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The Pilot " Custom", A Marvel Of Japanese Mass Pen Manufacture.

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#21 chas0039

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 17:46

Thanks for the excellent review Hari. I was wondering what is the "custom" model number :) and what's with the 'no-fuss' traditional pilot nib which is again 14k! till I went through your post.
 
I saw it here-
http://www.ebay.com/...=item2a40ba92de


Thanks for the link. With no number in the Custom name, it is near impossible to find amidst all the other Customs.

Maybe they need something new?

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#22 sannidh

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 11:07

Thanks for the link. With no number in the Custom name, it is near impossible to find amidst all the other Customs.

Maybe they need something new?

 

My pleasure :) . They surely need a marketing model number  :huh:

Guess they are using the product code, which is usually tagged with the pen's clip -  FK-700R-<color>-<EF/F/M/B>,though it looks quite similar to Pilot Celemo 

http://www.fountainp...elemo/?p=929173

 

Not that it matters but, I also noticed that the packaging is different in ebay link compared to what Hari had got the pen in. My lucina had come in the same flip-up box.


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#23 Abhik

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 16:22

Very interesting pen.Thanks Hari.

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 18:39

This seems to be a nice pen. But I am wondering what are good reasons to buy this instead of the Custom 74 or Heritage 91, since they are not much more expensive in Japan and they have more appeal as a next-level pen. This is a lot more expensive than a Prera (in Japan), so I guess it is a bit out of place unless you really enjoy those particular design features and nib simplicity, compared to the rest of the Custom series at this price level.

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 19:12

But I am wondering what are good reasons to buy this instead of the Custom 74 or Heritage 91, since they are not much more expensive in Japan and they have more appeal as a next-level pen.

 

 

I use an "M"-nibbed Custom as my kitchen grocery list pen, filled with Sailor sei-boku pigmented ink.  It is a better solution than the 74 or 91 in that situation because of its snap cap (nobody in my family wants to spend time unscrewing a cap when they want to quickly write down something in the middle of cooking, say) and because its more simple section is more easily and quickly cleaned (an advantage when using pigmented ink).

 

We use the Custom instead of a Prera "M" in the kitchen because the Prera unposted is too short for my husband's hand (and again, taking the time to post the pen isn't a happenin' thing in our kitchen).

 

We use the Custom instead of a Metro as a kitchen pen because the Custom's cap can be easily disassembled for cleaning (again, because of the sei-boku, I like to stay on top of that).

 

We use the Custom instead of a 78G as a kitchen pen because I don't like plated nibs, so I don't own one.

 

If I could get the Custom as a demonstrator, I'd be thrilled.  I'd also like the option of a FM nib.

 

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 21:45

 

 

I use an "M"-nibbed Custom as my kitchen grocery list pen, filled with Sailor sei-boku pigmented ink.  It is a better solution than the 74 or 91 in that situation because of its snap cap (nobody in my family wants to spend time unscrewing a cap when they want to quickly write down something in the middle of cooking, say) and because its more simple section is more easily and quickly cleaned (an advantage when using pigmented ink).

 

We use the Custom instead of a Prera "M" in the kitchen because the Prera unposted is too short for my husband's hand (and again, taking the time to post the pen isn't a happenin' thing in our kitchen).

 

We use the Custom instead of a Metro as a kitchen pen because the Custom's cap can be easily disassembled for cleaning (again, because of the sei-boku, I like to stay on top of that).

 

We use the Custom instead of a 78G as a kitchen pen because I don't like plated nibs, so I don't own one.

 

If I could get the Custom as a demonstrator, I'd be thrilled.  I'd also like the option of a FM nib.

 

-- Constance

 

I see, those are fair reasons. I'm getting another Pilot, someday it might be a Custom to replace my Prera, it also bothers me a bit that it needs to be posted with bigger hands.



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Posted 26 August 2014 - 03:31

Thanks for the great review!

 

Since Pilot didn't give it a model number, I propose we call it the "Pilot Custom Hari317"

 

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#28 hari317

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 04:39

This seems to be a nice pen. But I am wondering what are good reasons to buy this instead of the Custom 74 or Heritage 91, since they are not much more expensive in Japan and they have more appeal as a next-level pen. This is a lot more expensive than a Prera (in Japan), so I guess it is a bit out of place unless you really enjoy those particular design features and nib simplicity, compared to the rest of the Custom series at this price level.

 

There is a market for all the pens in their product line up, otherwise the pens would have been long discontinued. The Custom is 30% cheaper than the 74, is slim, has a solid gold nib and a convenient slip cap. Some may prefer it for these reasons. Personally, I am a curious collector and I bought the pen to see what a new 70USD gold nib pen feels like.


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 04:47

Thanks for the excellent review Hari. I was wondering what is the "custom" model number :) and what's with the 'no-fuss' traditional pilot nib which is again 14k! till I went through your post.

 

I saw it here-

http://www.ebay.com/...=item2a40ba92de

glad it helped. :)

 

Thanks for the link. With no number in the Custom name, it is near impossible to find amidst all the other Customs.

Maybe they need something new?

I have had good luck searching these by using the model code.

 

Very interesting pen.Thanks Hari.

thank you Abhik.

 

Thanks for the great review!

 

Since Pilot didn't give it a model number, I propose we call it the "Pilot Custom Hari317"

 

Kia

thanks!  I think we can safely call it the custom "70" to honor its price point. :)


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Posted 04 October 2014 - 15:04

Thanks for the great review!



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Posted 07 October 2014 - 09:14

Awesomely detailed review. The Japanese certainly know what they're doing. I love all of my Pilot pens and can't wait to add more to my collection.



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Posted 07 October 2014 - 22:52

awesome review, makes me want to buy a Pilot Custom but im just starting so i have to take it easy, dont need the same thing that happened to my cigars lol



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Posted 07 October 2014 - 23:55

I purchased one. Fine nib.  I really love it.  I would highly recommend.  Maybe a little on the lightweight side if you like a heavier pen.


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Posted 08 October 2014 - 22:27

Good review plus you always take the best pics Hari.


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Posted 09 October 2014 - 07:32

Awesomely detailed review. The Japanese certainly know what they're doing. I love all of my Pilot pens and can't wait to add more to my collection.

 

 

awesome review, makes me want to buy a Pilot Custom but im just starting so i have to take it easy, dont need the same thing that happened to my cigars lol

 

 

I purchased one. Fine nib.  I really love it.  I would highly recommend.  Maybe a little on the lightweight side if you like a heavier pen.

 

 

Good review plus you always take the best pics Hari.

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Posted 09 October 2014 - 09:25

Great review.



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Posted 09 October 2014 - 09:25

Great review.



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Posted 09 October 2014 - 10:02

Great review.

thank you.


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Posted 10 October 2014 - 23:03

Hari - looks like we have lost the images in your first post. 


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Posted 17 February 2015 - 19:49

Loving your acquisitions of pilot pens... Amazing they are... Always a delight to read through review of your pens

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