Platinum #3776 Yamanaka Fountain Pen Review

5 December 2016 By ian

Here’s another example of my favourite fountain pen range, Platinum’s #3776 series. This one is a limited edition from Platinum’s five lakes series. I have one other from that series, the Sai. The remaining three are Kawaguchi, Shoji and Motosu.

I was able to get this pen at a discount thanks to Cult Pens’ support of the site. These are my own honest opinions.

Price: £180
Nib options: rhodium plated 14k gold in fine, medium or broad
Barrel options: just this clear acrylic
Filling system: proprietary cartridge/converter


Lake Yamanaka is one of five major lakes surrounding Mount Fuji and is the highest and shallowest of these. The Yamanaka’s body has an etched pattern that is meant to evoke the ripples on the lake’s surface. It’s a nice effect, particularly with a bright ink inside the barrel.


I’ve written about several #3776’s before so here is a summary of what I like about them. They look like proper fountain pens, which speaks to the traditionalist in me. While the black barrelled pens maintain that conservative look, others in the range, such as this one, also manage to look fresh and modern. Traditional yet modern tends to work, for me. Some of the pens look beautiful: this one, the Sai and the Chartres Blue, for example. But mostly, as someone who writes a lot with his pens, it’s the Platinum nib that does it for me. They have some feedback, which not everyone enjoys, but I like to feel the nib moving across the paper. They have good flow and they are stiff, with just a touch of give. Platinum nibs aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but they are most definitely mine.


The caps feature an inner cap which stops the ink drying in the nib. This not only means they can be left filled up for long periods of time but you can use pigmented ink such as Platinum’s Carbon Black. The clip is strong and functional. It screws closed and pushes on to post, securely.


The more I use Platinum’s converters the less I like them. They routinely get ink above the piston, so it’s fortunate they’re easy to disassemble and clean. They can be quite stiff to turn, too. They look nice but almost everyone else’s converters are easier to use.


The Yamanaka is a limited edition pen and I think is probably only available in the second-hand market now. However, you can’t go wrong with any of the many versions of the #3776 currently available.



Wonderful nib
Looks great
Can use pigmented ink


Limited availability
Poor converter