This is a quick review of the Pilot Custom 823 clear demonstrator with medium nib. This big pen with a big nib may be the world’s most perfect pen. Nib adjustment and ink flow are perfect, and I mean fantastic right out of the (very nice) presentation box. The vacuum filling system holds a lot of ink and the tank can be totally sealed off. The grip section is very comfortable to hold. The pen is lightweight but feels solidly built and balance is good with the cap posted or not. The clip is large, strong, and functional yet is elegantly shaped. The large cap band reeks of quality and the cap insert joins seamlessly with the grip section to seal the nib off from the air. This combined with the filling system make this pen ideal for air travel; the pen, when sealed off at both ends cannot leak. As can be seen in the photos the ink chamber is difficult to totally clean out, but this pen is a user and so what if the lubricant in the barrel stains a little, it gives it character.
The large 14K monotone nib is soft, smooth, wet (but not too wet), responsive, and unflappable. This may be the finest production nib available today, and it rivals the best ever. There is a solid feeling of durability and quality on every millimeter of this pen. A classic cigar shape that pretty much copies a Montblanc 146 this pen offers arguably superior quality at around ½ the price. This particular model of the 823 is in limited supply in the USA, less than 100 or so was made available here. Like the other 832 pens this comes with a bottle of Pilot ink but in this case it is the iroshizuku kon-peki ink instead of the much less exciting Pilot black. As most of us know, kon-peki is a very nice blue and like all the iroshizuku inks is quite expensive on its own.
An awesome pen well packaged with a special bottle of ink make this a nearly unbelievable value.
Edited by jandrese, 10 March 2010 - 17:43.