I just got a shipping notice. Go figure.
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$25 Nos Pilot Juliet 14K's For Sale, Quite A Few Available
Posted 07 January 2020 - 20:42
I also want to thank Honeybadgers for the heads up on this really nice deal!
I received my pen about a month after placing my order. Thailand to Washington state. My experience with the seller, though limited, was also fantastic. I want to echo what Honeybadgers said about the necessity of cleaning the feed however. I initially checked the pen with a fill of water, which seemed fine, then filled it with ink and it would not write at all. Remembering what was said about the need to clean it... I pulled the nib and feed, scrubbed and ran them in the ultrasonic for good measure, and now it's working great. A nice writing, slim pen!
Posted 10 January 2020 - 02:14
“I admit it, I'm surprised that fountain pens are a hobby. ... it's a bit like stumbling into a fork convention - when you've used a fork all your life.”
Posted 11 January 2020 - 20:16
I was curious, so I ordered one. I got super lucky with the shipping; I received it less than 2 weeks after placing the order, about a week after the shipping notice. The order didn't come with tracking, so I didn't know when to expect it. I'm glad Honeybadgers described cleaning the feed. I didn't want to take apart the pen when I'd just gotten it, so at first I tried just running soapy water and water through it a few times with a syringe. The pen wrote with a thin, dry line and then just stopped. So then I gave in and pulled out the nib and feed, washed those again with soap and water, and now it's working well.
I've only used it for a day, but I like it so far. It's skinny, but my grip happens to fall on the ring that stops the cap in a way that's comfortable and secure for me. The textured surface also helps with the grip. It feels solid but not overly heavy. One thing that did happen -- I'm not sure this is why, but since it's slim and made of metal and my house was chilly, I think the pen warmed up in my hand quickly and the flow got much wetter for a bit. The nib feels smooth.
Posted 12 January 2020 - 11:52
Could anyone describe the nib? FM would be similar to Sailor’s FM or a bit wider? Very smooth or some feedback? Completely round point? Any spring to the nib or quite rigid feeling?
it's a bit springy, similar to the standard pilot 14k nib in like a custom 74/91. Little flex, maybe out to a western M. It's definitely a gold nib in feel.
It's a standard japanese FM. So sailor FM is a good gauge.
Very smooth, no squared off sweet spot.
Selling a boatload of restored, fairly rare, vintage Japanese gold nib pens, click here to see (more added as I finish restoring them)
Posted 12 January 2020 - 13:16
Reading this tread got my curiosity peaked so I ordered one yesterday evening. Can't beat that price either. Hopefully it'll come in sooner, but if I have to wait a month then so be it. I'm just excited because this will be my 2nd gold nib pen. My first is a Platinum #3776 with a fine nib. I'm interested to find out how this Pilot will compare.
And thank you for the heads up about cleaning the nib Honeybadgers so I know what to expect,
Edited by MadAsAHatter, 12 January 2020 - 13:17.
Posted 13 January 2020 - 13:46
I got mine. Great pen. Great price.
Posted 20 February 2020 - 16:12
I received the pen yesterday afternoon so it took a little over 5 weeks to get to me. Funny, this was the 2nd gold nib pen I bought but not the 2nd one I received. In the time it took for shipping I picked up a couple of other vintage pens with gold nibs. It's very skinny but overall a really nice pen for a steal at $25+shipping and worth the wait.
Posted 20 February 2020 - 21:54