I just bought a Platinum Carbon Pen from Jet Pens. I’m a fan of Platinum Carbon Black ink and this pen is supposed to have a feed sized specifically for this pigmented ink. Most people say that it has a very fine nib. Giving away the punch line, I think both of these things are true.
The pen comes from Jet Pens looking like this. I carry my pens everywhere and this one is just way too long. It’s designed to look and feel like a dip pen.And so I “fixed” mine. I cut it off long enough to allow the ink cartridge but short enough that I could post the cap while it was in use. For anyone wanting to follow this approach, that’s 6cm from the gold ring around the pen body.
Once cut, I mixed up some epoxy and dabbed the pen up and down in the puddle of epoxy, filling the hole in the end of the pen. Once dry I simply sanded everything smooth and the result looks like this:
Cut down like this, it makes a very comfortable sketching pen. When capped it’s nearly as short as a Kaweco Classic Sport and when posted it’s nearly the length of my Pilot Prera. The balance works out well also.
The pen really shines, though, because of its fine line, which is actually finer than my Pilot Prera (F), which is already finer than a Lamy (XF). The Platinum Carbon lays down a line nearly as fine as a Gillot 303, if you’re familiar with dip pen nibs. Hatching is a dream with this pen.
The Platinum Carbon Black ink cartridge that comes with it is nothing short of spectacular. This ink is the definition of a true black and it’s absolutely waterproof. You can buy this ink in cartridges or in a bottle. I’ve always been a fan of Platinum cartridges because they have a small metal ball that keeps the ink mixed and so I just fill them from a bottle using a pen syringe.
So I sat down and took the pen for a test drive. I did some tonal hatching practice and several small sketches, just to get used to the feel of it. I’ve included a few of those sketches here, all done in a Stillman & Birn Alpha (4×6).