When I first started researching brush pens I quickly found most people suggested getting a converter. If you are asking yourself, “why would you buy an accessory for a brush pen?”, or even “what is a converter?” well I will try to shed some light on this subject.
The converter allows you to use a wider variety of inks. It accomplishes this by allowing the user to suck their chosen ink into the converter by twisting the back then putting the converter into the body of a fountain pen. Do your research before you buy though not all converters are compatible with all pens. With a price range between $3 – $10 this option isn’t for everyone and is meant for pens that you will keep for some time and use on a regular basis.
If you read my previous post, you know I ordered two brush pens: Kuretake No.8 and No.50. They each have a purpose but for this conversation I will only discuss the No.50 and why I purchased the converter for that pen. The Kuretake No.50 a high-end sable hair fountain brush pen, with prices going as high as $100 according to where you shop. This is a pen I plan to use often and want it to work flawlessly for years to come.
This brings me to why I bought the converter. There is a lot of different quality of inks and just as many shades of black. When I decided on making the investment into the No.50 I decided that I wasn’t going to put the run of the mill ink through it. I knew at that point I would need a converter. Which was a small investment compared to vast variety of inks you would not be able to use without one.
There isn’t that much to say about it at this point other than it is as advertised. The action of the Platinum Converter’s piston feels smooth and solid. The parts, though plastic, feel of good quality. Only time will tell if there will be any leakage or mechanical issues. Stay tuned and I’ll do a follow up post about the converter. As always, let me know if you have any questions about the Platinum Converter or anything else you’d like to talk about.