A pen plating refers to what the metal bits of the pen are covered, or
“plated” with. The plating chosen obviously affects the look of the pen
(chrome looks different than gold, for example), but it can also affect
the durability. We choose all of our pen platings with normal
wear-and-tear in mind, but if you are really planning on banging your
pen up, a more durable plating is a wise choice. Below we have examples
of some of our more commonly used platings, but there are a selection of
exotic platings out there that we do not have pictured.
Chrome is a classic, durable pen plating. It’s a bright, shiny silver color. It is one of the toughest plating and can take a beating.
Pictured: Blue resin twist pen in chrome plating.
Becoming more common, Gunmetal is a shiny, metallic plating, but is a much darker color than chrome. It is just as durable as chrome.
Pictured: Red and blue colorshift resin click pen with gunmetal plating
Available in various karats, Gold is a classic, stunning plating. Like jewelry, gold is a softer plating and won’t tolerate rough handling.
Pictured: Maple and African Mahogany Wood click pen in gold plating.
Rose Gold is similar to Gold platings, but with a slightly pinkish undertone. A bit softer, it’s best to take care of these pens.
Pictured: Redheart wood and resin postable rollerball pen with rose gold plating.
Satin Chrome is a silver color, but is less metallic and shiny than chrome. It is very durable.
Pictured: Blue and white resin twist pen with satin chrome plating.
Prism pens feature bright colors, usually in combination with another plating. They even come in rainbow colors! Durable.
Pictured: Red and white resin twist pen with red prism plating and chrome.
Antique Pewter is a silver color, with a bit more grey and less shine than a Chrome plating. It’s fairly durable.
Pictured: Black and red resin chevron gearshift pen with antique pewter plating.
Bright Copper is a copper finish that has not been treated to look aged, so it is shinier than Antique Copper. Fairly durable.
Pictured: Hybrid African Mahogany and combination wood pen in blue resin with bright copper plating.
Antique Copper is a copper plating that has been treated to look aged, thus less shiny than bright copper.
Pictured: Blue-dyed wood twist pen with antique copper plating.
Antique Brass is a brass plating that has been treated to look aged. It is a somewhat-shiny, yellow-gold color. Farily durable.
Pictured: Ziricote wood fountain pen with antique brass plating.
Rhodium is a white-silver, metallic, very shiny plating. It is a high-end plating typically found only on high-end pen kits. It is very hard, durable, and corrosion resistant.
Pictured: Black Trustone fountain pen with rhodium plating.
Black Titanium is a titanium plating that has been treated to be a darker color, closer to a dark, metallic grey. It is another high-end plating that is very strong and durable.
Pictured: Australian Mallee Burl fountain pen with black titanium plating.