These Just In: A Couple Platinum 3776 Century Pens

Among my year end pen arrivals were two Platinum 3776 Century pens. I’ve been curious about Platinum pens since I learned they still make their own nibs. I also like the style of the pens. So I pulled the trigger when prices seemed to drop a bit at the end of the year. At least they were lower than the last time I checked.

I got the Platinum 3776 Century Bourgogne (Burgundy) with a fine 14kt gold nib and the Platinum 3776 Blue Chartres with a extra fine 14kt gold nib.

Why I Bought the Pens

Mainly to try the Platinum nibs but I also like the translucent nature of the colors and the traditional cigar shape of the pens.

First Impressions

The look of the pens varies depending on the light, especially with the blue pen. Sometime the Chartres Blue appears black, while the Bourgogne has less of a color range. There’s metal inside the barrel so use as an eye dropper is out. These aren’t really see through so the convertor or cartridge doesn’t look bad. But it might be cool to see the translucence with a half full barrel of ink sloshing around in there.

The pen is light, especially since I write without posting the cap. It can be posted although the cap would just be held on by friction and I’d always be concerned about marring the finish.

The Bourgogne didn’t include a convertor, just a black ink cartridge. I did order a convertor, but from a different vendor and it didn’t arrive with the pen.

The Chartres Blue was chock full of goodies, a picture of them is in the gallery. There was a convertor and pigment blue ink cartridge. There was also a card telling me I got pen #74 out of the first 2000. This isn’t a limited edition, but apparently the first 2000 get these serial number cards. There was also a rubber stamp that says “Written Using Platinum Pigment Ink” and a instruction sheet.

First Ink

The Bourgogne arrived first and I used a Platinum Brown ink cartridge that I already had rather than the included back cartridge. There’s a nice wide opening where the catridge meets the feed

The nib is a smooth writer, although I’ve pretty much stuck to Rhodia and other fountain pen friendly paper so far. As expected it’s a very thin fine line. There’s a picture in the gallery that has a writing sample for these two pens plus my latest Edison fine nib.

The Blue Chartres has the extra fine nib. I like thin nibs, but I was afraid this Japanese extra fine would be too thin. I first inked it up with the included pigment blue cartridge. This was a complicated experience. I’m not a fan of blue inks so there is some bias here. I flushed out the pen before using it to get rid of any manufacturing residue. The blue was very thin and very light. At first I thought I had left some water behind but time and more writing didn’t help. Flow was also a bit uneven, no real skipping but the writing was really light at times. Shading? Anyway, since this wasn’t a pleasing experience I popped out the cartridge  flushed the pen again, and put Aurora Black in the convertor.

Things were much better with the dark black of Aurora black. The flow is good despite the thin nib. The line seems as thin as my Pilot VP Needlepoint nib (aka XXXF).


Click any thumbnail to open it in the gallery.