Review: Platinum 3776 Ribbed Fountain Pen

photo of the Platinum 3776 RibbedI have several Platinum fountain pens and have always enjoyed their nibs, including the inexpensive Plaisir and Preppy. The Platinum 3776 Ribbed is my latest addition although it wasn’t the pen design that I targeted, rather, I wanted the ultra extra fine nib and this was the pen I picked for the nib.

Why I Bought It

nib on the Platinum 3776 RibbedAs I mentioned, I mainly bought the nib and the pen was attached. I already have a couple regular Platinum 3776 pens so I wanted a little variation. The black w/gold trim version was readily available but I prefer something other than gold trim so I looked around a bit. I also found mention of a red version but it was at least $50 more and from unknown sellers. Plus it still had gold trim. So I opted for black w/gold trim and ordered it from nibs.com (Classic Fountain Pens) so that UEF nib would be tuned before it was sent to me. When collecting links for this post I noticed that the pen is no longer available from nibs.com and appears to be discontinued by Platinum but may still be around from other retailers and eBay.

What I Got

The pen is basic black with gold trim. The ribbed design adds some character. In theory, the ribs help dissipate the heat from the hand so it doesn’t warm the ink. Assuming the gold bands are separators they separate the ribs into a “3776” pattern. Three on the cap above the band, then 14 (7 + 7) between the two bands, then six after the second band. My fingers never touch the bands so they don’t impact my grip although they provide a nice tactile feel when uncapping the pen. The ribs started out just being different but I’ve grown to actually like the look of the pen.

It’s a click on cap yet for some reason, even after several months of use, I still want to unscrew the cap. The 14k gold nib is solid gold in color which complements the trim color.

The pen is made of plastic and although it doesn’t feel cheap and there’s no visible seams. But it does feel like plastic. This has the benefit of making the pen nice and light.

The pen uses Platinum’s proprietary cartridges and converter. (A converter and one black cartridge were included.) There is a platinum to international adapter available although I’ve never used it.

The Numbers

  • Length Capped:  5.6015″  (142.28 mm)
  • Length Uncapped:  4.99″  (126.74 mm)
  • Length Posted:  6.5″  (165.1 mm)
  • Section Length:  0.8710″  (22.12 mm)
  • Section Diameter (near nib):  0.3865″  (9.82 mm)
  • Section Diameter (below first rib):  0.4650″  (11.81 mm)
  • Section Diameter (mid-section):  0.4025″  (10.22 mm)
  • Cap Diameter:  0.5645″  (14.34 mm)
  • Barrel Diameter (at gold band):  0.5130″  (13.02 mm)
  • Weight:  .8 oz  (22 g)
  • Weight (body only):  .5 oz  (14 g)

Using the Pen

At 5″ in length the pen fits comfortably in my hand unposted and is so light that fatigue seems nearly impossible. The pen does post securely and the cap is light so the pen is still well balanced when posted, but I prefer to not post my pens.

The first ink for this pen was the included Platinum black ink cartridge. It took about 20 minutes for the ink to reach the nib, without any added help other than keeping the nib pointing down. But that was the only time I had to wait for ink. When I replaced the cartridges there was still water in the feed so I suspect that helped the new ink reach the nib faster. The Platinum cartridges have a metal ball inside to help the ink flow. This can cause some noise as the pen moves, which can be distracting at times.

As the name implies, the ultra extra fine nib puts down a nice thin line. A light touch is all that’s needed since the ink flows well. The 14K gold nib is a bit of a contradiction. It has some spring (not flex) under pressure, but when I write normally it feels like a nail. But I like my thin nibs to imitate nails as they put down a consistent line, so I’m very happy with the nib. For such a thin nib it’s extremely smooth. I couldn’t say it’s this way out of the box or because it was tuned by John Mottishaw.

Ink flow using the converter was also very good and problem free. The large opening allows plenty of ink to reach the feed. Leaving the pen to sit unused for over a week did result in a dry nib when it was uncapped but the ink did reach the nib quickly without needing to be forced.

Due to the thin line I plan on sticking with darker inks with this pen. I have a small cache of Platinum Black and Platinum Carbon black ink cartridges so those will probably be the ink of choice for this pen in the foreseeable future.

Below is a recent writing sample comparing it to two fine nibs.

writing sample comparison

Cleaning the Pen

There’s not much to say here. The pen cleans easily. Just a couple flushes with the bulb syringe and it’s clean.

Inks Used

I used both the Platinum Black cartridge included with the pen and a Platinum Carbon Black cartridge that I already had. Both inks put down a consistently thin, dark line. The Carbon Black is a pigment based ink and didn’t have a problem with the thin nib.

I also used Rohrer & Klingner Salix in the converter. Like the other inks it was also problem free.

Wrapping Up

I’m extremely pleased with the nib and I’m glad it’s part of my accumulation. The pen has been inked since I got it in January and used regularly. It’s never failed to please me. There hasn’t been any skipping and the only hard start was after it sat unused for about 10 days. The hard start was quickly resolved as the ink reached the nib on its own. The ribbed design gives the pen some character which I like. I’d prefer silver trim but the gold is growing on me. Bottom line, this pen is a keeper.

Addtional Reading

The Pen Addict reviews the UEF nib on the regular 3776 pen.

Video at Goulet Pens reviews several Platinum nibs.

Gallery

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3 thoughts on “Review: Platinum 3776 Ribbed Fountain Pen

  1. Nice review Ray thanks! I can’t bring myself to spend serious money to try a UEF nib. Being a medium guy for a long time I just bought an EF in a higher priced pen and really like it. Maybe someday I’ll take the next jump to UEF.

    • The thinner nibs are definitely riskier. Plus, I wouldn’t try smoothing or adjusting the nib myself and any roughness gets magnified. But for me, there’s nothing better.

      Thanks for reading!
      Ray

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