Nib material: 14KT Yellow Gold
Posts: Yes, friction
Length (capped): 139.7 mm/5.50"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 119.3 mm/4.69"
Length (posted): 153.5 mm/6.04"
Barrel Diameter: 11.0 - 13.1 mm/0.43" - 0.51"
Section Diameter: 10.4 mm/0.40"
Weight (all): 26 G
Weight (cap): 10 G
Weight (body): 16 G
Fill type: Platinum cartridge/converter
Nibs available: EF, F, SF, M, B, BB, Music
Where to buy:
Discount code: GOURMETPENS
The #3776 was packaged in a simple box. The outer sleeve is white with the Platinum logo on it. The hard blue clam shell case slides out, and it has no markings on it. It's on the flatter side, so it looks and feels less bulky than other clam shell cases from pens of a similar price.
The #3776 Century in Bourgogne caught my eye ages ago - along with the Chartres Blue, and I could never pick between them. Throw in the beautiful clear versions (Nice, Pur, Yamanaka - which I would really like to get), it's a slippery slope.
There's a reason I really like these pens - I also recommend these pens to people seeking a nice pen in the $200 range.
This is a 14KT yellow gold soft-fine nib. It has a single slit, a heart-shaped breather hole, and is engraved with the following: #3776, P, 14K, SF, 585, Japan (on the side), and mountain decorations. It's not my favorite in terms of nib design, but at this price, I don't care much. The nib is quite flat with wide shoulders, and it is certainly fine.
The nice thing is this is set up as a great daily writer - fine, precise, not too wet, line variation is possible, won't dry out, light and comfortable, can be posted - it's just really pleasant, and the nib performance is great.
This clip is pretty much perfect for me. Aside from liking how it looks, it has just the right amount of tension, so it's easy to operate. It also slides on to pages really easily, and into/out of pockets and pen cases.
Unposted, the pen is relatively small, but not too thin. It's pretty close to being perfectly balanced, so it's comfortable. The cap can be posted by friction. It seats deeply and securely, so there's no risk of it just falling off or wiggling around. Not only does it look really good when it's posted, the cap adds some length and weight to the pen. As such, I can grip right in the middle of the section, which I find more comfortable than my lower grip when it's unposted. It's easy to use this way for longer writing sessions.
PROS & CONS
This is a lovely pen, and a lovely series by Platinum. The pros outweigh the cons easily for me. The section is not the most comfortable I've ever used, and the tines arrived slightly mis-aligned, but it still writes well. Everything else is a win: design, appearance, clip, converter, well-made, comfortable, pleasant nib, affordable. Thumbs up.