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Fountain Pen Reviews – Comprehensive reviews of fountain pens from beginner class to high-end. Each review includes sections for Appearance and Packaging, Nib and Performance, the Feel, Pros and Cons, and a Wrap-up. Each image is clickable, and you are able to enlarge it to see all the small details.

Lamy Studio Platinum Grey 14k Nib Fountain Pen Review

Lamy Studio Platinum Grey
14k Nib Fountain Pen Review
– Handwritten Review –

  • Review Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji
  • Review Paper: Rhodia Graph Pad

Lamy Studio Fountain Pen Review-4116Specs:

  • Description: A modern cousin of the Lamy 2000 featuring a Safari style 14k gold nib
  • Nib: 14k gold, fine
  • Filling Mechanism: Lamy Converter (proprietary)
  • Weight: 4.6oz
  • Measurements:5.5″ capped, 6.2″ posted, 5.1″ uncapped
  • Color Options: Several

Writing Sample:

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Intro/About:

Lamy Studio Fountain Pen Review Black-6039I’ve been super on the fence about the Lamy Studio for years now. I think the most appealing part about it is the Safari / Al-Star style 14k gold nib. When I received the pen from Pen Chalet, the real test was to see if I was excited about the pen as a whole, or just the fact that I could trick out my Lamy Safari with an awesome gold nib… Read on to see how the Lamy Studio holds up!

Huge thanks to Ron at Pen Chalet for sending me a
Lamy Studio over for review!

Appearance & Packaging:

Lamy Studio Fountain Pen Review-4114The Lamy Studio comes in a nicely designed cardboard box, just like the Lamy 2000. I’ve said it about a million times now, but packaging isn’t a huge deal to me. The box is nice, not wasteful, and more than enough to make an impression should you decide to give this pen as a gift. The pen itself is a torpedo shaped, completely flush pen with a bright silver end cap on both the tail and cap of the pen. There’s a super glossy (fingerprint magnet) metal grip and propellor style clip made from the same material. There’s definitely a sense of style about the pen – it just looks sleek. I would say it looks like a Lamy 2000 that had to dress up for a slightly more formal occasion — less utilitarian and a bit more classy.

Nib Performance & Filling System:

Lamy Studio Fountain Pen Review Black-6055The shining star of this entire pen is the 14k nib. It’s the same style as that seen on the Safari / Al-Star / various other pens in the Lamy lineup. It can easily be removed for cleaning or swapping over to another pen.  It lays down a super wet, silky smooth line with just a tiny bit of cushion, courtesy of the 14k gold. I really like writing with this nib, and yes, I’ve already put a gold nib on a $24 Safari, and yes, it’s also great.

Lamy Studio Fountain Pen Review-4117Unlike the 2000, the Studio fills via a proprietary cartridge/converter. I’ve never had an issue with this Lamy filling system, and I don’t foresee any problems with this one either. I can’t help but compare this pen to the 2000 again, because for the same price you get an awesome piston filling mechanism.

Feel & Construction:

untitled-4118-2Feel. This is where my issues lie with the Studio. The platinum grey coating has a wonderful textured feel to it, but it all goes out the window thanks to the grip. The super shiny, fingerprint magnet of a grip is incredibly slippery. It makes it hard to hold the pen for long writing sessions, and even then it takes me a few tries to find a comfortable grip where I don’t feel as though I’m going to drop the pen. The Studio does come in several other finishes and materials with different grips. I’d definitely recommend checking one of those out over this version BUT most of the better performing  (hopefully) grips do not include the 14k gold nib.

Lamy Studio Fountain Pen Review-4123Overall, the finishing on the pen is pretty decent. There are no blemishes, the grip fits into the body nicely, the nib wrote well right out of the box. There’s a small gap when closing the cap that makes me feel like the pen isn’t completely closed. If you look closely, you can see the grip shining through in the image above. It’s not ideal, but I’ve yet to have the pen pop open. I’ve also found that the cap snags a little when being put back on. This could be user error, so just make sure you’re putting the cap straight on should you pick one up.

Pros:

  • 14k gold nib is great
  • Matte body texture is very nice
  • Sleek design

Cons:

  • Slippery grip
  • Some less-than-ideal finishing
  • Highly competitive price range

Conclusion:

Lamy Studio Fountain Pen Review Black-6066By this point, you may be able to tell that I’m not a huge fan of the Lamy Studio. It’s by no means a bad pen, but the $150ish price range is highly competitive and there are plenty of better options out there. If it was between this pen and the Lamy 2000, I couldn’t see myself recommending this over it. The pen is highlighted by its 14k gold nib, but the ergonomics and finishing have me swapping the nib over to an Al-Star before reaching for the Studio. Let me know in the comments below if you have a Lamy Studio, I’d love to hear your experience with the pen!

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Review Redux – Three Years with the Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen

Review Redux
Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen

  • Review Paper: Rhodia No. 18 Lined Pad

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Review Redux 2015-14Specs:

  • Time Owned: 3 Years (since 12/25/2012)
  • Nib: 14k platinum-coated gold
  • Material: Makrolon and brushed stainless steel
  • Filling Mechanism: Piston with nearly invisible tail knob
  • Weight: 25 grams
  • Measurements: 5.5″ closed, 6.0″ posted
  • Ink Capactiy: ~2ml
  • Link to Original Review

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Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Review Redux 2015-19Intro/About:

I’ve mentioned throughout the site that the Lamy 2000 is my favorite pen…and well, three years later it still is. The initial excitement over getting the pen has long since worn off. The purpose of these Review Reduxs is to show how a pen has held up over time, if I still enjoy it, how much use it gets, and if I’ve gotten my moneys worth. This is the first entry in an ongoing series, so check back regularly for more extended-use pen reviews!

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Review Redux 2015-8Appearance:

The 2000 has held up quite well over the last three years. The brushed Makrolon body does a reasonably well job of keeping scratches at bay, but it does show some scuffs. The matte finish has smoothed out a bit, being polished by my hand after constant use. The finish is still very much matte, but if you look at a new pen and a used pen side-by-side, there’s a noticeable difference. Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Review Redux 2015-4The clip has held up well, still springy as the day I got it. I’m happy with how the 2000’s appearance has aged. It shows some wear, but by no means looks thrashed. I haven’t been overly gentle with the pen, so it’s good to see that something used so regularly can continue to do so for several years.

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Review Redux 2015-9Performance:

A common complaint about the Lamy 2000 is the nib. There’s a very apparently sweet spot, which can be easily confused for a scratchy nib. At first, the flow was a bit weak and the sweet spot was very small. I had the pen worked on by Richard Binder at the Long Island Pen Show, the pen is PERFECT. There are plenty of folks out there who work on nibs, so if you’re not happy with yours, it may be worth sending it out. The pen is easy to disassemble, making cleaning and maintenance easy. Every piece of the pen is either fitted with threads or friction-fit (feed/nib into the grip) and everything goes back into place easily. Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Review Redux 2015-20I’ve greased the piston barrel with a q-tip a few times, and it’s kept the knob turning smoothly with little to no effort. Worth noting, I’ve lost a piece of the pen during a cleaning in the past. There’s a small washer that has the two “ears” that keep the cap on, this piece is small and light, so it’s easily misplaced. A quick email to Lamy’s repair center, and a new one was on the way for $5. The pen is easy to maintain, parts are easily obtainable, and there really hasn’t been any consistent problems with it. The workhorse Lamy 2000 has really lived up to its nickname.

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Review Redux 2015-12Usage/Opinion:

The Lamy 2000 was on of the first pen over $100 I’ve added to my collection. It was a huge step into the hobby, and it’s never an easy purchase decision when making that jump. I was extremely excited when I got the pen, and I can honestly say that I still am. The understated and utilitarian design, solid performance, great reliability, and writing performance result in a daily-use pen that I’m still happy to pick up every time I to write. In the three years I’ve owned the pen, it’s barely gone un-inked. I’m still as excited to use it as I was when I first got it, which I’ve found to be rare in my collection. The Lamy 2000 has been in production since the 1960’s, and it’s gone relatively unchanged. There must be quite a few people out there who feel the same way I do to warrant this, and that’s a great sign.

Pros:

  • Still looks great
  • Ink Capacity
  • Reliability

Cons:

  • Nib needed some work
  • Some very small parts are easily lost

Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen Review Redux 2015-10Does It Hold Up?

Absolutely. The Lamy 2000 is a great value for a solid, dependable workhorse fountain pen. It never gets pushed aside, and for me, it’s almost always in use. Several years later, I’m still just as excited to write with it as when I opened up the package for the first time. I’ve since purchased an all original 1960’s Lamy 2000 and a new Stainless Steel model as well. This particular 2000 was my first, and I doubt it will be my last!

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Tactile Turn Gist Fountain Pen / Kickstarter Launch *UPDATED w/ COMPARISON*

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“Gist” Fountain PenTactile Turn Gist Lifestyle-10

 

  • Description: A machined fountain pen that POSTS!
  • Nib: Steel, Titanium, or Gold, EF, F, M, B.
  • Materials: Polycarbonate + MANY metals
  • Refillable: Yes, via converter
  • Measurements: 5.15″ closed, 4.64″ open, 6.10″ posted

Tactile Turn on Kickstarter

Intro/About:

Tactile Turn Gist Fountain Pen Review Kickstarter-4I’m starting this review off with a big disclaimer, just so everyone knows where I stand before the review. Will, the man behind Tactile Turn, is not just a friend, but a photo client. I was hired to take the photos for his Kickstarter campaign, so yes, I was paid for my services. I’ve been speaking to Will about this fountain pen for the better part of a year, whether it was giving advice, input, or simply just being excited about it. I’ve had a prototype of the pen for about a month now, and I really, really enjoy it. I have backed the Kickstarter myself, with my own money, because yes – I really like the pen. I have no further financial motives, I don’t get anything else if the Kickstarter hits a million dollars. I just think that this pen is a breath of fresh air in a somewhat-stagnant world of fountain pens. My intent is not to steer people wrong because of the involvement I had in this project, but fill them in about a pen that provides something different than what’s out there. Please keep this in mind as you read the review, enjoy!

Construction/Appearance:

Tactile Turn Gist Lifestyle-4This pen is SOLID. I’ve been carrying around a polycarbonate/titanium grip model for about a month and there are no issues. The plastic feels robust, the pen walls are thick, and the Ti grip is exactly what it should be. This pen utilizes acme threads, which are a good but chunkier than what you may be used to seeing on a fountain pen. Not only does this add to the overall industrial aesthetic of the pen, but it provides a smooth, secure method of keeping the pen capped. What’s unique about this pen is the fact that it posts. Most Kickstarted pens do not have this ability, but Will included that as a must-have trait in these pens. The cap posts on nice and secure, maybe a bit more-so on the polycarbonate versions. To me, this pen looks like a cross between the Pilot M-90 and the Lamy 2000. This is definitely not a bad place to be in. It has that modern design that I love so much. While the all-metal versions are stunning, I personally prefer the mix of polycarbonate and metal. I’m stuck between the Poly & Ti Grip/Finial and Poly & Brass Grip/Finial as my favorite version…

Feel:

Tactile Turn Gist Lifestyle-14The Gist both looks and feels familiar. It’s similar to the Lamy 2000 in size, shape, and weight (the poly/Ti version at least). The one glaring difference is the ridged pattern seen on Will’s pens that adorn the entire length of the body. If you’ve used a Tactile Turn before, you’ll be familiar with the “bite” and control that this grip gives. The pen is nicely balanced, comfortable to write with, and I really like the fact that it has a #6 nib.

Tactile Turn Gist Lifestyle-11The grip section of these pens are mostly metal. Typically, metal grip sections can get slippery real quick. That’s not the case with the Gist. The ridges allow you to grip the pen without squeezing too hard, making them comfy for longer writing sessions as well as quick notes. The grip tapers into the nib section, so be careful about choking up too much on the pen. You may encounter inky fingers if you aren’t paying attention. I haven’t found this to be much of an issue, as it’s comfortable to grip the pen slightly above where the feel and grip meet.

Writing Performance: 

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The Gist pens feature a #6 Bock nib in either steel, titanium, or gold. I’ve been using the Ti version for the better part of the month, and I was surprised at how smooth it wrote. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the titanium nibs, but the extra fine one I have is smooth, has good flow, and the springy nature of titanium adds a nice amount of cushion to the writing. Once the entire batch of pens showed up, I swapped out the EF for a B just to see how it is. The B isn’t as great as the EF was, I experienced a few hard starts, but once you’re writing, it’s great. I couldn’t resist trying out the steel and gold nibs, both were smooth. The gold provided a little bit of additional cushion and had slightly better flow than the steel. These pens fill with an international size converter, the experience was standard, no complaints here.

Tactile Turn Gist Lifestyle-1Pros:

  • Excellent design
  • Solid construction
  • Unique features like ridged grip, acme threads
  • Cap posts for a comfy, balanced experience

Cons:

  • Body is a bit short if you don’t post
  • Metal versions require some extra force to post cap

Conclusion:

Tactile Turn Gist Fountain Pen Review Kickstarter-3I’ve been looking forward to this pen for a long time, and I can honestly say it delivers. I’ve backed the project for a polycarbonate w/  brass grip/finial for myself. The pen is comfortable, well-balanced, robust, and looks great. There’s not much else to say other than it feels both fresh and familiar at the same time. I can see myself adding more of these to my collection as time goes on, there are so many great options and after handling each and every one, it’s honestly hard to pick. The Gist starts at a reasonable $59 and can be customized all the way up to $228 (full Ti pen w. 14k gold nib), so there really is something for everyone.

Head on over to the Tactile Turn Kickstarter to secure one for yourself!

Comparison:

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Capped, Left to Right: Pilot Vanishing Point, TWSBI 580AL, Tactile Turn Gist, Lamy 2000, Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black, Tactile Turn Shaker
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Uncapped, Left to Right: Pilot Vanishing Point, TWSBI 580AL, Tactile Turn Gist, Lamy 2000, Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black, Tactile Turn Shaker
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Posted, Left to Right: Pilot Vanishing Point, TWSBI 580AL, Tactile Turn Gist, Lamy 2000, Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black, Tactile Turn Shaker
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Most similar: Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black, Tactile Turn Gist, Lamy 2000
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Most similar: Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black, Tactile Turn Gist, Lamy 2000

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Disclaimer: Did you not read the first paragraph? Because you should totally read the first paragraph…

TWSBI 580AL Fountain Pen Review

TWSBI 580AL Fountain Pen

  • Review Paper: Rhodia No. 18 Lined Pad

TWSBI 580AL Fountain Pen Review-13Specs:

  • Description: An updated version of the TWSBI 580 featuring an aluminum grip and piston mechanism, for added durability and a classier look
  • Refills: Internal piston mechanism
  • Body:  Plastic / Aluminum
  • Measurements: 5.6″ long closed, 7.0″ posted
  • Weight: 32g
  • Color Options: Clear with silver aluminum accents

Writing Samples:
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Intro/About:

TWSBI 580AL Fountain Pen Review-1My past experiences with TWSBI have been hit or miss, mostly on the miss side. I was impressed by the price point of the ECO, but it just didn’t click with me. My old Diamond 540 was plagued with cracking pieces, I’ve given up emailing customer support. The Mini was cool, but once again, it just didn’t get used. My Vac700 was a very poor writer, and in my opinion, not very comfortable in hand. So I’ve had a good amount of experience with several of their pens. I figured the “AL” version with aluminum parts would be more durable, better looking, and overall more reliable. Read on to see how the 580AL has held up to over a year of ownership and use!

Appearance and Packaging:

TWSBI 580AL Fountain Pen Review-7The TWSBI 580AL is a sharp-looking pen. I’ve always loved the way the Diamond series looks, and in my opinion, it’s even better with the blinged out updates. There’s an aluminum grip section that’s made of two pieces, and an aluminum piston rod and mechanism. It definitely looks more premium than the old 540 and 580s. The faceted barrel is crystal clear, allowing you to see whatever ink you have sloshing around inside. In the photos, it’s filled with J. Herbin’s Emerald of Chivor – an awesome ink to have in a demonstrator. TWSBI has won awards for their packaging, and this one is no exception. The box is made of plastic, with the pen sitting on a pedestal inside. It looks very Apple-esque and I like it. Overall, the pen looks great, and has an awesome presentation. It would make a great gift, and it looks great on my desk.

Filling System / Nib Performance:

TWSBI 580AL Fountain Pen Review-5The filling system in the 580AL is an integration piston mechanism. It’s fully removable, whether it be for cleaning or tinkering. This updated aluminum piston replaces the plastic version seen on the standard 580, but I don’t believe it’s much of an improvement. I’ve had the piston get stuck (like REALLY stuck) a few times, and it’s definitely an annoyance. It’s nerve-racking to have to apply pressure to the piston knob, not knowing if it will give way and shoot out ink everywhere. It looks great in there, but I think the plastic version on my 540 was much smoother. Please let me know in the comments if you’ve had similar experiences with your TWSBI’s aluminum piston.

TWSBI 580AL Fountain Pen Review-8I went for the medium nib on the pen. TWSBI uses western nibs, so the line width was right about where I’d expect it to be. The 580AL didn’t go un-modified for long. Straight out of the box, I found the pen to be a bit dry and I knew it could definitely have been smoother. While at the DC show in August of 2014, I had it adjusted by Mike Masuyama. I requested that the pen have increased flow, and be smoothed a bit. He informed me that the slit in the nib was not perfectly centered, which is what was causing the sub-par flow. After a few minutes on the grinding wheel, the TWSBI was writing perfectly. Given that the pen was a reasonable $65, investing another $30 in a perfectly smoothed nib wasn’t a bad decision. Steel nibs in this price range can be hit-or-miss, but luckily they’re easily fixed.

Feel:

TWSBI 580AL Fountain Pen Review-11TWSBI’s 580AL weighs in at a comfortable 32g. It’s nicely balanced, and provides a good amount of heft. It weighs enough so you know it’s there, but not too much to the point where it will tire you out. The grip diameter is comfortable, and flares out just a bit before the nib. I have found the aluminum to be slippery though. There’s no texture to the grip and it tends to get slick. If you have sweaty hands or prefer to a tight grip, be wary of this one. I prefer to write with the pen unposted, but it is capable of posting. There’s a silver ring on the back of the pen that the cap securely posts onto without interfering with the piston. For me, it makes the pen very off-balanced and way too long. If you want a TWSBI that posts, definitely consider the Mini. The molding on the plastic pieces is nicely done, with no visible seams or blemishes. It’s polished to a high-shine and smooth to the touch. The materials appear to be quality, but time will tell if they start to get the signature TWSBI hairline cracks over time.

TWSBI 580AL Fountain Pen Review-10Pros:

  • Price is reasonable
  • Nice weight
  • Comfortable in hand
  • Looks awesome when paired with interesting ink

TWSBI 580AL Fountain Pen Review-4Cons:

  • M nib was dry and scratchy out of the box
  • Piston has stuck multiple times
  • Slippery grip section

Conclusion:

TWSBI 580AL Fountain Pen Review-14I’m very on the fence as to whether or not I like the TWSBI 580AL. There’s just about as many Pros as there are Cons, and my experience hasn’t been great with TWSBIs in the past. At $65, this pen is not terribly expensive, but it’s also not in the “impulse buy” range. I’d definitely say that I like the pen, but I don’t love it. Since getting the nib adjusted, it’s been much better. It doesn’t see a ton of use, but for some reason I’ve held onto it. There aren’t enough negative aspects as to not recommend the pen, but there aren’t enough positive aspects to suggest it either. Overall, this pen is really a true middle ground fountain pen for me. Not bad, not great, really just okay.

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Super Analog: Platinum 3776 Black Diamond Fountain Pen Review

Platinum 3776 Black Diamond
Fountain Pen Review 

  • Review Ink: Sheaffer Peacock Blue
  • Review Paper: Rhodia 4 Color Book

Platinum 3776 Century Black Diamond Fountain Pen Review-2Specs:

  • Description: A 14k nibbed, translucent black pen with a unique slip and seal cap mechanism to prevent drying out.
  • Nib: Broad, 14k gold, rhodium plated
  • Filling Mechanism: Cartridge / Converter – Proprietary
  • Weight: ~21 grams
  • Measurements: 5.50″ closed, 6.25″ posted
  • Color Options: Translucent Black with Rhodium Trim

Handwritten Review Scans:

Intro/About:

Platinum 3776 Century Black Diamond Fountain Pen Review-10First off, I want to say that this review is different from all of the other reviews on the site. The images you see throughout the post were all shot on film (Kodak Gold 400, with a Nikon N50 and 50mm 1.4G lens) and scanned with minimal color correction. Since we’re all here for analog writing in all its glory, I wanted to take it one step further. It was definitely a cool feeling to finish off the roll of film, hear it wind up, and take it out of the camera knowing that there were physical negatives of a review in there. It made me shoot the review much more carefully, as it does end up costing an extra bit of money and effort in doing so. That being said, I enjoyed the process and I’m definitely going to be playing with film more in the future. Anyway…on to the pen!

Platinum 3776 Century Black Diamond Fountain Pen Review-9The Platinum 3776 has always been in my sights, but I’ve always opted for another pen in the price range before jumping at this one. Why? I’m not so sure, maybe it was the gold furnishing? When the Black Diamond came out, I was definitely more intrigued. The translucent black body and rhodium trim is super classy, and just muted enough to grab my eye. It looks awesome right next to my Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black and Lamy 2000. There are plenty of things I love about the pen, some I like, and even a few I’m not so huge on. Read on to find out how the 3776 fared!

Huge thanks to Ron at Pen Chalet for sending me a
Platinum 3776 Black Diamond over for review!

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Appearance & Packaging:

Platinum 3776 Century Black Diamond Fountain Pen Review-16The 3776 comes in a nice presentation gift box. It’s nothing crazy, and nothing in the packaging implies that the Black Diamond is any more special than any of the other 3776 models. The pen itself is a rather classic looking cigar shape, having been in production in a similar form since the late 1970’s. Theres nothing extraordinary about the pen, but it looks great. The cap and tail are nicely rounded, resulting in a tapered cigar shape. Inside the cap is Platinum’s unique “slip and seal” technology to prevent the pen from drying out. Essentially there’s an internal cap that creates an airtight seal with the grip. Above the internal cap is a spring, which ensures that there’s a tight seal. Over the course of using the pen, I haven’t noticed any drying, but I haven’t exactly let this one sit for extended periods of time.

Platinum 3776 Century Black Diamond Fountain Pen Review-17  I really like the simple look, especially with the silver trim and ever-so-slightly see through black body. The translucency of the cap and body are only visible in bright light, or when backlit. I think it’s the perfect balance of being “translucent” and “full on demonstrator” – it’s understated just like the rest of the pen. The cap band has some text imprinted on it, and it’s bordered by a thinner band on the top. Overall, I think it’s an awesome looking pen.

Nib Performance & Filling System:

Platinum 3776 Century Black Diamond Fountain Pen Review-8The Japanese broad nib is smooth, wet, and just a tiny bit springy. In my opinion, it’s an ideal nib. The line width is similar to a Western medium, which is right inside my comfort zone. The writing on the nib looks rather plain, and I’m not a huge fan of the typeface used on it. The rest of it is quite cool though, I really love the heart-shaped breather hole and lines that run around the perimeter of the nib. The size of the nib fits the proportions of the body well, not looking too big or too small.

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The 3776 fills via converter or proprietary cartridge. The included converter is high quality, and has a decent capacity. I really wish that the gold accents on the converter were silver, so they’d match the rest of the pen…oh well.

Feel:

Platinum 3776 Century Black Diamond Fountain Pen Review-13The pen is definitely comfortable to write with for extended periods of time. Actually, I’ve had a hard time putting it down… I’ve only kept a few pens inked up over the past month or so (I bought my first house, moved, did a bunch of freelance work, man I’m busy) and this pen I’ve actually refilled as soon as it’s emptied every time. The pen is comfortable posted or un-posted, but I prefer writing with the cap on the back. It adds a nice amount of weight and balance without throwing off the feel of the pen.

Platinum 3776 Century Black Diamond Fountain Pen Review-12The one thing I’m not thrilled with is the finishing of the pen. For a $150+ pen, the finishing should be as close to flawless as you can get, but that’s not the case. The grip of the pen has some very obvious manufacturing lines from injection molding. They’re not terribly noticeable when writing, but just knowing that they’re there irks me. The rest of the pen has no noticeable issues, perhaps they just crank out the grip sections on different machinery and just call it a day. It’s not a make-or-break issue for me, but definitely worth noticing.

Pros:

  • SUPER smooth nib
  • Color is killer
  • Good balance/feel in hand
  • Pen shouldn’t dry out

Cons:

  • Rough finishing on the grip

Conclusion:

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3776 next to a Pilot Custom 74

The 3776 is a good pen, but it doesn’t really achieve greatness. The picture above shows it next to Pilot’s Custom 74, which is very, very similar. I prefer the build quality of the 74 is just a bit more, Pilot tends to have excellent finishing. The nib on the 3776 is great though. When it comes down to it, I slightly prefer the 3776. Why? I’m not sure, but I find myself reaching for this pen more often than any others at this time. Would I recommend it? Absolutely.

Platinum 3776 Century Black Diamond Fountain Pen Review-1Thanks again to Pen Chalet for sending this over to review, if you’re interested in picking one up for yourself, check out the product page for more info!

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Disclaimer: This pen was provided to me as a review unit, free of charge, by Pen Chalet. I was not compensated for this review, and this did not have any effect on my thoughts and opinions about the pen. Thank you for reading!