Platinum. The name of a super precious metal, and one of the largest pen companies in Japan. Part of the Big Three: the trifecta of Japanese pen companies that make almost all of the quality writing instruments in Japan; Pilot, Sailor, and Platinum.
This means that when you pick up a pen from one of these three you’re bound to be holding a very good one. Of course, such quality isn’t born overnight. Each company has been working on perfecting the writing instrument for around 100 years, and every pen is born from that collection of experience.
Platinum is no exception.
In the hand the pen is surprisingly light for its size, but this is mainly because of the slightly cheaper plastic used in the body, cap, and section. It does make the pen feel of lesser quality when compared to competitors such as the Sailor 1911, but Platinum has recently upped the quality considerably with the release of the #3776 Century model, which we will review at a later date.
The name comes from the height of Mt Fuji in metres, 3,776m. This is a similar concept to Mont Blanc engraving on each of their nibs the height of the Mont Blanc mountain. I don’t believe it has been copied either way, however. The name is displayed front-and-centre on the cap band ring, which is engraved “Platinum #3776 Japan”.
Beyond the initial feel, the pen is very comfortable to hold. My preference is towards medium to light weight pens, and the 3776 fits well within that range. Heavy pen fans with very large hands will be better off purchasing a Platinum President (review soon!), or if you don’t have the extra dough, a Pilot Custom 74 (review soon!). In my hands, the size is medium-large. It’s larger than a Sailor Sapporo (review soon!), but not as big as the Pilot Custom 74.
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