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#1 haywoody

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 20:56

This thread prompted me to go digging through my pens to look for different versions of Pilot's converters. I found a bunch and I thought this information might be useful...

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1. Modern Pilot ink cartridge - these have been available since the early 70's and fit almost any pen from that time forward.

2. "Old" CON-20 - squeeze converter with long black plastic connector, the body is a bit wider than the cartridge toward the press-bar so this one can have issues fitting in some small-bodied pens

3. "Middle-aged" CON-20 - squeeze converter with short white plastic connector, same size as #2

4. "Middle-aged" tapered CON-20 - squeeze converter with short white plastic connector, tapered toward the press bar to fit more pens, same size as modern CON-20

5. "Middle-aged" oversized CON-20 - squeeze converter with white short plastic connector, extra long version with approximately 15% greater capacity

6. Modern CON-20 - squeeze converter with blue plastic connector, common and currently available

7. CON-50 - twist / piston converter, currently available

8. CON-70 - monster pump converter, currently available but seems to only fit some larger modern Pilot pens

9. W-spares ink cartridge - made during the mid-to-late 60's, small capacity. The idea was that you could keep a spare in the barrel and change to the reserve if you ran out.

10. W-spares cartridges with coupler - this little metal gadget let you connect two W-spares cartridges to keep the extra from rattling around inside your pen

11. Old CON-W - squeeze converter with black plastic connector, made to fit pens compatible with W-spares cartridges

12. Modern CON-W - squeeze converter with blue plastic connector, fits W-spares pens and seems to still be available if you look hard enough

I am not sure of the model numbers for the older converters. Feel free to add or correct if you have additional information. I know there is a mini converter and maybe cartridges out there that fit the small pens like the Birdie and Penko.... and maybe others.

It would be nice to create a compatibility chart but I am not even sure where to begin.

/Woody



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#2 HMA Kieran

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 21:45

Excellent information - Many thanks !

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#3 Nikolaos

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 09:25

Very useful !!! Thanks for the effort Woody, well done!

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 21:11

Thanks for posting this reference, Woody. Here's another one that came with my Pilot Ecrino. It's the top one in the pic, next to a current CON-20 for comparison. It's simply the sac with a metal band looped around it. Simple and cheap, and works fine. I have no idea what the model number is etc.



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Edited by HDoug, 14 June 2008 - 21:12.


#5 jmkeuning

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 21:25

This is great!
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#6 Taki

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 10:21

Woody, thank you very much for the very useful info and the nice photos thumbup.gif

#7 MYU

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 17:59

Great reference info here, Woody -- thanks a lot for going to the trouble (I'm glad I prompted you wink.gif ). This is very useful to have, as it is easy to forget Pilot converter specifics. Saved and stowed for future reference. I think it's a good candidate for a sticky.

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#8 Dillo

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 03:20

Nice! There was also a Con-20 that was made in Korea. It had a dark blue sac. I have the shell and sac here, but the blue plastic connector on all of mine were broken.

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#9 hari317

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 18:33

Hi Woody, nice resource. I am 5 years late, but I think it will still help if I am add some pics of the hoop style squeeze converters that Pilot used to supply with the Birdie, Superior and other entry level models.

 

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The Pliglass sacs are from my birdie of 1980s.

 

Best

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Edited by hari317, 06 August 2013 - 18:40.

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 01:17

Nice!

The Con 70 I think is one of the biggest converters among all pen brands, the only competition would be piston fillers.  A  pretty neat idea.


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Posted 07 August 2013 - 15:53

Great converter collection....thanks for sharing it!

 

Will add one to the mix.....the push button CON-70 (?) that came with my Namiki Yukari Royale...

 

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 00:35

WOW! Great post! Thanx!



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 03:12

Hi,

 

The I also have the Pilot Con-20 with the hoop, white tip, and blue sac just like the one in Hari's post. It came with a long Pilot Elite with a steel nib made in the 80's. The pen came from Japan. I think the fit and finish is actually quite nice. Pilot's Con-20 converters are quite well finished compared to many other press-bar converters I have seen.

 

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Stolen: Aurora Optima Demonstrator Red ends Medium nib. Serial number 1216 and Aurora 98 Cartridge/Converter Black bark finish (Archivi Storici) with gold cap. Reward if found. Please contact me if you have seen these pens.

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