Platinum 3776 Century: Quick Look

The Platinum 3776 Century is a fantastic, yet often overlooked, mid-size fountain pen. Today I’m going to be showing you a quick look at this delightful pen so you know a little more what it’s all about. The 3776 Century is  a somewhat recent update to the Platinum 3776, which is Platinum’s most popular pen model. 

It’s a pen that’s mid-size perhaps leaning slightly large, but it is very light and incredibly well-balanced. The nibs are going to feel a bit different than most other Japanese nibs (especially Pilot), they are relatively stiff and slightly toothy. It’s really going to be a preference thing if you’ll like them or not. 

Colors/finishes available:


Black:
(gold and rhodium trim)



Black Diamond:
(translucent black with rhodium trim)

Bourgogne: 



Chartres Blue:
(rhodium and gold trim)

Nice:
(demonstrator with rose gold trim)

Nice Pur:
(demonstrator with rhodium trim)

Limited Editions:
(Yamanaka, currently the 4th of a set of 5 LE pens)

In hand: 

  • Mid-large pen
  • Very comfortable, very well-rounded
  • Grip is comfortable, noticeable step if you hold far back
  • Nice details and appointments

Weight:

Balance/Feel:

  • posted- very well-balanced, really sits in the hand
  • unposted- also very well-balanced! 

Nib Options (options vary based on color):

  • 14k gold, relatively stiff nibs with a noticeable amount of feedback
  • Ultra-extra fine
  • Extra-fine
  • Fine
  • Medium
  • Broad
  • Soft-fine
  • Soft-medium
  • Music (1.1mm)
  • Nibs are now friction fit (on Century) for ease of cleaning/swapping instead of requiring a tool like the older versions of the 3776

Cap:

  • Screw-cap, push to post
  • Posts very securely
  • Slip-n-seal technology, Platinum touts will keep nib wet for up to 2 years

Filling Mechanism:

  • Proprietary cartridge/converter (included)
  • Available in gold or rhodium color separately

Price:

  • $176-216 depending on finish/nib choice
Photo of a Platinum 3776. Showcasing its nib sizes and color options.

For more details and up-to-date specs on the Platinum 3776, be sure to check it out on GouletPens.com. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

2017-10-11T04:00:06+00:00 September 1st, 2015|Pen Reviews|6 Comments
  • Dane

    This pen quickly became the favorite of my collection (Pilot, Delta, Omas, Visconti, TWSBI, Faber-Castell). I chose a broad nib (typically prefer Euro Mediums) but could have gone with the medium because of it’s wetness and consistent line. Never a skip or hesitation, the slight feedback and stiffness of the nib truly provides a very positive writing experience that is so secure and reliable that putting pen to paper is both effortless and confident. A true joy with which to write!!

    • Madigan

      Hi Dane! Thanks for the endorsement of this pen! It is a really great writer. It’s awesome that it is a favorite out of your extensive pen collection. 🙂

  • Tom Johnson

    I got the Bourgogne 3776 Century with the F nib three months ago, and it is one of my favorite pens to write with. The dark translucent burgundy resin looks like it is made from a garnet gemstone. The nib is by no means scratchy at all, writes great, and the nib seal works. Never skipped nor hard starting. Nicely wet. Feels like I could write all day long without growing tired. Of my several dozen pens, this is in the top 5. The F is equal to a Lamy Safari EF nib. Love this pen.

  • Otter

    I bought a Platinum with a music nib specifically because Stephen (SBRE) Brown said it was one of the smoothest nibs he’d ever used. I have to agree it’s extremely smooth. But I was hoping for a more “stubbish” quality, and it writes like a very broad nib. Brian is right about the hand position — the stub quality is definitely more pronounced if I hold it very upright, but that’s not how I usually write. The only other regret is that at the time Platinum only offered the music nibs with the black finish, and I’ve been longing for the Chartres Blue…it’s gorgeous.

    I can attest to the fact that it is very consistent and its lightness means you can write for hours. It is a joy to use (though the Platinum converter’s volume is a bit on the small side, especially for a nib that puts out as much ink as the music nib). I don’t experience the “toothiness” you mention at all, but perhaps that’s because of the nib size I have.

  • Da

    My daily goto pen. SF nib is lovely. I really does not dry out! Honest. With the SF nib, a fill lasts yonks too!
    Well built pen, scratch free after 6 months or so. Highly recommended for that superior pen you wanted.

  • Waski the Squirrel

    Years ago, I purchased a Shoji with a medium nib. I hated it. However, since purchasing it, I realized that I really like the Platinum 3776. It was just slow to grow on me. I now own four of them. It really is a great pen.