Founded in 1919 in Japan, Platinum pens are designed with both traditional and modern techniques. The Maki-e pens feature classic Japanese motifs using a technique from the Tempyro Era (710-794). Prices range from the affordable Plaisir fountain pen ideal for children (£10) to the ornate Fuji Raijin pen covered with fragments of gold leaf. All Platinum pens feature high quality nibs, their music nib coveted for its extra smooth ink flow. We stock Platinum ink cartridges, converters and bottled ink.
View AllFounded in 1919 in Japan, Platinum pens are designed with traditional and modern techniques. The Maki-e pens feature classic Japanese motifs using a technique from the Tempyro Era (710-794). Prices range from the affordable Plaisir fountain pen ideal for children (£10) to the ornate Fuji Raijin pen covered with fragments of gold leaf. All Platinum pens feature high quality nibs, and their music nib is coveted for its extra smooth ink flow. We stock Platinum ink cartridges, converters and bottled ink.
Platinum FountainPlatinum are best known for their fountain pens, with high quality nibs and extra smooth writing (look out for the music nib, popular amongst artists and calligraphers). Their 3776 features an oversized 18k gold nib, with some models featuring their patented slip and seal mechanism to stop the ink drying out. The colourful Plaisir makes a Platinum fountain pen available to all, and is a great beginner’s pen. Fine, medium and broad nib options are available, whilst Platinum’s own ink cartridge must be used.
Platinum RollerballPlatinum pens, the finest of Japanese writing instruments, are also available as rollerballs. Made according to the ancient Maki-e method, these Platinum rollerball pens are sprinkled with gold dust before lacquering, creating intricate birdlife motifs. All pens are fitted with a black ink refill, and are compatible with our Ohto refill (also from Japan), which is the euro-format size and shape.
Platinum MultifunctionWe stock the Sarabo multifunction pen from Platinum, characterised by its clean lines and satisfying weight (fitted with a pencil, black and red ballpen). The Platinum Sarabo takes a standard multifunction refill from brands such as Lamy and Ohto.
Platinum PencilsThough more famous for traditional pens, Platinum pencils prove they’re also masters of innovation. The everyday OLEeNU has been cleverly engineered to save lead, whilst the Pro-USE, specially designed for draftsmen, is available with leads as narrow as 0.3mm. All pencils from Platinum feature a hidden eraser under the cap, and come in 3 different lead thickness; 0.3mm, 0.5mm, 0.7mm.
Platinum Inks & RefillsPlatinum fountain pens are designed for use with special Platinum ink cartridges, available in black, red and blue. We also stock fountain pen converters and bottled ink in a range of colours (the carbon ink should be used with the carbon desk pen and stand). Our range of mix free inks can be mixed to create any colour and hue. Platinum rollerball and multifunction pens take standard size refills from brands such as Lamy and Ohto.
Black ink from Platinum has a definite black colour, without the colour discolouration you can see in inks from other brand’s, such as yellow and green tinges. Platinum don’t offer a standard medium blue ink, instead they offer a light blue which we would call ‘Cyan’ which we think looks fantastic but is best used sparingly. We have been on the lookout for the perfect blue black colour, and the offering from Platinum delivered with its midnight blue colour. The ink layered nicely and gave varied effects when using the brush.
The Fujin Raijin fountain pen exemplifies Platinum’s dedication to traditional Japanese arts and crafts, designed to give the appearance of a painting on a folding screen and depicting the Japanese wind and thunder God. The gold surface of the pen has an elegant golden glow, created with the ancient art of Momi Chirashi. Gold leaf is rolled to a thickness of one ten thousandth of a millimetre, then cut into fragments and pasted together to create a sense of depth. Fujin Raijin is then painted onto the surface using the Hira Makie technique, a combination of traditional handpainting and silver/gold powder.