Ah the 14K gold music nib. Those two slits make your ink dance across the page as you deliver more of it than you’re used to. Standard look, exceptional feel.
My Short Video Review Platinum Music Nib
You interested in finding out more? Good read on through our journey around this music nib.
First what’s a music nib? I’m glad you asked. It’s a nib with two slits and three tines.
It allows for A LOT of ink to page, great for writing music and easily creating the solid, ink-filled dots in the bottom of quarter-notes.
If you’ve never read music, (thanks mom for seven years of flute lessons!) I’m sure you’ve seen it. The image to the right is of a music note, you can imagine how long it’d take if you used a normal pen to try to create a page full of these!
At first glance this is a rather traditional pen. Pulling it out of the box I wasn’t excited (yet!) but was pleased with the quality of the delicate engraving on the cap band and overall balanced feel when removing it from the box.
How Does The Nib Perform On Different Papers?
The Platinum 3776 Century music nib fountain pen comes in black or burgundy with either a flat or ribbed body. You can also find it in gold trim or rhodium. I’m reviewing the black with flat body. (Thankfully, because the ribbed doesn’t appeal to me at all.)
“Slip and Seal” Technology:
The first two rotations of capping the pen are standard, the last 1/4 turn is engaging the movable mechanism that seals the end of the section to a lip on the plastic liner inside of the cap, making the seal more airtight.
AT first glance the clip is really nondescript. It has a small engraved line around the perimeter of the clip and attaches to a ring under the blind cap. The cap band, however, is handsome. It is one thicker band with two depressions that run along the top and bottom, bordered by a thin band of gold right above it.
The engraving reads #3776 Platinum MADE IN JAPAN around it with some Japanese markings that I’m unable to translate. Very delicate engraving. The body itself looks like most other fountain pens, a standard black with a sheen. Not shiny, not flat.
That’s where the similarities end…
You uncap this baby and a whole new world delights you! I’m reviewing the music nib, but Ultra Extra Fine, EF, F, M, Broad and Extra Broad are available all in 14K gold, some rhodium plated if you prefer that tone.
The Platinum 3776 Century Music comes with long cartridges and a converter and I managed to get a lot of use out of the one long cartridge (more on that later…)
How Does The Nib Perform On Different Papers?
Where the rubber meets the road, performance.
Ah, I was doubtful this run-of-the-mill looking fountain pen would have me hooked. I mean, it’s so average looking! Ah, but when you write, whoa baby, that’s where the music nib makes writing sheer fun.
First, for the uninitiated, the music nib is designed with two slits and three tines. I explained it earlier, but in case you were scanning rather than reading, it delivers much more ink to page so you can write music much faster.
It doesn’t disappoint either.
This nib is super smooth. I mean AMAZING. I absolutely LOVE the feel of the nib gliding across the page, dancing as it pushes copious amounts of ink onto the paper. The nib itself is engineered smooth, couple that with the extra lubricant of ink and you get something magical.
Of course not everyone would love it. But you don’t care about everyone right? Would YOU love it?
Depends. Do you like broad nibs? Do you like thick lines and lots of ink? Then this is your pen my friend. If you prefer EF nibs and the ability to write in tiny, typewriter-like fashion, move along captain. This pen is just for ink nerds.
This is a WET writer. That’s the best way to describe it. Appropriately wet.
I used the cartridge that came with the Platinum 3776 Century music nib. Platinum’s blue ink is a lovely shade and works well with their pen.
I took pages of notes on regular, .99-cent store notebook paper (read THIN paper) and this baby kept me happy. Sure there’s bleed through and the backs of pages are unusable, but it was so fun to see it work.
Unlike most pens, this one doesn’t struggle with heavy, grainy paper either. The music nib does not disappoint. It keeps the ink flowing over peaks and valleys in rough paper and performs excellently on smooth paper too.
Heavy paper is where the Platinum 3776 really shines. I used this pen to address all of my Christmas cards on heavy envelopes and LOVED the look of my writing. It delivers a luscious, thick line.
Okay, But How Does It Feel?
Ah the Platinum 3776 Century is well-balanced. It posts (cap on the back) extremely well. In fact, a couple of times I thoughtlessly turned it on its side while talking and became afraid of the cap falling off. It didn’t. It stayed posted securely.
This is not a heavy, nor a light pen. It’s just right.
The Cap – Screw/Pull/Post and What That Means
The cap screws on and it takes almost 3 rotations for me to uncap it. That’s annoying. Not annoying enough to stop me from using it, but really… can’t it just take 1.5? Maybe not. The last half to quarter turn is the Slip and Seal mechanism engaging.
Either way, when a pen takes more than 2 rotations to remove a cap, it feels like a pointless waste of time for me. But that’s just me and that’s a hot button for me. You may not care about that.
Who is the Fountain Pen Good For? Is It a Good Overall Value?
While the line variation is pretty non-existent (This is not your italic or stub that grind that will give you that variation) it does deliver a consistently think line with some thinness on the verticals.
You just won’t see the thick/thin variation of an italic nib for instance. The bonus is, this nib isn’t as finicky and with rounded tips, it won’t tend to grab the page if you position it wrong like some italics can.
This became my go-to pen. The cartridge holds a lot of ink and I enjoy writing with it. I think you will too.
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