This is not a pen for beauty contests or powerpen meetings. I got it with a lot of three very cheap pens at Ebay, maybe six months ago. It took some time before I inked it up, because I didn't have any particular expectations on this pen - it was another of the pens in the lot that made me buy it.
Size & weight: It is a medium sized pen that measures 13,5 cm capped, 15cm posted and 11.8 cm uncapped. It weighs 16 g filled with ink, so it is a light pen.
Design/build: The barrel is made of black plastic and the cap has a plastic core and a "polished steel" surface. It is fairly well built and not fragile at all. The finish is alright. Nothing wrong or non-fitting, but that is about it. The nib looks rather small for this pen.
Rating: 2/5 for the uninspired design & 3-3.25/5 for the build. Made to be used, but not particularly well built either. The extra quarter is because it is comfortable to hold.
Nib: The nib is made of steel and is small and very plain with "Platignum 1st Quality" inscribed. This is where the fun begins: it is one of the best stubs I've ever used. It is comparable with some of the expensive customized stubs I've tried. It is smooth, medium wet and is a pleasure to write letters with. It flatters my not-so-legible handwriting. This is a stub made for extensive everyday writing - especially correspondance. I'd say 4-4.25/5.
Filling: The filling system is Platignums own (?) pressmatic system, which best could be described as a built-in-squeeze converter. Easy to use. It takes some time to flush it, but it is not a big problem. It has worked well since I got it, and flushed it a number of time to get rid of stained ink, which is a surprise since I don't think anyone had used it or cared about if for a very long time. I prefere other more efficient fillingsystem, but this is alright. 3.5/5
Value for the money: I got this for maybe £2.75 (its part of the shipping included) so it is a true bargain. I haven't found a nib that is even close to this value for money. It is almost slightly irritating that such a cheap pen as this has a nib that write this good. I won't sell it. 5/5
Overall: 15.75/25 (6.3)
Edited by MYU, 21 April 2009 - 22:19.