The Platinum #3776 Century is my first Platinum fountain pen. In December, a pen friend of mine from New York recommended that I give it a try. A few days later, I was unwrapping it as a Christmas present from my family. I'm so lucky to have a family that understands my pen addiction! After using the #3776 regularly for over a month, I can tell why others enjoy it so much.
- 14k gold nib
- Gold plated appointments
- Refill type: Converter/Cartridge
- Length (Capped): 140mm
- Length (Uncapped): 120mm
- Length (Posted): 159mm
- Weight, Capped: 20g
- Weight, Uncapped: 10g
The Platinum #3776 Century arrived nicely packaged. There is a white outer box with the Platinum logo printed on it in blue ink. Removing the white box reveals a well-constructed blue leatherette case in which you'll find the pen, ink cartridge, warranty card, and instruction manual. All in all, the pen is packaged very securely. BEWARE: Platinum does not include a converter, so you'll have to purchase one separately. The Platinum converter is quite affordable and will cost you less than $9.00 at most online retailers. You have a choice between a gold or silver colored converter to match the trim of your pen.
If you're looking for a pen with classic design, the Platinum #3776 Century may be the right pen for you. In fact, at a glance, the #3776 looks similar to a Montblanc 146. I find it to be quite gorgeous, but it may be lackluster for those who don't share the same appreciation for a conservative look. The barrel is semi-translucent, so you can faintly see the ink sloshing in the converter. There are three gold-plated bands: the center band, one at the end of the pen, and the last near the grip. The clip is gold plated and also has a bit of spring.
The #3776 Century offers a beautiful nib made of 14k gold. It is stamped with #3776 and Platinum's logo. For those who don't already know, #3776 stands for the height (in meters) of Mt. Fuji in Japan. You'll also find a beautiful heart-shaped breather hole which greatly enhances the nibs overall appearance. With this model, Platinum included the "Slip & Seal" cap which prevents the pen from drying out for up to 24 months. The mechanism works by creating an airtight chamber to prevent moisture evaporation.
The selling point of the Platinum #3776 Century is its unique writing experience. The #3776 experience is unlike any other pen I've used. The fine point nib provides moderate feedback and is a tad noisier than most nibs. At first, I was concerned, but I did a bit of research to discover the noise is common in Platinum pens. Even though the pen is a tad noisier than most, the writing experience is still quite smooth. So far, I've exclusively used Diamine Oxblood and I find the pen lays down a very crisp and clean line. Ink flow is consistent and I have not experienced any troublesome starts. The nib is quite stiff, so line variation is limited with the #3776. BEWARE: The Japanese fine point nib is very similar to an extra fine point by western standards, so if you're accustomed to a western fine nib you may want to go with Platinums's medium nib.
Penman's Final Remark
The Platinum #3776 is a wonderful pen for those who enjoy a classic and understated fountain pen. The nib will provide the user with a unique and quality writing experience for an outstanding price!