Dr. Grace makes a great point -- Pilot nibs do, often, need adjustment upon arrival in order to flow well. I've heard someone explain that as, "The Japanese like their pens to run dry."
But that doesn't explain the incredible variation between how one Pilot and another writes.
I own four Custom 91s, for example, and on arrival they ranged from one of them not writing at all (due to tines being too tight) to another being a wet, flowing writer. (With the other two being "normal.")
I own multiple 743s, 912, 742, 92, 823, several Falcons - the price point seems to make no difference. One of my wettest and best-writing Pilot pens was a $35 Pilot Lucina.
I think the manufacturing process just doesn't allow each pen to be individually tuned... so it's very useful for a pen enthusiast to know how to make these adjustments.
Here's a great Pen Habit video to use as a starting point for anyone interested: http://penhabit.com/...art-1-ink-flow/
Edited by JunkyardSam, 25 March 2017 - 00:48.