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Pilot Custom 74


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#1 jandrese

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 20:30

This will be a brief review, since it is not the pen itself that is of interest. We all know this pen to be a reliable, relatively inexpensive (although full list price is a tad high), and solid writer. Mine is no exception. The big news is the big nib. The "C" type nib, which I didn't even know existed. What does "C"? It means cosu. What does cosu mean? I think it means course. Anyway, it is the biggest nib that Pilot makes. I almost literally stumbled on this pen, and as soon as I saw the nib I knew that I had something special.

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The pen itself is black. It is not opaque, however, since my Nikon can see right through it. It must actually be a deep red like Mont Blanc and Pelikan precious/quality resins. The only thing wrong with this pen is the totally crappy CON-50 converter. I guess I could get a CON-70, which incidentally my Custom 74 came standard with, but I don't care enough. At least this way I can change inks more often, if only because I'll have to.

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The nib. Oh, what a glorious nib. All you broad/double broad nib people take note, the Japanese can play this game too! Fat, juicy lines with only a hint of variation, this is no stub or italic. Ink flow, as expected from a Pilot is essentially perfect. The line width is basically the same as my Pelikan M400 BB. The Pelikan, however, has much narrower cross stokes. There is so much iridium it looks very similar to Sailor's Zoom nib without providing the line width variation of the Zoom.

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Here is the nib alongside my Custom 74 with broad nib, and Sailor's Zoom nib. From left to right it is Zoom, broad, cosu. Notice how big the cosu is!

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Here is a writing sample. Don't know what happened to the text below the other nib/ink samples so I'll just list the inks here.

Pelikan BB: Sailor Grenade
Omas broad custom cursive italic: Noodler's Tianamen
Stipula italic: De Atramentis Copper Brown
Aurora italic: Sailor Red-Brown

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Basically, if you like double broad nibs, get this pen. If you like Japanese pens, get this pen. If you like BB Japanese pens GO GET THIS PEN! It actually makes me like the Custom 74, which I was formally pretty ambivalent about.

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#2 rwilsonedn

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 21:51

That has to be the broadest non-stub, single-slit nib I've ever seen. Wonderful that even Pilot could get the feed to keep up with it!
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 03:29

Thanks for posting this! A nib to drool over! :puddle:

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 04:51

Well, that's a nib option I'd never heard of before. Thanks for sharing!

#5 hari317

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 06:30

Thanks for doing this review, amazing pictures!

The Cosu is one of my fav nibs.
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#6 Laura N

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 14:12

Nice. Thanks for posting this.

Someday maybe a stub. too?

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 17:57

Thanks for sharing, pity Pilot isn't bring these into the states

#8 jandrese

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 18:13

Thanks for sharing, pity Pilot isn't bring these into the states



Although they seem far from common, I did get mine here in the states, so, they must be around. It was Texas though, and depending on who you ask it may, or may not be, considered part of the USA.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 20:44

Thanks for a great review of a classic pen and interesting nib!

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 19:58

I have just ordered the nib only from Engeika on ebay. I have lots of Custom 74's around
If the feed keeps up so well I'd love to be able to get it on an FA nib. It sounds as though it would solve the issues.
Does anyone know how to swap a pilot nib from section to section?
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Posted 03 June 2012 - 16:52

I have just ordered the nib only from Engeika on ebay. I have lots of Custom 74's around
If the feed keeps up so well I'd love to be able to get it on an FA nib. It sounds as though it would solve the issues.
Does anyone know how to swap a pilot nib from section to section?
Barry


I've heard that they're press fit, and thus you should be able to (firmly, yet gently an carefully) grasp the nib and feed while wearing rubber gloves and pull them out together. If you try to pull the nib or feed separately, you're likely to damage one or both.

#12 hari317

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 17:02

Just for the sake of general information: The FA nib is more arched as compared to the other nibs of same size and Pilot fits a special rounded feed to the FA.

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#13 acolythe

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 04:48

Thanks Hari and
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 19:22

My Pilot Custom 74 with Cosu nib is in my current rotation, with a MB146 BB, and a Reform Calligraphy that I have ground to a stubbish nib.
It is one of the smoothest I have written with, definitely the juiciest, writes very light, needs no pressure at all, alas no line variation. Excellent for bold big writing.
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 01:34

My cosu nib has come now and I have mounted it on a 74. I find it a bit disappointing. Like my broad Sheafer imperial, it is balky on Rhodia. On this paper it will occionally skip or part of the nib will fail to lay down ink so that the line is suddenly narrow. While it is exceptionally smooth it feels almost as though there is some sort of drag to lay ink. Its very difficult to explain. Has any one else experienced it?

#16 hari317

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 07:51

Sounds like the nib needs some tuning. Consult Taizo/engeika, maybe he will send out a tested replacement.
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#17 Alyssa_Eloise

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 03:16

I was wondering where did you purchase this pen?

#18 jandrese

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 13:53

I was wondering where did you purchase this pen?



Dromgoole's in Houston, TX

#19 quinden

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 14:29

I was wondering where did you purchase this pen?



Dromgoole's in Houston, TX


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Posted 19 June 2012 - 14:46

One other reason that I keep asking questions about ED conversions is that I have Platinum's Course which looks to be quite similar--I'm talking about laying down a line that feels like roller skating in butter....a cartridge is gone in moments, and I have had nothing but trouble with Platinum's converter. How good is the Con-70?






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