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A couple of Pilot IDs needed


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#1 soapytwist

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 09:55

Hi there - I'm not a regular visitor to this corner of FPN as I only have a modern VP, but I've just snagged these two and wondered if someone could identify them for me before they arrive? Both have 14K nibs.

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 11:17

The second pen is a Pilot RS150. You press the little button and the clip lifts up. Unfortunately, I think it takes double spare cartridges so the standard Pilot cartridges and converters won't fit.

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 12:01

Yep, the RS150 takes a double-spare cartridge or CON-W converter. Look here for some tips on converter mods for double-spare pens.

It's a nice little pen -- the 14K nib has some nice spring.
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Posted 18 June 2009 - 20:04

Thanks for identifying the second one - it's definitely the more interesting of the two for me (I'm loving the clip actuating button!). Finding a way to get ink onto the nib looks like it will be a challenge though!
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Posted 29 June 2009 - 01:02

RS150 is the catalog number for this pen, it is not the model name. In this case, the pen is known as a Pilot Sporty 15 as shown on this Pilot customer service post card.



As has already been stated, the pen has the cool "Lift Clip" and takes the older Pilot double spare cartridges. Some of these Pilot Sportys can accept a modern Sailor ink converter. That would solve your problems.

Below is a Pilot Sporty 12 fitted with a Sailor ink converter


The black pen is a Pilot Custom Regal, one of the smaller and lesser known pens from the Custom line.
Here is a pictuer of it along side the Pilot Custom Grandee.



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#6 soapytwist

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 11:59

Many thanks for the identifications Ron! Good to know that the Custom Regal is a little bit more upmarket than I guessed (I paid $10 for each pen plus postage). Thanks to Merzig, I have some double spare cartridges to play with once the pen arrives, which at least gives me the raw materials to modify a Pilot converter.

I'm looking forward to receiving both now!!
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Posted 30 June 2009 - 22:44

Pens arrived today. The Sporty 15 proved a troublesome customer, but a thorough clean this evening and started it working using some double spare cartridges provided by merzig. As I had to disassemble it I took some pics:

Pilot Sporty 15 Fountain Pen Disassembled

It has possibly the smallest nib I've ever seen on a 'normal' sized pen

Pilot Sporty 15 14K nib

Here it is capped (the blue blemishes are actually a Japanese name etched into the plastic)

Pilot Sporty 15 Capped


And posted - the pen is actually turquoise rather than the green of these photos

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I haven't had a chance to play with the Custom Regal yet. The nib has separated from the feed and needs some adjustment. It has a really nice feel to it though - it looks a little like the FK-200R that's in the review section, but without the lipped cap, and reminds me of a Sheaffer Targa in shape and size.
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