Is Platinum Preppy as good as they say?

Short answer. Yes, it is. And you might as well stop reading here and go and buy one for yourself. They are so cheap you should buy a few and keep them everywhere. One in your bag, one in your car and so on.

When it comes to the writing experience, Platinum Preppy is as good as pens 10 times more expensive.  What pen aficionados often forget is that a pen is a tool. In the end is not about what we are writing with but what we write. And some cheap pens are often better tools than their expensive counterparts.




Have you ever heard about a sweet spot issue in Platinum Preppys? Or of anyone sending a Preppy to a nibmeister. Of course, it wouldn’t make sense economically (I’m thinking if it would offend a nibmeister if someone would send a Preppy for a nib adjustment) but the truth is all Preppys I have handled wrote exceptionally well.

Preppy is available with 3 nibs: 0.2 mm, 0.3 mm and 0.5 mm. I haven’t tried the 0.2 mm version (you can find a review here), but both 0.3 and 0.5 are buttery smooth.

Platinum Preppy line comparison (Noodler’s Black), courtesy of The Goulet Pen Company

My Preppy is an older version, and since I bought it, Platinum has come up with a redesigned barrel, which looks better. Mine also got a bit yellowish since I have used it a lot and for a long time. Apart from that, as you can see, it’s in a perfect condition.


One of the great things about Preppy is the “Slip Seal” cap mechanism. It’s a simple idea, a cap with a spring. That’s all. Platinum promises up to 1 year of “wetness,” but I haven’t tried it. Each time I use my Preppy, it writes right away. No skipping, no dry starts.

Also, I haven’t flushed it yet. For almost 2 years it has written exceptionally well with no maintenance. My other, more expensive, Platinums have never dried on me, as well, even after weeks of patiently waiting in a drawer. So, I assume Platinum is not lying about it.

Each Preppy comes with a cartridge of ink, and that’s another thing I love about this pen. First, the cartridges are cheap and big. Second, the ink is great. I only use black ink with my Preppy so I won’t comment on other colors.

It’s not a deep and dark black. It’s more a dark grayish color, which is great. It reminds me of bamboo charcoal. And it’s water-resistant, too.

preppy writing


Now the best part – the price. In the USA you can get a Preppy for around 3 to 5 USD, depending on the nib. Here in Taiwan, it’s even cheaper. I can get it for as low as $2.42 for the most expensive 0.2 nib.

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Platinum Preppy