Short answer. Yes, it is. And you might as well stop reading here and go and buy one for yourself. They are so cheap you should buy a few and keep them everywhere. One in your bag, one in your car and so on.
Have you ever heard about a sweet spot issue in Platinum Preppys? Or of anyone sending a Preppy to a nibmeister. Of course, it wouldn’t make sense economically (I’m thinking if it would offend a nibmeister if someone would send a Preppy for a nib adjustment) but the truth is all Preppys I have handled wrote exceptionally well.
Preppy is available with 3 nibs: 0.2 mm, 0.3 mm and 0.5 mm. I haven’t tried the 0.2 mm version (you can find a review here), but both 0.3 and 0.5 are buttery smooth.
My Preppy is an older version, and since I bought it, Platinum has come up with a redesigned barrel, which looks better. Mine also got a bit yellowish since I have used it a lot and for a long time. Apart from that, as you can see, it’s in a perfect condition.
One of the great things about Preppy is the “Slip Seal” cap mechanism. It’s a simple idea, a cap with a spring. That’s all. Platinum promises up to 1 year of “wetness,” but I haven’t tried it. Each time I use my Preppy, it writes right away. No skipping, no dry starts.
Also, I haven’t flushed it yet. For almost 2 years it has written exceptionally well with no maintenance. My other, more expensive, Platinums have never dried on me, as well, even after weeks of patiently waiting in a drawer. So, I assume Platinum is not lying about it.
Each Preppy comes with a cartridge of ink, and that’s another thing I love about this pen. First, the cartridges are cheap and big. Second, the ink is great. I only use black ink with my Preppy so I won’t comment on other colors.
It’s not a deep and dark black. It’s more a dark grayish color, which is great. It reminds me of bamboo charcoal. And it’s water-resistant, too.
Now the best part – the price. In the USA you can get a Preppy for around 3 to 5 USD, depending on the nib. Here in Taiwan, it’s even cheaper. I can get it for as low as $2.42 for the most expensive 0.2 nib.