Platinum #3776 Century Chartres Blue

Who am I to pass up a bargain? I certainly got one with this pen and got it so I could try the C nib. More on that later. The price was so good I’m going to brag. $67 US. There it is. 🙂 it was an auction from a Japanese seller on eBay and the pen was promptly shipped from Tokyo with EMS. The Japanese postal system is wicked fast I can’t say enough nice things.

Now I have a history with Platinum. I first bought the #3776 Shoji and sent it back immediately when I first discovered the blob–an injection molding scar on the underside of the section. Boo. I didn’t even get to ink it. After that I got the President thinking it was a step up. It wasn’t. Since doing the review of that pen I’m happy to report it has been sold. In the year and a half of owning that pen I inked it three times. I just can’t get behind this brand. The materials feel cheap and the parts ill fitting. Fit and finish is definitely a fail.
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Then I saw this pen. I really wanted to try the C nib which stands for double broad somehow. Not sure. Somewhere I saw that it was coarse? Like a coarse or thick line? Anyway I wanted to try one. When I saw the auction I jumped on it.

No blob!! At least it’s not noticeable on this darker material. A friend bought a Nice Pur in Japan and it has a very noticeable blob. If you’re particular like me you should skip the light demonstrators. The dark transparent blue is really pretty on this pen. I enjoy that.
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The build–still not great. I don’t love the feel of this pen and I think Platinum needs to work on their manufacturing process and maybe they need more hand finishing. The quality matches the price I paid and not the MSRP of $220.

My pen came without a converter and I complained about that in the video and had to chop the video in half because of that. I went back to the original auction description and it did say there that there was no converter. My bad. I guess I should read those closer. I’ve since bought a converter and it works great.
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The pen writes well. Ironically with all the attention to this slip and seal cap design being able to stop a pen drying out for up to two years–mine is s bit of a hard starter. The cartridge that came with the pen was hard to get going and often was every time I uncapped the pen. I ditched the cartridge before even getting halfway through and put in a converter and inked it with Sei Boku ink. Very nice line and it’s slightly less of a hard starter now. This is very much a double broad and I enjoy that.

What else can I say? Not sure. I might sell this pen too. Time will tell. Either way this is probably my last Platinum. I can’t recommend this brand.

Super great deals on Platinum 3776 pens at Pen Chalet.

4 Comments

  1. Barry Conway

    Sorry to hear your troubles with Platinum. I have the 3776 Chartes and love it. It fits my hand andthe broad nib is to die for. I have 2 other 3776’s with no QC issues. I do mnot like the President, however. Poor writer. My lesser Platinum are all delightful

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Thanks for your comment! Yeah it’s ok. I don’t need to love Platinum / Nakaya. No pen is a one-size-fits-all. 🙂 more money for Duofolds that way.

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  2. Thiago

    Hello! Nice review! Have you ever tryed a platinum with a soft fine nib? I have one and I live it, it’s VERY fine, but quite smooth, and with a pleasant bounce. Much better than the pilot falcon. I really recommend it. I have only one platinun president and don’t like it much either, but the soft fine is a winner!

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Thank you for your comment. I have tried the soft fine but I’m more of s broad guy with Japanese nibs. I also generally prefer rigid nibs. I know mine isn’t the most popular opinion but I like what I like I guess. 🙂

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