I think the Prefounte is a really good update/evolution from the Preppy.
I like the Preppy, but the aesthetics and plastic clip:
- kept me from using it in a more professional setting,...
- kept me from feeling that "fountain pen pride" of having a good looking pen. I'm not a stickler for aesthetics, but I don't like pens that look like a toy, and for me the Preppy was in that category along with the TWSBI GO and Pilot Kakuno and others.
- Ultimately kept me from buying more.
It may compete with the Plaisir, but for me, I was never intending to purchase the Plaisir because I don't like metal pens and the design never really spoke to me unlike the Prefounte, with which Platinum hit a bullseye on that balance with aesthetics, functionality, design/shape, and value, bringing together very well those little things like:
- A Metal clip (unlike the Preppy)
- Mature design/shape (unlike the Preppy)
- Transparent inner cap (versus the ugly opaque one on the Platinum Cool)
- Keeping it resin (unlike the Plaisir)
- Transparent/Semi transparent resin so I can see the ink level (unlike the Plaisir)
- Comfortable section shape of the Preppy/Plaisir they kept with the Prefounte (may also interchange as well)
- and so on..
...which are very important to me to have together to consider purchasing any pen.
...The Prefounte really stands out for me beyond the Preppy, Plaisir and even the Cool, to the to the point that I actually want to purchase it.
And furthermore the Prefounte steps into categories of being an:
- EDC I'd be comfortable/proud to be seen in public with,
- A highly functional affordable pen I'm not afraid to lose,
- A professional looking pen I can take to work and not feel self conscious about (hospital setting),
- A gift away pen to newbies, children, or others to appreciate fountain pens without looking like a toy, while actually having some class to the aesthetics.
I think it's great that Platinum is not letting their current line-up limit them from adapting and perfecting their own products, which is a common problem I see with fountain pens and a cause for stagnation in the development and evolution of product line-ups.
But I also hope Platinum extends that attitude to the Platinum Cool as well or even the Procyon which I personally wish had a steel #6 sized nib and was resin, especially since the prices of the Platinum 3776's rose significantly recently. And I wouldn't mind seeing a Piston-Filler either as an adaptation of the 3776 or something of its own.
Edited by Mongoosey, 26 September 2019 - 19:42.