When a cheap pen comes good
August 11, 2010 § 1 Comment
The Platignum fountain pen is steeped in pen history in UK with the original brand being traced back to the early 1900s. Like many pen brands, Platignum has a chequered track record with its final incarnation being a budget school pen. The rights to the brand were bought by Snopake in 2007 and resurrected into a budget range of pens sourced through both Germany and the Far East.
The launch was a bit haphazard with ballpoint and rollerball refills being available but no dedicated cartridges, inks or alternative or replacement nibs. Although the company’s view was that the fountain pens would accept Euro standard cartridges, the reality was that only a limited number of ‘standard’ cartridges would fit without leakage and no convertors were available. An on-line company has continued to offer various options in terms of cartridge and convertor but, based on the number of complaints that we have received, these were a theoretical fit rather than fully tried and tested. One of the issues is that with the Platignum pens, being sourced from 2 different manufacturers, do not have a single answer, particularly to the convertor problem.
At PenFountain.com, we have reduced the range offer down to the attractive Studio 5 range with its 8 plain barrel colours. Combine this with our recommended Pelikan cartridges in 8 colours and you have got a positive rainbow of quality fountain pens at a budget price. The cherry on the top of the Pelikan Studio 5 is that we have now identified a reliable, leak-free convertor, effectively opening your pen collection up to our range of 70+ ink colours, including Diamine and J Herbin and even a low-risk pen for using Registrars’ ink. The new convertors have been tested over a month without even the suggestion of weeping although, the convertor is quite tight and requires a gentle twist on first insertion.
The Platignum Studio 5 weighs in at 30 grams with 12.7mm diameter and 155mm posted length for just £7.99, including a tin presentation case.