Last minute Christmas present, perhaps? I just picked up one of the new Platinum Prefounte fountain pens. Goulet Pens is selling it for $10USD and I paid only $15CDN locally. This pen is a bargain, and more.
If you’re familiar with the Platinum Preppy you know something about this pen as it’s pretty much a “super” Preppy, with significant improvements. First, it looks great and comes in orange, red, blue or green. You can get it with fine or medium nibs, just like the Preppy.
While the Preppy caps are prone to breakage, the Prefounte cap is a significant upgrade. Much stronger, and with a very positive click when you cap the pen. More important, however, is that this pen includes Platinum’s super-d-duper no evaporation double cap seal. The packaging claims you can leave ink in it for a year without much loss. Try that with your Lamy (grin).
As a street sketcher, one of the things I really like about Platinum pens is that they are the one company that sells a waterproof ink for their pens in cartridge form. This is also wonderful if you’re trying to get someone involved with sketching and/or fountain pens because they don’t have to deal with pen filling. You just throw in a cartridge, about $3 for four of them, and you’re all set. I’ve been using a Platinum Plaisir that way for quite a while. This new Prefounte is lighter, though and I know I’m going to love it. Kinda silly since I’ve got a bunch of high dollar pens sitting around but I don’t have to worry about losing these cheaper solutions.
I apologize for the horrible photos but I wanted to get this post up this morning and the overhead light in my studio isn’t the greatest for taking close up photos. Goulet Pens, though, has good photos 🙂
I should add that the pens don’t come with red nibs; Prefounte nibs are silver. I made the mistake of buying the medium nib, didn’t like it, and exchanged one of the Preppy nibs. Of course I did this strategically to show you that this was possible. Sure I did (grin).