I avoid overpriced limited editions of all things like a plague, but when I saw this box of Platinum Cool, I had to buy it.
I thought I will have to pay extra for that fancy box, so imagine how surprised I was when I learned that the set was cheaper than the pen + ink combo. I got a beautiful pen with a special box and I “saved money”. That made my day!
The box is amazing, and it’s a piece of art itself. Box shows the Mount Fuji and sakura tree. It’s nice to see how Platinum likes referring to traditional Japanese culture. Those small details like sacred mountain and sakura make me think of hanami and bring me joy. So far it’s the best box I’ve ever gotten with a pen.
I said many times how much I like Platinum, and the Cool is no different. It became one of my favorite pens right away. That not surprising because I knew what to expect. The Cool is the same as mine favorite Makie. Same pen, different coloration.
After I put in the cartridge (the converter it came with sucks) it wrote almost instantly. I was charmed by the great flow and the juicy, fine nib. The nib is perfect! Buttery smooth, no skipping, no hard starts. It’s also wet, and it has some springiness, which makes writing pleasurable. Cool writes better than my Pilot Custom 92 .
You can get line variation if you press the nib down (Platinum claims “the nib is moderately flexible because of its shape that the nib becomes thicker toward the tip”) but I am not a fan of flex writing. Besides, I would call it springy, not “moderately flexible”. How can something be moderately flexible, anyway? Either something is flexible, or it isn’t.
Since the fine nib is wet, Cool comes only in medium and fine, the line it gives is a little wider than a typical Japanese fine, and it’s a bit wider than my fine Preppy (link here). I wouldn’t use it for notes but it will be perfect for letters. It also wouldn’t be my first choice for cheap office paper situations.
I am a fan of is how this nib looks. I also like that instead of F, Platinum used kanji for fine – 細. It makes it even more Japanese. And look at that transparent feed. You can see the color of the ink showing through.
For the price, $33, the build quality is more than adequate. The pen is comfortable and lightweight (18g) – perfect for long writing sessions. The cap snaps securely, nothing wiggles, and I have noticed no imperfections or QC issues. The polished metal trim adds a touch of sophistication.
And I love the pink body. It’s transparent and reminds me of sakura from the box. That being said, Platinum calls it “Crystal Rose”, no idea why… As we all know “Roses are red (…)” I will stick to calling it sakura color.
When it comes to demonstrators, at this price, Platinum Cool has only one rival – Pilot Prera. I wouldn’t recommend Prera over Cool but it has some advantages when it comes to nib choices. Prera comes in Fine, Medium and Medium Italic (Pilot calls it Calligraphy Medium). Nibs are swappable with other cheaper Pilot’s nibs, so it’s possible to use Prera with an extra fine nib from Penmanship or Plumix. None of them write better than Platinum, tho.
Also, Prera might be too small for you, if you have big hands.Platinum Cool is one of the best pens on the market, not only within its price.