3 months of leaving a pen sitting around is bordering on a long time, IMO.
It is arguably a long time. On the other hand, my Rotring Initial pens almost never dry out on me (in spite of not having made any marketing claims about resisting drying out, but only about their suitability for air travel due the Air Pressure Compensation feature); neither does my Rotring 400 (which has had Noodler's X-Feather ink sitting in it for literally
years without getting refilled, and writes immediately every single time when every several months I have a use for it). My Monteverde Monza pens don't, and my Sailor Lecoule pens don't; and then, of course my Platinum Plaisir and #3776 Century pens don't, either. (However, my non-Century #3776 pens do dry out while capped and unused
I don't dislike my Platinum Balance pens per se, but I just cannot think of a single "winning feature" on which to recommend it to friends and colleagues (i.e. someone with whom I have an ongoing relationship I care about maintaining positively). Oh, yes, its steel nib is kinda bouncy, but then I don't assume that's universally considered a desired characteristic in fountain pens; I think that has its place in some applications, but not "better" than "nails" by default generally speaking
It would be nice to see Platinum evolve this pen by keeping the relatively smooth transition from the section to the barrel, (unlike the 3776 and Procyon), keep the snap cap, but upgrade the form of the design to something more mature or stylish, remove that glaring inner cap which looks like something suspect solidified in the pen, and put in the Slip and Seal that's even in the $4 Preppy.
Not before it puts up the price of the evolved (still steel-nibbed) model — but then that price point is effectively already occupied by the Procyon in Platinum's product line-up.
As a consumer and fountain pen user, I almost never support any "suggestions" from my fellows about how to make a pen look nicer or classier, or functionally superior, unless they're accompanied by, "If it was improved that way, my wallet would be more open to the manufacturer, who can then ask more higher prices in return for the improvements in its offering," especially if the product sells well enough as-is at the current pricing.
I've just cleaned my blue and black Platinum Balance pens, and inked them with full fills of KWZ Ink Walk Over Vistula and Warsaw Dreaming respectively — the same inks in my blue and black Rotring Initial pens, which were last refilled many months ago (before I started keeping a logbook of which pen was inked when); my best guess would be early February.
I suspect the Platinum Balance pens will dry out before the Rotring Initial pens, even now when I have less of a need to refill the latter than before.
Edited by A Smug Dill, 13 May 2019 - 02:18.
I'm a fountain pen enthusiast, but not your consultant (as a fellow consumer) to advise on getting better value-for-money from your discretionary spending or protecting your investment in the hobby. I like to share the particularly meritorious or disappointing traits of products I've used, through product reviews and replies to others' posts, but please don't expect (or ask) me to frame things specifically in terms of how it would apply to your choice of pens, inks and paper products, or satisfy your preferences for shading, sheen, wet, broad, cheap, et cetera.