I have always been fond of Japanese pens....
YET most of them are known for being very boring to look at........
Most of them look like mere cylinders; but their nibs are second to none.
This Pilot Elite is a 'vintage' pen. It's nib IS NOT an inset nib unlike the modern 95s or some vintage Elites....
I'd argue that the nib is hooded.
The pen is impossible to use without posting. The cap is made out of aluminum, (some light metal), and the clip is made to see a lot of usage. It clips securely in your pocket.
The pen, (like almost every Japanese pen), is a C/C. I'd say if you don't mind the lack of weight, use a cartridge, else, use a CON - 40.
14 Carats of gold baby!
The nib came in pretty shape....
It would skip with Sailor and Waterman ink, (the two wettest inks I own), so I decided to be a little weird, and instead of sending it off to a nib meister; I sent it off to Pilot.
NO REGRETS HAHAHAHA!!!!
The nib came back nice, smooth, wet, and wide!?
It's supposed to be a Japanese Medium, but I think Pilot Japan decided to make it a Broad or something.
It has a wonderful cushion to it that makes it feel luxurious.
It is, however, not as "cushion - like" as a Custom 74 nib.
The feed is slightly transparent and keeps up well.
The pen is made out of a silky feeling plastic.
It doesn't feel 'hard' like other Japanese pens around the 100$ price range.
The pen is similar to the shape of a Parker 45 or a Lamy 2000.
For me, it feels like the extension of my hand.
The pen is as light as a feather - I don't have exact weights, but I'd say it weighs as much as a Lamy Safari; if not a little less.
I think this pen was worth the time and money I had spent on it. ( TOTAL COST: Around 60 - 70$ with the nib work. )
It makes for a great all rounder, and I think will be enjoying this pen for a long time.
Unlike most vintage pens, I can't seem to find any weak spots on the pen, which gives me the indication that most Pilot Elites will easily last a looooong time.
The feed in the pen is quite big and works a lot like the feed in a Parker 51.
Here's a writing sample.
Thanks for reading my first, (or second?), pen review!
ANY suggestions, (and I mean ANY), would be appreciated.