Platinum 3776 Century Chartres Blue Fountain Pen Review

Platinum 3776 Century Chartres Blue Fountain Pen

On specifications alone the Platinum 3776 fountain pen is a winner; it’s affordably priced and it features a full-sized body and solid gold nib…what’s not to love?

Appearance

There are a lot of Japanese Montblanc look-alikes but the Platinum 3776 takes the cake with its mountain theme. The streamlined design and gold furniture are all very similar to a Montblanc Meisterstück. If you look at the nib of a Montblanc Meisterstück you will see the number “4810”; this number represents the height (in meters) of Mont Blanc in the Graian Alps. What do you suppose “3776” refers to? It’s the height (in meters) of Mount Fuji.

Platinum 3776 Century Chartres Blue Fountain Pen

The nib features a mountain design with “#3776” right in the middle.

When you put the Montblanc similarities aside the 3776 is a pretty plain looking fountain pen.

Platinum 3776 Century Chartres Blue Fountain Pen

The Chartres Blue body is translucent but not clear enough for this pen to truly be considered a demonstrator. I quite like the Chartres Blue body because it allows you to see the innovative “Slip & Seal” cap mechanism that prevents the pen from drying out. Supposedly you can leave this pen inked for 24 months without problem…I don’t want to test that, so I will take Platinum’s word for it.

Platinum 3776 Century Chartres Blue Fountain Pen
You can see the spring portion of the “Slip & Seal” mechanism through the cap.

The 14kt gold nib is large and shapely; it’s a much more agreeable size than similarly priced Pilot Custom 74.

While the 3776 has a well proportioned, modest and understated design, it isn’t going to win any style awards.  At the end of the day this pen has a boring unoriginal appearance.

 Score: 2/5

 

Build Quality

The build quality of the 3776 isn’t bad. There are seams in the plastic but everything fits together as it should and the use of the “Slip & Seal” mechanism shows that Platinum isn’t just pushing out cheap Montblanc lookalikes.

The gold plated trim matches the color of the solid 14kt nib.

Platinum 3776 Century Chartres Blue Fountain Pen

I compared the 3776 to the similarly priced Pilot Custom 74 and to my eye the engraving and the overall fit and finish of the gold furniture is better on the Pilot BUT the gold trim on the Pilot is much more yellow than its 14kt gold nib…so you kind of have to pick your poison: mismatched nib and trim or cheaper looking engraving?

Score: 3.5/5

 

Size & Weight

The 3776 measures 5.5” capped and 4.7” uncapped. The pen weighs a comfortable 24.3 grams. It is an agreeable size that most people will find comfortable. The pen posts well and has a good balance posted or unposted.

Score: 4/5

 

Performance

The fine nib on the 3776 is a phenomenal performer and in my opinion it is the reason to buy this pen.   Being Japanese the fine point is an extra or extra extra fine by western standards but despite this the nib is smooth and a real pleasure to use. I haven’t noticed a single skip or hard start since I began using this pen four months ago.

The nib is pretty stiff so you wont be seeing much in the way of line variation.

Left to right: Pilot Custom 74 Music Nib, Nakaya Naka-ai Negoro nib, Platinum 3776 nib.
Left to right: Pilot Custom 74 Music Nib, Nakaya Naka-ai Negoro nib, Platinum 3776 nib.  Notice that the similarly priced Pilot has a much smaller nib.

This is the same nib that is used on $500+ Nakayas. In the sub $100 range I don’t believe you can find a better performer.

Score: 5/5

 

Filling System

 

Platinum 3776 Century Chartres Blue Fountain Pen

The Platinum uses a proprietary cartridge converter filling system but for $1 you can buy an adaptor that will allow you to use international cartridges.

Platinum cartridge installed.
Platinum cartridge installed.

In Japan, the 3776 is sold without converter but in the US it is sold with the same Platinum converter you get with a Nakaya and I have to say its one of the nicest converters out there.

Score: 2.5/5

 

Value

I bought my 3776 new in Japan for about $80, which is an awesome deal for a pen with a phenomenal 14kt gold nib. The US street price is about $175 ($220 retail). I am not sure why it is so much more money in the US but you can buy a new one on eBay from Japanese sellers for $90 (I haven’t tried this but it’s what I would do if I were to buy one again).

Score: 4/5

 

Bottom Line

Platinum 3776 Century Chartres Blue Fountain Pen

This is a sleeper pen, boring looks but with a monster performer under the cap.

Final Score 21/30

 

Here are some great reviews of the Platinum 3776:

(I have no affiliation to the sites linked below)

The Pencil Case Blog – Platinum #3776 Century fountain pen

From the Pen Cup – Merry Mary: Platinum #3776 Century Chartres Blue Fountain Pen

The Fountain Pen Quest – Review: Platinum #3776 Century Bourgogne

The Pen Habit – Pen Review: Platinum 3776 Century

I Laike Pens – PLATINUM #3776 CENTURY FOUNTAIN PEN REVIEW

The Pen Addict -Platinum 3776 Century UEF Nib Fountain Pen Review

 Inkophile -Platinum #3776 Century Fountain Pens

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5 thoughts on “Platinum 3776 Century Chartres Blue Fountain Pen Review”

  1. Thank you for your review. I have one of these, and I agree with you that the pen’s looks aren’t up to what the advertisement suggests the pen will look like, but I have enjoyed writing with it. I got a medium nib and sent the pen off to Pendleton Brown for his Butter Line Cursive point, and now the pen is even more delicious to write with. I generally use Pilot Iroshizuku inks in it.

    1. Thank you for the comment Denise! Having had my Nakaya (with the same nib) modified I agree that it is a wonderful platform for modification…though out of the box they really are excellent performers.

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