The Latest Daily Writer

I’ve been using the Parson’s Italix as my everyday writer for a while but it’s time for a change.  What I look for in a pen for daily use is that it be a good writer and not worth a lot.
This pen turned up in a lot I bought recently,  It’s a smart pen, feels good in the hand and writes very well, though without any flex.  It’s worth very little.  What is it?
Yes, it’s a Platignum.  A gold-nibbed Platignum, though, and one with a solid feel to it.  Not really typical of the brand, though some of their post-war output, like this one, was made with the eye on quality that had been previously applied to the by-then shelved Mentmore*.  I think it will do very well.  As ever, firm-nibbed pens are a challenge to me.  I don’t automatically write well with them and I have to try a bit harder.  It’s character-forming.

*That was one of the most convoluted sentences I’ve ever been guilty of.  Of which I’ve ever been guilty.  Now I’m ending the sentence with a trailing preposition.  Sorry for hammering the grammar.


4 thoughts on “The Latest Daily Writer

  1. Don Powell says:

    Nice to see Platignum resurrected themselves in your eyes. Looks like a nice writer. I always struggled with grammar in school, so it’s nice to see you keep proper grammar alive and catch your own errors.

    • Hi Don,
      Platignum made some good pens in the later years. This one, which has no name it seems, is something of a surprise, so good is its quality. They also made a school pen called the Varsity which is a really well-made pen, though a little odd-looking. But of course they made some horrible cheap disasters and it is on these that their reputation is founded. That’s what people remember: the cheap-looking pen that spat ink at every opportunity and rarely worked properly for more than a few days. Whether lever fillers or the cartridge type, Platignum made some memorable stinkers.

      Grammar fell easily to me in school and it has become second nature now. Of course I can drop howlers with the best of them but that’s OK. It gives me a chance to play with language.

  2. rui says:

    In my wonderings through Ebay this weekend I picked up a “Platignum gold nib gift set” of a similar pen and a ball point pen. Both seemingly unused at first sight, the fountain pen is definitely uninked.

    The model of the fountain pen is a “GOLD NIB PRESSMATIC “M” and it looks very similar to your pen. The pen model engraving is immaculate but unlike yours it is a grey pen set.

    It has a filling system similar to many Parkers of yesteryear where one presses a transparent sac encapsulated in a bent steel ‘stripe’.

    Kind regards,


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