Review: Platinum Carbon Desk Pen

As someone who prefers writing with broad nibs, I never thought I would enjoy writing with an extra-fine pen so much. But holy moly, I was blown away by the Platinum Carbon Desk Pen! I had no idea an extra-fine pen could write so smoothly.

I originally bought the Platinum Carbon Desk Pen (DP-800s) because I wanted to learn how to draw with pen and ink. This pen was especially made for Platinum's Nano Carbon ink. It has a wider channel in the feed to prevent clogging with the ink's nanoparticles. As the ink is permanent, it's useful for those who want to use watercolor over their sketches.

I've used this pen for the past half year for drawing as well as for writing. It's light, well-balanced, and is very comfortable to hold. It's a long pen, measuring around 18 cm (7.09 inches) capped, and a little over 17.5 (6.89 inches) cm uncapped. It's considerably longer than regular-sized fountain pens. This doesn't bother me, but it may make it difficult to fit in standard pen cases.

The Desk Pen comes simply packaged in a cardboard and plastic container. It comes with one Platinum Nano Carbon Ink cartridge, which I refill with the same ink when it runs out. It also takes the proprietary Platinum converter but that has to be bought separately.

The pen is made of plastic and comes with a gold-colored steel nib. The cap is also plastic and is friction fit.

The Desk Pen could also be bought with a stand which makes it appear like those swanky desk pens of the early 20th century. I didn't buy it as I'm quite happy to use the pen with the cap it came with. (Sure, it's unsightly, but it does the job!)

When writing and sketching, the Platinum Carbon Desk Pen delivers a surprisingly smooth experience. It isn't toothy nor scratchy as some fine nibs I've tried. And its EF nib produces such fine and precise strokes, it certainly won't disappoint those who like writing small. It's also useful for crosshatching and stippling.

Here's a writing comparison with fountain pens with F nibs. Unfortunately, this Desk Pen is the only Japanese pen with an EF nib that I own, so I couldn't compare it to similar pens.

I haven't had any issues with clogging or hard starts using the Carbon Nano ink on this pen. I flush the pen when re-inking it, and so far it has functioned really well.

The Platinum Carbon Desk Pen retails for $10-$15 depending on where you buy it. After using it on a regular basis for the last half year, I can say that it writes like a champ and is worth every penny and more.

The Inky Way, 2020