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Platinum 3776 + Music Nib


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#1 Think-Ink

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 17:30

I recently purchased a Platinum 3776 with a music nib. To be honest, I bought it more out of curiosity than necessity because Platinum's music nib has 2 slits, which looked pretty interesting and cool :)

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The initial appearance of the 3776 I got looked plain yet classy. It's a black torpedo pen with gold accents. It came in a rather nice box (along with papers, a converter, and an ink cartridge):

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However, for the pen of its price range, I was a little disappointed by the feel of the plastic on the pen. It felt thin and brittle. This may not be the case in real life but the tactile sense in holding this pen was a little disappointing. But in the end, it's about how well the pen writes... so onwards with the review! :)

As I'm not much of a cartridge person, I used the included converter. It's the standard Platinum/Nakaya converter, which isn't super fancy. However, I do like the converter because it feels more substantial than many other company's offerings and because the gold-colored accents on the converter as it matches the rest of the pen pretty well (even though you'll never see it 95% of the time :embarrassed_smile:).

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Because the nib has 2 slits for the ink, it's on the broader side of things...it's very stub-like. It is also REALLY smooth (one of the smoothest pens I've owned). For the writing sample, I used the 3776 + music nib alongside a Lamy Safari with a 1.5mm calligraphy nib for comparison (used Rhodia paper with Diamine Ancient Copper ink in the Platinum. I think the Safari had the J Herbin 1670 ink):

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You can see that the Safari has better line variation... but that the broadest strokes on both are similar (the music nib is slightly thinner). While I like the Safari, especially at its price range, the Platinum's music nib is considerably prettier and more importantly, much more smooth. The smoothness makes the writing experience quite pleasant.

If you are looking for a stub-like pen, the 3776 music nib might be worth looking into as well. Unfortunately for me, my handwriting is a little on the smaller side normally so this pen was sold not too long ago. But I'm sure that the buyer is loving their pen :) If Platinum ever makes a mini music nib, I'd be very tempted to buy one! :)
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#2 hari317

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 17:33

Hi, Thanks for the nice review. I have one of these pens and i share the impression about their plastic molding quality. Having said that, i hold the opinion that platinum nibs are one of the best nibs available in the market today.

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#3 Sailor Kenshin

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 17:34

Thanks for the review. I'm a great fan of unusual nibs, and was wondering how a music nib writes.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 18:20

This is an excellent case of an awesome nib elevating what would otherwise be a mediocre pen. Love it, thanks for sharing.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 18:35

Hi & thanks very much for your review!

I've tried bidding for one of these from engeika a few times, but the final price always ended up being full retail in the US...

I think your review has saved me about $160; I have a Safari 1.1 nib, and I don't see enough difference to justify the price.

I have a PTB-5000B medium in burgundy (#3776 with a gold-plated nib), and a PGB-3000 medium in black.

I enjoy my 2 Platinums; the nibs are smooth and excellent writers with good flow. Fit and finish is outstanding. I do agree with your & hari317's observation that the plastic feels a bit thin, especially considering one is screwing a metal section into a plastic body. I especially have to be careful of cross-threading on the PGB-3000.

If only Platinum had their mid-priced models (perhaps with some updated designs) easily available, as they seem to be excellent writers. Not much between the Preppy/Plaisir and the #3776 (sorry a bit off-topic, just an opinion).

Again many thanks!

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 21:29

I have a number of Platinums and several with the music nib, which is just about my favourite nib ever. I've not had any issues with the plastic and think these pens are better made than they sometimes get credit for.
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 23:55

I have a number of Platinums and several with the music nib, which is just about my favourite nib ever. I've not had any issues with the plastic and think these pens are better made than they sometimes get credit for.

I'm sure that that is the case :) I once threw a Platinum Preppy several feet in the air to see how shatter-able the plastic was...and it survived multiple drops!

For me though, the writing experience encompasses not only the pen's ability to write, but how it feels as well. That's why I love my TWSBI Micarta so much :cloud9:

That being said... if my handwriting was larger, I'd have easily lived with the 3776 plastic's feel due to the nib's performance :)
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 00:24

I think your review has saved me about $160; I have a Safari 1.1 nib, and I don't see enough difference to justify the price.


My Platinum music nib rides in a calico celluloid body, so it's visually stunning.

The entire experience is different than the Lamy. The line of ink from the Plat is luxurious, with no hint of sharp italic corners on the nib. It is a slender pen, with a very different feel than the shaped section of the Safari.

Only you would know if the pen would be worth a penny more, but the gold nib, with three perfectly tuned tines right out of the box reflects quality at a higher level.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 00:42

I think your review has saved me about $160; I have a Safari 1.1 nib, and I don't see enough difference to justify the price.


+$160 here too

I've been eying these for a long time... thinking the nib would be more unique than it is. I can clearly see that (despite what others have said about smoothness) it wouldn't be a big hit with me. I also know exactly what you mean about the quality feel since I have the same complaint about my falcon.

I am really glad you posted this review, and the writing sample especially was/is invaluable.
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#10 Uncle Red

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 18:49

Thanks for the review. I love fat, wet stubs and this nib looks great. I'm not a fan of c/c pens however so it's not as high on the list as it could be.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 23:05

Great nib, one of my favorites. For an additional $500 you can have it on a Nakaya. Posted Image
I have a lot of really good nibs on very cheap pens, but I guess it is better to have both.
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 18:36

Reading this review is making me think twice about having put mine up for sale...:mellow:
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 00:48

It is an absolutely untempermemtal pen. I can carry it for weeks and it starts right up. Follows my fast hand, delivers a variety of strokes and is a pleasure.
I did (do) a lot of on the street drawing with it and it is a tool I carry everywhere.






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