The Platinum Preppy is a fountain pen that costs around £3 in the UK (and about $3-$4.50 in the US). They can be found with an extra-fine nib (02), medium nib (05) or, as with this one, a fine nib (03). When purchased the trim on the pen will match the ink colour, of which there are many options. (How many depends on where you are looking and which size nib you are buying.)
You’re not restricted to the ink colour you originally bought, of course. The Preppy takes proprietary Platinum cartridges or, with an adaptor, standard international cartridges. It can also be converted to an eye-dropper.
The barrel looks a bit horrid, if I’m honest. What appear to be ugly stickers plastered all over it are in fact printed on and so you’re stuck with them.
The clip is liable to break if you’re not careful with it. The cap however does post nicely and with the whole pen being so light it’s well balanced whether used posted or not. Likewise, it’s a comfortable length and width however you like to write.
I’ve heard talk of Preppy’s being a bit hit and miss in terms of nibs but this particular one is really very good. It’s smooth and there’s no skipping. I’ve used pens that have literally been over ten times as expensive that haven’t been as pleasant to write with.
This pen has travelled by plane to three different countries with me and it hasn’t let me down. It will last forever but it isn’t the end of the world if it’s lost of get broken. It’s ugly, there’s no getting away from that, but it’s great to write with.
Many thanks to Ian for the great review. You can check out Ian's blog at Pens! Paper! Pencils!