I received my first Platinum Curidas fountain pen in the Inkredible subscription box one month. Having a fountain pen that stores with the click of a button was so nice! I worried that it would leak, but I’ve carried it around in my purse or laptop bag for months without issue. In fact, the ink in the reservoir doesn’t seem to dry out very fast, either. But the ink flows well, even in the extra fine nib that I use. The nib is smooth, not scratchy like many others. It’s a well-balanced, light weight pen, and I liked it so much that I just bought a second one.
The only cons are the little pen rest that protrudes from the bottom of the pen by the nib. It doesn’t interfere with my writing, but I notice it occasionally, so it may bother others that hold their pen close to the nib. It’s also a puzzle to take apart and put back together. Not a deal breaker for me, either. It’s somewhat intuitive, but not as simple as unscrewing the base on a regular fountain pen to refill. The last con is minor, but you can’t check the ink level without taking the pen completely apart. That’s only a minor irritation in an overall fantastic design, though. Most of the time if it doesn’t start right away, it’s either been a while since I’ve used it or it’s out of ink, so taking it apart to check becomes part of the process of refilling it. Definitely worth the time.
I gather there was an intense level of anticipation around this pen, a click (vanishing point) fountain pen priced far lower than the Pilot (and Namiki) versions. The mechanism is slick and seems solid, and after several weeks of use, carrying around, two airplane trips, there is no hint of link.
I prefer using it without the clip -- first, the pen is rather long, so you need a quite deep pocket to accommodate the clip. Second, although every user will differ, the clip is a bit present on writing, to me.
One initial (terrifying to pen merchants!) thought was, "why do I need any other pen?" I admit that I have a very practical (use-focussed) approach to fountain pens, and this one, as a vanishing point, it is great for use at work -- pick up, click, write is so much easier if one is doing that throughout the entire day.
The design is very modern -- almost science-fiction -- with transparent resin. The size is large, so if you prefer a larger pen for writing, it fits. The weight is not too heavy, not too light.
Finally, let me praise the exceptional, top-shelf, customer service here ! I received personal emails in response to a minor shipping hiccup (USPS's fault). It is great to buy from a small shop in America, rather than some massive entity....
I wanted to try a Platinum pen above the preppy/prefounte level and had the opportunity to try this. I wasn't sure about the long nock, but, wow, writing with this pen is awesome. I don't have any problem with the clip placement interfereing with my hand position. I'm ready to try a 3776!
I have never seen a retractable fountain pen. Yes, you can tell I'm still a newbie. Anyway, I was not sure what to do with this pen or how to fill out until I watched a video. Very well-designed! Is is made of a very smooth, light weight plastic and feels great in my hand. It writes so smoothly. This could be my next favorite daily pen. I also love that it has a clip so I can attach it to my lanyard.
This pen has been very well thought out. Looking at the pen, one may think that it was just cobbled together to compete with the Pilot Capless pen. I am sure that may have been the intent, but it is not a cheap imitation. It is larger and lighter than Pilot. To insert the cartridge or converter is the same, but not difficult to manage. The nib is steel but you will not miss the gold nib. It is smooth and responds very well. There is no flex. But that is not a concern. It uses the standard Platinum converter and cartridge.
Pilot just released the LS version of the Capless. It is gorgeous. However, it is 3X the price of the Curidas. If you want bling, get the Pilot. If you want a pen that functions excellently without the bling, get the Curidas.