cap of the pen is posted onto the back of the pen body, this is the measurement of the entire pen including the nib.

154mm (6.1in)
Weight - Body

If a converter is included with the pen, this weight is reflected in the total.

9g (0.3oz)
Weight - Cap
4g (0.1oz)
Weight - Overall (g)
13.0g
Max Ink Capacity - Cartridge

The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using a cartridge.

1.43ml
Max Ink Capacity - Converter

The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using a converter.

0.98ml
Max Ink Capacity - Eyedropper

The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when filling the entire barrel of the pen via eyedropper.

4.33ml

Customer Reviews

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Rob C.
What a great find!

As with many others, I have heard Brian and Drew talking about the Preppy so I finally added it and the O rings to my order. I went straight to the eyedropper fill and I used my new Yama-Budo. Wow! This medium nib wrote plenty smooth and wet and might be better than my safari with a broad nib. I'm leaning toward the broad nibs but this pen did not disappoint. Thanks for the great recommendation.

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Lori

The Platinum Preppy is an excellent first fountain pen. It is inexpensive, yet writes smoothly. I have purchased 2 or 3 Preppy pens, and all of them write smoothly.

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Lori

The Platinum Preppy is an excellent first fountain pen. It is inexpensive, yet writes smoothly. I have purchased 2 or 3 Preppy pens, and all of them write smoothly.

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Anonymous
Delightful!

While the Preppy steel nib (Medium) won't win top honors, it is sufficiently smooth and substantial. I loved turning this into an eyedropper, which was a breeze. I put a modest amount (a sample) of ink this time but will fill it generously in the future, as it has capacity to hold a lot of ink. No leakage issue, no issues at all. I'm satisfied and delighted with this purchase. A good beginner's pen, workhorse pen, informal pen, and you certainly can't beat the price!

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Anonymous
Surprising Pen

It is surprising how good this pen is compared to pens much more expensive. I kept hearing Drew praise this on his videos and he is right. The medium is actually a fine medium (much like other Japanese pens) which I really like. The fact that this pen can be an eye dropper and take converters while it comes with a cartridge ink is another reason to buy this pen.

FAQs about Fountain Pens

How do I fill a fountain pen with ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

It depends on the pen's filling mechanism, which you can find in the Technical Specs section above. 

Here's a quick definition of the most common filling mechanisms:

  • Cartridge - A small, disposable, sealed plastic reservoir that holds fountain pen ink. These come pre-filled with ink, and typically you just push to insert them into place and you'll be ready to write! Check out our quick guide here.
  • Converter - A detachable and refillable ink reservoir that allows you to use bottled ink in a cartridge-accepting pen. Typically you will install the converter into the grip section, dip the nib/feed into the ink, and twist or pull the converter knob to draw ink into the converter. Here's a video for how to fill a cartridge/converter pen using a LAMY pen as an example.
  • Eyedropper - A pen that utilizes the entire barrel as a reservoir for ink. Ink is directly filled into the barrel, allowing for a high ink capacity. Here's a video on how to do it!
  • Piston - A type of filling system that uses a retracting plunger inside a sealed tube to draw ink into a pen. They are typically either twist or push-operated. These pens cannot accept cartridges or a converter, and only fill from bottled ink.
  • Vacuum - A push-style piston that uses pressure to fill the large pen body with ink. They seal the ink chamber when closed, making it ideal for flying without risk of leaking. Check out our video on how to use a vac filler here.

Check out more info on these filling mechanisms including a video on how to fill each one on our blog.

How do I clean a fountain pen? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

It depends on the filling mechanism, but it mostly comes down to flushing it out with water, and sometimes a little bit of Pen Flush if the ink is really stuck. 

It's a bit easier to show than to tell, so we've put together a few quick videos showing you the process:

How often do I need to clean my fountain pen? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

We recommend a good cleaning every 2 weeks, and any time you change ink colors. 

Water will usually do the trick, but we recommend you use our Goulet Pen Flush if the ink has been left in the pen for a while and could have dried up, or when you’re switching ink colors.

My pen won’t write! What do I do? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

First things first... make sure you have ink in the pen! Be sure that the ink cartridge or converter is seated properly in the pen, and that you aren't out of ink.

We always recommend you give your pen a good cleaning first, using our Goulet Pen Flush, or a drop of dish soap in some water. New pens often have some machining oil residue left in the feed, so a good cleaning often does the trick first.

If that still doesn't work, try priming the feed. This consists of either dipping your pen nib and feed in ink, or forcing ink from the converter down into the feed. 

If it’s still not working after that, please reach out to us so we can help! 

What's your return policy? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

You can submit a return request within 30 days of your order date. You can read all our Return Policies here.

To initiate a return, please submit a request at the Return Portal. Our Customer Care team might reach out to you for more information.

Please note we are unable to accept a return of any Namiki or Sailor Bespoke fountain pen for any reason once it has been used with ink. Please thoroughly inspect and dry test the pen before use.