I bought it for about $3 as a set of one pen and 3 ink cartridges by Platinum (blue black).
First Impression and Appearance:
To be honest, i had already read some reviews of the pen, so i was sure about what to expect. Although it costs under $3 without the inks, i was really impressed when i first used it! I like it more than the Varsity and the 78g when i hold it. It is made from plastic but looks solid (and it is!). I like the different colors of the nib and the top of the cap. I also like the fact the I can remove the nib and clean the pen easier.
It uses the Platinum cartridges and the Platinum converter. Because the body is made of plastic, it is suitable to transform it to an eyedropper.
It came with a 0.3 (F for someone?) steel nib that writes really good. It is not as smooth as i have read in other reviews (it is smoother than my Parker but not as my Lamy Safari or my Hero 616 Jumbo). It has a good ink flow and i haven't seen any skipping although i use it in some lessons or when i was at work and i had to write really fast. It is not flex and it has no line variation.
Who needs an eyedropper?
I used the pen for some minutes and while i was writing i was watching the clear barrel and thought about how much ink can it hold inside? So... i made an eyedropper with a clear body!
What i needed:
1. one Platinum Preppy ( :-P )
2. a bottle of alcohol
3. a strong glue or silicone and the rubber "O" ring
4. some toilet or kitchen paper or a towel
5. a syringe with the needle
6. a bottle of ink with the ink you would like to use
1. I had to uncap the pen and then unscrew the grip section from the barrel and remove the nib from the grip section (just grab the nib and pull out gently), as shown to the following images.
2. Use some alcohol on paper or on a towel to clean the barrel so that it will look like the body of a demonstrator.It took me 2-3 minutes.
3. Place some silicone on the place that the barrel screws with the grip section and then place the "O" ring OR what I did... I used some strong glue and then i screwed back the barrel (without using a ring)and now it is impossible to unscrew the grip section and the barrel (if you try it will crack). I left it for 3 minutes to stuck.
4. I used the syringe to suck some ink from the bottle and fill the barrel by inserting the needle inside the hole that appears after you remove the nib. I used a 5ml syringe and i had to suck two times ink from the bottle.
5. I placed back the nib and then the Platinum Preppy Eyedropper-Demonstrator is ready!!! :-D
Edited by ChrisTK, 29 March 2013 - 19:53.