When it comes to people's choice of writing utensil I guess it is all down to personal preference. I have written before that fountain pens have never been my first choice on the pen front. Having recently picked up a Platinum Preppy from Tiger Pens I thought I'd get some help from a FP fanatic & write this review.
Preppy is a disposable fountain pen, available in fine 0.3 or medium 0.5 stainless steel, I am trying a medium nib using violet ink. Although classed as disposable, it is possible to refill using standard platinum cartridges. On the other hand you may like to ring the changes with one of the other colours on offer, namely black, blue, red, pink, yellow or green.
Made from transparent polycarbonate, the barrel is light in weight at 13g, but still gives the impression it is strong. I like the fact that you can monitor the ink level, & that the cap fits tightly, eliminating chance of ink evaporating. When capped the pen measures 138mm in length & has a diameter of 13mm. The ink colour & nib size is indicated on the top of the cap, the nibs are also colour coded. I found the nib colour a better guide than that of the cap.
Here is a novice's take on the Preppy's performance
After my initial difficulties getting any ink through to the nib, I even removed the cartridge to check it was in place correctly! Once the ink flowed I found this pen was comfortable to hold. I always go for a medium nib on my pens & this one didn't disappoint, my hand glided across the page with ease & although my experience of FP's is limited the Preppy didn't provide any of the reminders I would expect, such as wet ink that I'd have to try hard not to smudge or a scratchy line that looked like it had skipped a letter or two.
And now for the opinion of a Fountain Pen addict
The first thing that struck me was the colour of the ink, this suggests that as the initial writing experience didn't provide any immediate negatives. I should probably add here that for me it's a fountain pen or nothing, I don't feel I can write with anything else. There is one exception – crossword puzzles.
For the purpose of making a comparison, I turned to my trusted Waterman, the pen I currently use everyday. When it comes to pens I admit I'm a bit of a snob, I used a Mont Blanc for years, it was an antique by the time I finally laid it to rest. I still prefer the Waterman to the Preppy, probably unfair as of course I realise this is not a comparison on a level playing field! However as far as the print on the page goes, this disposable fountain pen performed well.
I find it a shame that in general people no longer use fountain pens, they find it too much bother. IMO handwriting does improve using them & there is nothing better than receiving a letter penned in “real” ink.
So that's about it, a view from both sides of the fence, so to speak.
I have read that the Preppy Fountain Pen would be a good choice for beginners to gain some experience with. I have to say that I find my handwriting sample with the Preppy
pretty terrible, maybe I did't try hard enough but I just can't get used to them!