A little bit of history By now most of us have come across or used a Platinum Preppy – it has that smooth nib and a well-earned reputation for great value for money. There is, however, no getting away from the cheap feel that the pen has, particularly due to the printed barrel. The Plaisir is the natural next step up, and it’s been recently updated by removing the matching coloured nibs, giving it a more professional look.
How it looks There is a wide choice of colours available and we were each sent a different one to take a look at. The cap and barrel has a nice sheen to it, and the grip section is translucent allowing you to see the ink flowing through to the nib. Whether you like this combination or not is a matter of taste, but there are definitely members of each of our households that have a keen eye on this pen.
How it feels For an inexpensive pen we all felt it was well built. It’s a very lightweight pen with a secure seal on the cap.
How it fills This can either be used with dedicated Platinum cartridges or with a Platinum converter which needs to be purchased separately.
Crucially, how it writes… The Plaisir is available with either a 0.5mm or 0.3mm nib. Great writing experiences were had by us all with both nib sizes. It wrote very, very smoothly. This pen costs less than £10 … for this price we haven’t had a better writing experience.
Pen! What is it good for? A great starter fountain pen which will give users a pleasurable experience, and an everyday workhorse for daily duties.
VFM Well … the question almost doesn’t need answering. It’s fantastic value for money.
If this isn’t quite your cup of tea, but almost… You won’t find better for the bucks! If it’s a little too ‘sparkly’ for your tastes you could look at the Lamy Safari range or the Faber Castell Basic, but you will have to part with a few more Pounds for these two. It is Christmas soon, however, and for that reason sparkle should always be welcomed!
Our overall recommendation Go for it. Whether you are looking to buy a gift for a friend at Christmas who is starting out, or just looking for a good writing experience in a pen you wouldn’t worry too much about if it was ‘accidentally’ picked up by a colleague or family member.
Where to get hold of one We got our models from Cult Pens, who are one of a few on-line retailers here in the UK offering this model.
This meta-review references:
- Scribble Monboddo’s hand-written review
- Ian Hedley’s text-and-photos review
- Ruth Hanson’s video review
- Stuart Hazley’s text-and-photos review
Thanks to Cult Pens for providing us with samples and ink for this review.