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#1 kadymae

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 04:12

First Impressions -

This is a simple, inexpensive pen in no-frills packaging.


Appearance & Finish -

This pen is cheap and mass produced, exactly what one would expect from a $3-4 fountain pen.

That said, the cap snaps on securely and has the nice touch of having an inner spring liner, a feature usually found on other, more expensive pens. (It's certainly not found on the Pilot Varsity or Petit 1.)

I gurantee you, though, that that clip will snap off if stressed.

However, while expense has been spared, the quality is not shoddy. Everything snaps or screws together as it should.

Also I'm not too fond of the writing and logo on the shaft, because they obscure what makes this pen so gosh darn neat -- it's the cheapest demonstrator FP on the market.

Design/ Size/Weight-

A Pelikan Pelikano this is not. While this pen doesn't feel fragile or delicate, it doesn't have the same "bulletproof" feeling of ruggedness that one gets from the $8 Pelikano jr.

Then again, it wasn't engineered to that level.

Capped, its just under 5.5 inches/13.5cm

Uncapped, it's 4.75 inches/12cm

Weight? Blessedly lightweight, but not so much that it feels flimsy. The balence is surpisingly good (I write unposted), only slightly bottom heavy. It's a pen that I can write for hours with before my hand starts feeling fatigued. The section is not too narrow nor too fat. It makes no pretense at having any kind of ergonomic design. I find the girth just right.

Nib Design & Performance-

The neat-o thing about Preppys is that the nib is the color of the ink in the pen. A gimmick, but fun none the less. This is a Blue Black color nib.


Performance wise, this $3 pen is the smooth and effortless performer that I wish my $38 Pilot Prera were. Smooth, with just a hint of tooth due to the fineness of the nib, which is noticibly narrower than my Lamy Safari F. I also get a bit of line weight variation, depending on the angle at which I hold the pen.

However, I hear that there is a great deal of variation in Preppy nib quality. I've luckily gotten a good one. YMMV.

The Filling System-

A very generous sized cartridge is the standard filling system. Some people have converted their Preppys into eyedropper fill. I'll shell out the $1.50 for two nice, big cartridges and/or use my syringe to refill the current cartridge.

Oh, a word if I may about Platinum's Blue-Black ink, while not advertised as such, this stuff is extremely water resistant, in fact it performs as well as Lamy Blue-Black (iron-gall) when subjected to 60 seconds of running water. It's faded, but still there.

Cost/Value-

In some ways, I feel I've gotten a $3 pen. In other ways, I feel I've gotten an $ 36 pen.

If you've gotten a good Preppy, you'll think you've gotten a steal. But, from what I hear, when these pens are bad, they are horrid.

Overall Opinion/Conclusion-

I'm very happy with my Preppy and will certainly invest in buying refills.


Edited by kadymae, 07 April 2008 - 04:14.

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 04:19

Hi,

You can get a Platinum converter and bottle of ink from Pendemonium or Ujuku if you'd like, then it would last quite a while. When I was on vacation, I saw the store display of these pens and got to try one out.

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 04:48

QUOTE(kadymae @ Apr 6 2008, 09:12 PM) View Post
Also I'm not too fond of the writing and logo on the shaft, because they obscure what makes this pen so gosh darn neat


The writing and logo are easily scraped off with your fingernails or the edge of a credit card.

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 13:11

Spring for an O-ring and some grease and make them ED fillers!!!

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Seriously I like these much better than the Pilot V-pens as well, even though mine are all ED fill converted and came "Free" with Noodler's inks. Great pens, nice review!



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Posted 07 April 2008 - 15:13

QUOTE(Dillo @ Apr 6 2008, 11:19 PM) View Post
Hi,

You can get a Platinum converter and bottle of ink from Pendemonium or Ujuku if you'd like, then it would last quite a while. When I was on vacation, I saw the store display of these pens and got to try one out.

Dillon

+1, I did this, and after a bit of tweaking, I had this thing writing as well as some of my more expensive steel nibbed pens. It's never going to write as smooth as a gold nib, but for under five bucks you can't complain. Definitely a solid pen, and an unbeatable value.

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 18:16

QUOTE(Dillo @ Apr 6 2008, 09:19 PM) View Post
Hi,

You can get a Platinum converter and bottle of ink from Pendemonium or Ujuku if you'd like, then it would last quite a while. When I was on vacation, I saw the store display of these pens and got to try one out.

Dillon


I already have a bottle of Platinum ink and love it. I think I'll get a few cartridges as backups and refill the one I have until it won't seal correctly.
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Posted 15 April 2008 - 19:59

I have a Noodlers freebie ED which is loaded with Baystate Blue and I have to admit that it has supplanted my Safari as my "go to" knock around pen. Heck I've been using it in the office a fair amount as well (and my Safari sits idle most of the time). It really is a nice little pen and a great value to boot - seems to be the best of the inexpensive pens that I've used by a decent margin.
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Posted 16 April 2008 - 17:08

I've tried using the converter- and it does fit, but it always gave me problems.

The converter always gave me flow issues that the cartridge never game me. I filled both from the converter and the "normal way" of through the nib. I had better success with the filling from the converter method, but never got the flow like a reg cartridge. I never tried refilling and empty cartridge though.

I have a couple of the eye droppers- but the marker varieties. I have a golden pig highlighter w/ O-Ring and grease. I also have a marker (non-chiseled highlighter tip- like a fine tip marker) that I made into and eye dropper with just grease and no o-ring that I have Blue Ghost UV ink in! Fun.

Edited by dennisraines, 16 April 2008 - 17:09.


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Posted 04 March 2012 - 14:53

<b>First Impressions -</b>

This is a simple, inexpensive pen in no-frills packaging.
<img src="http://i67.photobuck...ppyPackage.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />

<b>Appearance & Finish -</b>

This pen is cheap and mass produced, exactly what one would expect from a $3-4 fountain pen.

That said, the cap snaps on securely and has the nice touch of having an inner spring liner, a feature usually found on other, more expensive pens. (It's certainly not found on the Pilot Varsity or Petit 1.)
<img src="http://i67.photobuck.../PreppyCap.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />
I gurantee you, though, that that clip will snap off if stressed.

However, while expense has been spared, the quality is not shoddy. Everything snaps or screws together as it should.

Also I'm not too fond of the writing and logo on the shaft, because they obscure what makes this pen so gosh darn neat -- it's the cheapest demonstrator FP on the market.

<b>Design/ Size/Weight-</b>

A Pelikan Pelikano this is not. While this pen doesn't feel fragile or delicate, it doesn't have the same "bulletproof" feeling of ruggedness that one gets from the $8 Pelikano jr.

Then again, it wasn't engineered to that level.

Capped, its just under 5.5 inches/13.5cm

Uncapped, it's 4.75 inches/12cm

Weight? Blessedly lightweight, but not so much that it feels flimsy. The balence is surpisingly good (I write unposted), only slightly bottom heavy. It's a pen that I can write for hours with before my hand starts feeling fatigued. The section is not too narrow nor too fat. It makes no pretense at having any kind of ergonomic design. I find the girth just right.

<b>Nib Design & Performance-</b>

The neat-o thing about Preppys is that the nib is the color of the ink in the pen. A gimmick, but fun none the less. This is a Blue Black color nib.
<img src="http://i67.photobuck.../PreppyNib.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />

Performance wise, this $3 pen is the smooth and effortless performer that I wish my $38 Pilot Prera were. Smooth, with just a hint of tooth due to the fineness of the nib, which is noticibly narrower than my Lamy Safari F. I also get a bit of line weight variation, depending on the angle at which I hold the pen.

However, I hear that there is a great deal of variation in Preppy nib quality. I've luckily gotten a good one. YMMV.

<b>The Filling System-</b>

A very generous sized cartridge is the standard filling system. Some people have converted their Preppys into eyedropper fill. I'll shell out the $1.50 for two nice, big cartridges and/or use my syringe to refill the current cartridge.

Oh, a word if I may about Platinum's Blue-Black ink, while not advertised as such, this stuff is extremely water resistant, in fact it performs as well as Lamy Blue-Black (iron-gall) when subjected to 60 seconds of running water. It's faded, <i>but still there</i>.

<b>Cost/Value- </b>

In some ways, I feel I've gotten a $3 pen. In other ways, I feel I've gotten an $ 36 pen.

If you've gotten a good Preppy, you'll think you've gotten a steal. But, from what I hear, when these pens are bad, they are horrid.

<b>Overall Opinion/Conclusion-</b>

I'm very happy with my Preppy and will certainly invest in buying refills.

<img src="http://i67.photobuck...eppyReview.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" />


In the meanwhile i tried something else.
Get a siringe with a needle.....clean the cartridge and you can refill it with whatever fountainpenink you want.
The carts are so solid it is no problem and it holds moer ink then the converter does.
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 22:13

Or an alternative to the syringe; a plastic pipette is one-handed operation and no worries about purchasing.

Great review; thanks. I love the Preppys, always have a number of them loaded and ready to go.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 08:58

I have about 30-40 preppys in different formats

1. You dont actually need an O ring with these pens. Silicon grease is enough to keep them ink-tight
2. Dont shake them. The ink can creep up the sides of the feed and seep out the nib end of the pen around where the feed and the outer plastic section meet. Stick some super glue around this part and youll fully seal the pen.
3. The marker, hl, and fountain pen tips are all interchangeable. The pen body is exactly the same so any tip will work with any preppy
4. To get a rollerball, buy some noodlers rollerball tips from GouletPens or elsewhere and pull the marker felt out of a marker tip. Replace with the rollerball tip and youre good to go
5. To date i havent stained the insides of any of my preppys (even with baystate inks). Theyre pretty resilient.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 15:26

And they come in 05 as well as 03---kind of translates to either medium and fine.

Interesting eyedropper tip, thanks.

While I don't personally care to turn my Preppys into eyedroppers, I wonder if an o-ring alone would work?

I do own one pen made to specifically as an eyedropper: a Recife Crystal. That model uses an o-ring, no grease, and it hasn't yet leaked.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 19:27

Great review! I love my Preppies, but both have developed cracks. The plastic is so darned brittle. Even so, the Varsity doesn't have cartridges, let alone a converter (one of mine has the Preppy converter and the other is eyedropper).

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 22:20

I found my eyedropper preppy in a box, half full of HOD. I had not used the pen since last spring, so almost a year. I popped the cap and it wrote immediately! Now it is back in my school desk for use in my lab planning book.

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 03:49

I keep reading about how the Preppy fountain pen is a great little inexpensive pen so I got one. I couldn't get it to write so the company sent me another and I got another from Overstock. None of them write. Is there some kind of special handshake I should know about, a secret that makes these fountain pens operational? What am I doing wrong?



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Posted 05 November 2014 - 04:29

I keep reading about how the Preppy fountain pen is a great little inexpensive pen so I got one. I couldn't get it to write so the company sent me another and I got another from Overstock. None of them write. Is there some kind of special handshake I should know about, a secret that makes these fountain pens operational? What am I doing wrong?

The only "special handshake" I can think of is that the ink cartridge needs to be firmly engaged with the back of the feed.  If the ball bearing inside the cartridge isn't rattling around freely, it may still be lodged at the mouth of the cartridge, and preventing ink flow.

 

Oh, one other thing: the ink can take a little while to work its way through the feed to the nib.  Have you tried leaving the pen upside down for 10-15 minutes after installing the cartridge?



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Posted 05 November 2014 - 07:24

You might try to run some dilute dish soap / water sol'n. through the works (1/4 c. Tepid water plus 2-3 drops liquid soap) then rinse with clear water and dry well with clean paper towel. This is a standard 'first thing to do' for any new pen, helping remove oils that inhibit the flow of ink.

Just like a good detective, especially with pens from different sources, I don't believe in coincidence. Three mass produced pens will not all fail, when everyone else in the world has no trouble, it's you, not the pen. Figure it out, you'll be glad you did!






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