With all of the interest recently in the Pilot 78G fountain pen, especially regarding quality and price, I thought I would submit a picture (pdf) comparison between the 78G Broad nib pen and the Pilot Custom 823 Fine nib pen. The 78G contains a Pilot Black Ink cartridge (though I also have the converter). The Custom 823 contains Pilot iroshizuku tsukushi (Brown) ink. Though the Custom 823 pen is more expensive than the 78G pen, I like them both very much, and am particularly pleased with the way the Broad nib on the 78G writes. I carry the 78G pen and only use the Custom 823 pen at my desk. As others have done here, I may order a couple of extra 78G Broad nib pens (I do not need any more F or M nib pens).
As a side comment, I have bought a variety of the cheaper Chinese pens and a variety of Japanese pens. The Japanese pens write beautifully right out of the box with no hassle whatever, no matter what they cost. So, I think I would recommend the Pilot 78G over many other pens for price, quality, and everyday writing.
Hope this helps some as they make pen buying decisions. This is my first attempt at a review. :-)
Sorry about naming the 78G 76G in my pdf attachment, that does not have any effect in the writing comparisons and examples! Thanks to Silvermink for drawing this to my attention! :-)
Edited by Tumbleweedtoo, 25 November 2009 - 22:43.