I own several pens from the “pilot custom” series, but when I first saw those in my favorite local shop 2 or 3 weeks ago, the phrase “legance marble” meant nothing to me. The pens laid new in their boxes and at first I thought that perhaps it’s a new addition to pilot’s “custom” family. On the other hand, if pilot had such intentions I’m sure I would know.
The date code on the nibs revealed that these pens were made in the mid-90s (1996) and I was even more baffled because an online search was almost fruitless.
While I enjoy all my pilot pens, and their nibs are among the best one can find, I always had the feeling that their design is too “classic” for my taste and the color selection limited and uninspired. Well, custom legance is everything but.
The pens themselves are gorgeous, the color combinations stunning and the material gives the surface of the pen an almost 3d effect that attracts the eye. I couldn’t decide which color I like the best so I bought all five, and here we are. They were available in Fine and Medium nibs (size 5, 14K) and I went full Medium (I’m a “broad” type of guy and Japanese fine is too fine for me
The clip on the cap reads “PILOT”. On the ring: “ * PILOT MADE IN JAPAN * CUSTOM LE “
The nib (with 96 indicating the year of production)
Comparison with modern size 5 nibs (Cosu, Music, Broad, Custom LE Medium). I see no design difference, though I feel the legance nib is “softer” than the rest. Not as soft as a Falcon nib but it definitely has some spring to it.
Size comparison with some popular pens from the custom line. Custom Legance Red, Green, Blue, Medley, Brown, Heritage 92, Custom 74, Custom 742. They are somewhat smaller than their 74 cousin but they come equipped with the CON70 converter so no issues here.
And some photos of the pens. Of course, in person the pens appear far more impressive but I hope the photos still capture some of their qualities.
I wonder… why did pilot stop producing these masterpieces? Were they some kind of limited edition? Any additional info would be welcome.
Thanks for reading