I’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.