This is my first pen review on this blog, first review in all to be precise. I thought I would talk about the latest addiction to my fountain pen family, the Platignum Vibe.
So this came from one of my go-to british stationery stores, Cult Pens. I first looked at Platignum because of a promotion they were having for the brand, when I purchased my TWSBI Mini I received a flyer with a discount on all Platignum pens.
Once I checked out their range I found some really nice designs and one that appealed to me, the Vibe. I thought this would be a great chance to try out a lower end fountain pen.
The Vibe really struck out to me because of its slim design, most of the pens I own all have some thickness to them so a thinner one is a welcome change. It's available in two colour options, white & Black. I chose the white and i'm so glad I did, it's such a beautiful pen! The construction is aluminium with brass fittings, this gives the pen a nice weight which I think is necessary having such a thin body. The grip section is made of a plastic, very comfortable to hold.
The white on this is in a matte finish and the black accents are glossy, the contrast of colour and finish is really striking. It has a surprisingly strong clip and I especially love the detail it has, shaped to look like a fountain pen nib! Overall the build quality is higher than I was expecting for the price. I would say the plastic used for the grip section doesn't feel too strong but i'll get back to that.
Platignum fountain pens only come with a medium nib as standard. This isn't a huge deal for me, I would have enjoyed to have the option of a fine but I'll get over it. Theres no fancy carving or detail on the nib but I'll get over that too.
The only other medium nib I've wrote with is one of Lamy's and in comparison it is very similar. Not as smooth but there isn't a huge difference. I've found the ink flow to be very consistent and even on most paper, it's just a really great standard fountain pen and extremely fun to write with.
Cult Pens had another promotion running at the time with Platignum pens, with every pen you chose a free refill. I decided on their converter, which was made for use in the Vibe only. Because of the slim design of the pen it only fits Platignum cartridges or their converter, Cult Pens have tried out standard international cartridges and apparently they work fine, I don't have any to try out myself so you'll have to take their word on that one! When I went to ink up for the first time with the free converter (making this an even better deal) it was an incredibly tight squeeze, I was worried to push too hard incase I would crack the plastic of the grip or damage the converter, that too didn't feel like it was made of a strong quality plastic. But after some patience and careful pressure I got the converter in and working.
I don't have much more to say than I enjoy using it. Since I got the replacement I've been using Noodler's X-Feather ink, which I think may be one of my favourite blacks so far!