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The Platinum 3776 did my laundry and bought me lunch

I like Platinum pens. I have a few, and they've all been great and reliable and I use them very frequently. The greatest thing about them is that they can be had for under 20 US freedom dollars (about 7 bucks for the Platinum Preppy and 18 bucks for the Platinum Plaisir)!

Recently, I have come into possession of a Platinum 3776 Century, a pen that costs more than 10 times as much as the Plaisir: two hundred and eight (208) dollaroos before tax. You might be wondering how I got into this situation.

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This season's hottest and most controversial ink

If you like fountain pens, you have definitely heard about LAMY Dark Lilac. If you don't like fountain pens, you might have heard about it anyway because somehow it ended up getting a story on the New York Times. Granted, the Times publishes many stories that hardly qualify as news or factual information, but regardless, "limited edition fountain pen ink controversy makes it onto national news publication" is not something I had on my 2024 Bingo card. The crux of the apparent "controversy" is this: company permanently rereleases 8-year-old limited edition ink color, but now the color is different.

As it happens, I bought a bottle of Dark Lilac 2: Electric Boogaloo, so now we get some unsolicited commentary about both the ink and the circumstances surrounding its release.

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A cheapskate's Traveler's Notebook setup

I bought a Traveler's Notebook cover last year, mainly because they released an olive edition and I'm me, but I also liked the idea of a modular notebook. I continued liking the idea and doing absolutely nothing else with it for 6 months. But now I've gotten off my ass and started using the damn thing for real! And definitely not in the way the company wants you to use it!

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The Sailor Compass 1911 is interesting

I got the Sailor Compass 1911 as a Christmas gift. This pen has been on my wishlist for a while because I love the look of it, not least because it's just really hard to find this shade of green! Most green pens can be categorized as Nickelodeon slime green or inoffensive emerald. I like Nickelodeon slime green as much as the next person, but I prefer my green in shades comparable to swamp algae, split pea soup, barf, etc.

While the design of the pen is one of my favorites, the pen itself is... not. Fortunately, a little bit of tweaking has made it serviceable.

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