Review: Platinum #3776 Century Bourgogne

Platinum #3776 Century BourgnoneI’ve had the Platinum #3776 Century Bourgogne since December. It’s had a Platinum Brown ink cartridge in it since then but it’s gotten very little use. This has been a good test of the “slip & seal” cap that prevents ink evaporating from the nib. I can’t say it meets the claim of preventing evaporation for a year, but it was untouched for a full month and wrote immediately when it touched the paper. Since then it’s only been used every week or two when I write the samples and it’s worked first time, every time. Until now that is. I’ve been using it as my primary writer for the past few days.

This is the Burgundy (which is bourgogne in French) version with a Fine nib. The pen is listed as made of resin which sounds better than plastic. Plastic is a resin so the plastic feel of the pen isn’t surprising. It does feel like a better quality plastic than the Sailor Clear Candy I reviewed recently and the color is gorgeous with a depth to it.

I really like the burgundy color which has a nice translucence that adds some depth to the color. The gold trim also works well with the dark burgundy in my opinion. It’s a simple, but classic design which I like.

The pen has a 14K gold nib that’s a smooth writer. There’s no hint of feedback and flow is consistent and smooth. It put down a fairly wet, but thin line. It’s not a gusher, but there’s never a even a hint that the pen can’t keep up.

The pen takes a proprietary cartridge or converter so there’s no swapping with other brands. That is a bit of a downside although if it helps provide better ink flow it’s worth it. The cartridges contain a little metal ball which moves around in the cartridge to mix the ink. I can sometimes hear the metal ball moving inside the pen. I don’t find it annoying and it’s really soft, but it might annoy some people. The converter wouldn’t have this issue of course.

The pen should clean easily with one caveat (so far I’ve only done an initial flush before inking it up for the first time). The cartridge/converter sits fairly deep inside a metal collar when it’s inserted onto the feed. This makes it tough to force water through. My existing bulb syringes don’t form a good seal over the feed. Once I have an empty cartridge I’ll cut the top off and will be able to use it for cleaning. That collar is metal so using the pen as an eye dropper fill isn’t an option.

As for price, they’re currently selling for about $176. When you consider gold nibs typically command a $90-125 premium over a steel nib on the same pen it’s not such a bad price. While the pen is plastic resin, it does feel like a quality pen. Add a great writing nib to that and I think it’s worth the price. If you insist on a gold nib then it’s a great price. I do have steel nib pens that are smooth writers so from that point of view the price is competitive.

The pen feels comfortable while writing. It’s a nice light pen. The ink flows easily from the nib so no pressure is needed. Long writing sessions aren’t tiring at all. They cap can be posted and the pen is still light and well balance. But that’s from someone who doesn’t post pens.

Overall, a nice pen that I’m glad to have in my accumulation.

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14 thoughts on “Review: Platinum #3776 Century Bourgogne

  1. Nice review. I’ve been thinking of getting one of these. Keep inmind Platinum does make an adapter you can use with international cartridges, so if you don’t want to buy proprietary carts, the $5 is worth it.

  2. I liked my bourgogne so much I bought another one from a Japanese seller — a black one with an SF nib that I have yet to ink. Some people have commented that the plastic of the bourgogne is prone to scratches. I think there’s some truth to this claim. I’ve had mine for about three months and I recently noticed the fine scratches on it. Still love the way the pen writes.

    • I don’t have any scratches on mine. It does travel in a F-C Penvelope case that has a sleeve for each pen. But it doesn’t get any special handling. The color might make scratches more visible though. It doesn’t seem any cheaper than my Sailor 1911’s which are similar but cost a bit more.

      Ray

      • I have a pen case for mine as well. But actually I think you’re right that the material makes the scratches more visible. The black version feels the same as the Bourgogne but the micro-scratches are hidden.

        That’s another thing I’ve read in forums — that the Sailors are built better. Not having a Sailor myself, I couldn’t compare the two pens. Glad to know.

  3. Man, I go back and forth with this pen. It looks incredible and I hear the nib is amazing, but I hear the barrel is just too cheap. Really nice looking pen though.

    • I have no quarrel with the barrel. I keep mine in a single pouch and so no scratches. The design is beautiful …classic. Some people are harder on pens than others. I admire this pen.

    • I haven’t had any scratches on mine. Granted, the Penvelope case my pens travel in has a sleeve for each pen. Scratches might be more noticeable because of the translucence they’re more noticeable than other pens.
      Ray

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  5. Man, all these reviews make me feel bad because I just bought this pen in a medium and it’s really scratchy. Being my first expensive pen, it made me very sad.

    • Hi Prachi,
      Sorry to hear about your scratchy nib. Platinum has had nice nibs in my experience (although I’ve never used one of their medium nibs), at all price points, and they have a good reputation. Not that that make you feel any better. Have you tried an exchange or refund with the seller? Or have you tried different inks? I’ve had some pens which just didn’t get along with certain inks.

      Thanks for reading,
      Ray

      • It took a bit of smoothing and a lubricated ink (Noodler’s black) but it’s writing really well now! Thanks very much for your help 🙂

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