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  1. bokchoy

    Daiso Riviere Ptr-200

    The Riviere PTR-200 is a cheap pen. That should set the tone for this review. I got it at Daiso some 2 years ago. It was 2 CAD (+ tax ). Others at the time said it was 1.50 USD. Visually, it's a slender plastic pen with a snap cap. The cream plastic is stainable and the body lettering doesn't line up with the nib. But these are minor cosmetic quibbles and this is a cheap pen. More importantly, I have no ergonomic complaints. It's not slippery, it's not unbalanced (since it's so light), it has no sharp edges and it's a good length for most hands. The best part is clearly the nib. It's stamped with Platinum's logo and shaped more traditionally than a Preppy's. Out of the self-adhesive plastic sleeve, my nib was functional but dry. It never skipped and it was great on absorbent paper. They say feedback is one of Platinum's characteristics. I personally liked the tactile feel and felt it improved my handwriting. It would've paired well with a lubricated ink. As I have some dry inks, I adjusted my nib for more flow. Width-wise, well... People said my Lamy EF is too fine and my Pilot M too broad. My Riviere PTR-200's M is somewhere in between. That is all I can say. This is from my ink log. Please draw your own conclusions: In addition to the Platinum nib, this pen accepts Platinum cartridges. A converter is worth several of these pens so I've been refilling the cartridge. Originally, this was going to be something I could lend out or give away. It only got sporadic use. The cap seal is surprisingly decent and prevents hard starts for a week or two. It may last longer but I wouldn't know. Anyway, a spring is visible after removing the clip. Could this pen have one of Platinum's slip & seal inner caps? Although I like the cap seal, I have two complaints. Firstly, the clip is easy to slide off. Secondly, the inner cap is very strong. So strong, it eventually cracks the section! The pen is cheap and I don't expect it to last forever, but a Google search suggests I'm not alone. I was wondering why I had inky fingers. Then I noticed a barely-visible hairline crack: Time for this one to retire. I'm going to sum up this review with 4 words: good innards, cheap exterior.

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