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#1 ChrisTK

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 19:15

Soooo... This is my first review! As title says, it is about the Platinum Preppy and some modifications i made on it, some minutes after i used it. Let's start...

Price:
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.
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Filling system:
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.

Nib:
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.

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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:
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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

Modding:
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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5. I placed back the nib and then the Platinum Preppy Eyedropper-Demonstrator is ready!!! :-D

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Edited by ChrisTK, 29 March 2013 - 19:53.


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Posted 30 March 2013 - 00:29

Nicely done. Preppies make wonderful eyedropper pens. They are a surprisingly good pen for their low cost.


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Posted 30 March 2013 - 02:09

Interesting, I just picked up a Varsity today, I might have to check one of these out too!

Thanks for the write up.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 04:55

I like the preppy, I'm a sucker for demonstrators. I bought the 7-pack and I think only one out of the bunch was finicky starter. So far none have cracked, though I hear that's a possiibility.

Edit...I didn't know the feed pulled out. Neat! Thanks for pointing that out, I may go off feed-pulling now....

Edited by hot cocoa, 30 March 2013 - 04:58.


#5 Strombomboli

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 18:45

THANK YOU! Your demonstration is what I was looking for. Thank you especially for telling how to remove the printed stuff from the barrel and for the magnificent idea to fill the pen by removing the nib, since this is much easier than screwing off the barrel.

 

I will follow you religiously, as soon as the seven Preppies I ordered from a shop in Japan will have arrived, but I will do one more thing: I will replace the Preppy nibs with Lamy nibs. I have done that on the two Preppies I had as gifts with big Noodler's bottles, and it works beautifully. It takes some determintation to pull the Preppy nibs from the feeds, and I am not sure if I could remove the Lamy nibs again, but there is no need for it at the moment, and I don't think there'll ever be.

 

Your fellow sucker for demonstrators,


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Posted 18 December 2013 - 15:22

THANK YOU! Your demonstration is what I was looking for. Thank you especially for telling how to remove the printed stuff from the barrel and for the magnificent idea to fill the pen by removing the nib, since this is much easier than screwing off the barrel.

 

I will follow you religiously, as soon as the seven Preppies I ordered from a shop in Japan will have arrived, but I will do one more thing: I will replace the Preppy nibs with Lamy nibs. I have done that on the two Preppies I had as gifts with big Noodler's bottles, and it works beautifully. It takes some determintation to pull the Preppy nibs from the feeds, and I am not sure if I could remove the Lamy nibs again, but there is no need for it at the moment, and I don't think there'll ever be.

 

Your fellow sucker for demonstrators,

 

 

Hello Strombomboli!!! I would like to see a photo of your modification!!! Please!!!!! It sounds great having a Lamy nib on it!


Edited by ChrisTK, 18 December 2013 - 15:23.


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Posted 19 December 2013 - 15:02

Hello Strombomboli!!! I would like to see a photo of your modification!!! Please!!!!! It sounds great having a Lamy nib on it!

 
Please forgive me, but right now, I have the flu and am too dull to take photographs which is not done quickly in this house, and to be true, there is not much to see. I will take pictures, though, when I'm better.
 
The Preppy nib plastic thing, i.e., the part of the feeder on which you put the nib, is a tiny bit too large for a Lamy nib. In the beginning, I forced the nibs on, which had the result that it's almost impossible to remove them again without bending them. Which is bad when they were not put on well. Later, I carved this plastic part a little bit (tiny bit) on the left and right sides wiht a razor blade, that's much better.
 
Most of these Frankenpens write very well. But since the Preppies are not made for broad nibs (I use OB and 1.5 mm stub nibs), the ink flow is very generous in the beginning and then becomes a little less wet, but never dry. For example, Noodler's Habanero first looks truly red, and the turns to orange (thus, you can see the shading range of this gorgeous ink). Diamine Bilberry first looks blue-black, and then becomes purple; I don't mind that, because it's supposed to be purple.
 
Still, the Preppies never become dry in the way a TWSBI will run dry after two lines of writing. (Disclaimer: not all of them, and so forth, but still, I'm always thinking about the pen and hoping it will behave when writing with one of my TSWBI 580s.)
 
So it's a pleasure to write with my Preppy Frankenpens; I like them very much!

Edited by Strombomboli, 19 December 2013 - 15:03.

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 02:44

Hi Chris TK,
What type of alcohol did you use to remove the printed writing on the Preppy barrel? Also, what type of towel?
I tried to remove with the following and had no luck:
91% Isopropyl alcohol ("rubbing alcohol")
GooGone citrus stain remover
Coleman fuel (white lantern gas)

A leather cleaning solvent (acetone+methyl-ethyl ketones) clouded the plastic.

How did you do it?
Thanks for any help you could suggest
Thanks,
Greg (Microgrs)

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 03:11

If you use strong glue to seal the barrel, how do you refill your pen? Do you remove the nib and use a syringe to fill the pen?



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Posted 02 January 2014 - 21:55

I tried to remove with the following and had no luck

 

I couldn't remove anything with alcohol either, so I used a razorblade to scrape off all that writing on the pen. This is not a method for perfectionists, though, but for the others it is okay.

 

If you use strong glue to seal the barrel, how do you refill your pen? Do you remove the nib and use a syringe to fill the pen?

 

Yes, that's what he does, judging from what he told us. Why not take a look at the pictures posted above, or even read what he has written?


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 22:45

Platinum's Plaisir model, which appears to be an upgraded metal-bodied version of the Preppy, see e.g. Cult Pens http://www.cultpens....n-Pen-Blue.html has a cap claimed to give a year's protection against drying out.  Please, does anyone know how well the Preppy resists drying out when capped?



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 05:05

Please, does anyone know how well the Preppy resists drying out when capped?

I've forgot about a small group of them in a separate pen case in a desk for a few months. They wrote from the moment the nibs first touched paper again.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 21:08

Sounds like the cap works well, then; thanks.  And, for the price, worth trying out.



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 15:26

Hi Chris TK,
What type of alcohol did you use to remove the printed writing on the Preppy barrel? Also, what type of towel?
I tried to remove with the following and had no luck:
91% Isopropyl alcohol ("rubbing alcohol")
GooGone citrus stain remover
Coleman fuel (white lantern gas)

A leather cleaning solvent (acetone+methyl-ethyl ketones) clouded the plastic.

How did you do it?
Thanks for any help you could suggest
Thanks,
Greg (Microgrs)

 

Try using nailpolish remover. You might have to rinse it with water afterward, to remove the stench and the stickiness of the substance.



#15 Strombomboli

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 18:01

Nail polish remover works incredibly fast, and while wiping off the writing on the pen, it also transforms it from a transparent one to an opaque one, and I don't know how much the plastic is damaged by this, i.e., if it will become permeable to liquids. I haven't used the pen I treated with nail polish remover yet, but I'd say, be cautious.


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 23:05

Nail polish remover works incredibly fast, and while wiping off the writing on the pen, it also transforms it from a transparent one to an opaque one, and I don't know how much the plastic is damaged by this, i.e., if it will become permeable to liquids. I haven't used the pen I treated with nail polish remover yet, but I'd say, be cautious.

 

I wouldn't know the long term effects, but I've been using a VPen for about three months with no problems. And I wouldn't say opaque, just slightly translucent. Caution is never a bad thing, though.



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Posted 14 January 2014 - 14:28

 

And I wouldn't say opaque, just slightly translucent.

 

Yes, that's the correct term. I hadn't used it, because it's only in my passive vocabulary.


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Posted 08 February 2014 - 18:39

Are those stickers on the side of the barrel, and can you remove them to have a completely clear barrel?



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Posted 08 February 2014 - 19:10

Are those stickers on the side of the barrel, and can you remove them to have a completely clear barrel?

They're not stickers, but printed on the barrel themselves. Removal methods discussed above.



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 00:20

Are those stickers on the side of the barrel, and can you remove them to have a completely clear barrel?

 

I found the sticker removal method for perfectionists: buff it off with a linnen wheel on a lathe on low speed (~1500 rpm). Takes just a couple of minutes. I believe it's also possible to do it by hand. If I was to try that, I'd use some kind of car polishing compound. Of course, this would take somewhat longer. ;-)


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 06:24

I wonder if you could find a cheapo ballpoint or a cheap plastic cap online or something and cut the end off the pretty barrel. Then use the cap to seal it and you'd have an easier and less messy way of filling.

 

For example, something like this: (rough guess on the end barrel diameter is about 10mm, so around 3/8")

 

http://www.clipsandf...pas1302-100.htm

 

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http://www.ebay.com/...=item35c3c0a709

 

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Let me know if you try this. I'm gonna post it in another thread and see if someone else has tried / can try something similar.


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 05:18

I wish the Preppy were designed to be used with a Platinum converter.


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 05:55

I have successfully removed the labelling on my Preppys with a 'non-acetone'-based nail polish remover (I found it in the kids' bathroom - it's a generic product from a local supermarket chain, so I can't even give you a brand name!).  No idea what they use instead of the acetone, but it didn't cause the plastic to cloud up at all (BTW, the V-Pen uses a different plastic that's less see-through - so you can't expect the same result!).  The nail-polish remover worked much, much faster than the isopropyl alcohol I'd tried previously - the surface it left behind was nice and shiny, and the plastic was still perfectly see-through.  

 

I think you CAN use the Preppy with a Platinum converter - but you're putting a $10 converter into a $3 pen.  Or you could go looking on eBay for Platinum-compatible converters that are closer to $1-2 apiece - and avoid overcapitalising that way!



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 08:08

I think you CAN use the Preppy with a Platinum converter - but you're putting a $10 converter into a $3 pen.  Or you could go looking on eBay for Platinum-compatible converters that are closer to $1-2 apiece - and avoid overcapitalising that way!

On Platinum's web site, they say Preppy can only take the cartridge.  I have several Platinum converters in my stock and I can use one of them if Preppy can take a converter.  I believe the size of the barrel is too short for the converter. Otherwise, Platinum would've indicated the pen can be used with either a converter or a cartridge. 


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 08:52

On Platinum's web site, they say Preppy can only take the cartridge.  I have several Platinum converters in my stock and I can use one of them if Preppy can take a converter.  I believe the size of the barrel is too short for the converter. Otherwise, Platinum would've indicated the pen can be used with either a converter or a cartridge. 

The eBay converter fits. I just tried it.


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 09:31

I know Goulet Pens sell a Platinum cartridge converter (for $7.50) that's supposed to fit in the Preppy (check their website) - but I can't speak from personal experience.  I did, though, buy a set of 7 'all-plastic, slide-type' cartridge converters (I suspect non-genuine, though they're stamped 'Platinum') on eBay for $7.90, international delivery included - and I can confirm that those DO fit.  Honestly, I'd be surprised if the info on the Platinum website was correct - again, for me, it's a question of whether you'd want to pay more for the cartridge converter than the pen itself is worth - especially if there are cheaper alternatives available!