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Nib review: Pilot 78G (stub)


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#1 rroossinck

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 20:48

I recently got one of these pens with a broad nib; haven't had much chance to play with it yet.

I've also won a bright yellow Prera and have asked for it to be fitted with a broad nib. I do hope it's the same type of nib.


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Posted 18 March 2009 - 01:39

QUOTE (Gothmeister @ Mar 17 2009, 04:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I recently got one of these pens with a broad nib; haven't had much chance to play with it yet.

I've also won a bright yellow Prera and have asked for it to be fitted with a broad nib. I do hope it's the same type of nib.


If your Prera nib isn't the same sort of stub (and I suspect it will be), you can swap the two nibs.
The nibs and feeds are identical, except for the tip sizes, and a friction fit in both cases. Just make sure you mark how far in/out the feed sits in the section, twist and pull, swap out the nibs and then twist and push.

I agree with roossinck--the Pilot B is a great stub nib, and I like it even better in a Prera body I'm using as an ED.
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 01:45

Jim's right, too. I've done the Prera/78G (B) stub swap myself. My wife uses it right now.

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 07:22

[quote name='jlmount' date='Mar 18 2009, 01:39 AM' post='980879']
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 07:26

QUOTE (jlmount @ Mar 18 2009, 01:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
twist and pull, swap out the nibs and then twist and push.


Is there some kind of thread involved, or are you suggesting more of a twist back and forth to release the nib/feed? Is there any need for heat? I know they're both (relatively) cheap pens, but I still don't want to b*gg*r either one up!

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 13:48

QUOTE (Gothmeister @ Mar 18 2009, 03:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (jlmount @ Mar 18 2009, 01:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
twist and pull, swap out the nibs and then twist and push.


Is there some kind of thread involved, or are you suggesting more of a twist back and forth to release the nib/feed? Is there any need for heat? I know they're both (relatively) cheap pens, but I still don't want to b*gg*r either one up!


NO HEAT! With your thumb on top of the nib and your forefinger on the feed squeeze and rotate the nib/feed assembly 90 degrees as you pull out the assembly...reverse twisting and pull gently until it slides out. You will not need a lot of force. But be sure to mark how far in the feed lies within the section so you will reinstall it correctly. Also, before you begin, look at the nib/feed assembly to see where the nib is in relation to the feed so you can duplicate that when you're actually putting things back together.

"ED" refers to the eyedropper filling. Although this pen (Prera) is a cartridge/converter filler, because it's all plastic, you can use it as an eyedropper by putting silicone grease (available in plumbing supply stores) on the threads. If you want you can also add an O-ring (same source) between the section and the body. Add your O-ring, grease the section threads, fill the body of the pen with ink, screw on the section and prepare to write for a month

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 13:53

QUOTE (jlmount @ Mar 18 2009, 09:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Gothmeister @ Mar 18 2009, 03:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (jlmount @ Mar 18 2009, 01:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
twist and pull, swap out the nibs and then twist and push.


Is there some kind of thread involved, or are you suggesting more of a twist back and forth to release the nib/feed? Is there any need for heat? I know they're both (relatively) cheap pens, but I still don't want to b*gg*r either one up!


NO HEAT! With your thumb on top of the nib and your forefinger on the feed squeeze and rotate the nib/feed assembly 90 degrees as you pull out the assembly...reverse twisting and pull gently until it slides out. You will not need a lot of force. But be sure to mark how far in the feed lies within the section so you will reinstall it correctly. Also, before you begin, look at the nib/feed assembly to see where the nib is in relation to the feed so you can duplicate that when you're actually putting things back together.

"ED" refers to the eyedropper filling. Although this pen (Prera) is a cartridge/converter filler, because it's all plastic, you can use it as an eyedropper by putting silicone grease (available in plumbing supply stores) on the threads. If you want you can also add an O-ring (same source) between the section and the body. Add your O-ring, grease the section threads, fill the body of the pen with ink, screw on the section and prepare to write for a month


I'd recommend that you buy your silicon grease at a dive shop to ensure you get pure, unadulterated silicon grease. The silicon grease generally available at plumbing supply store, Home Depot, etc. usually contains other ingredients and impurities.

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 08:07

could one use this nib as a highlighter? I normally write with fine or EF nibs so wouldnt use it so much otherwise.
How about with sailor jentle yellow-orange?

edit:forgot the verb!

Edited by silexink, 12 June 2009 - 08:10.

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 20:22

QUOTE (silexink @ Jun 12 2009, 03:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
could one use this nib as a highlighter? I normally write with fine or EF nibs so wouldnt use it so much otherwise.
How about with sailor jentle yellow-orange?

edit:forgot the verb!
If you wanted to use it as a highlighter I would suggest Noodler's Year of the Golden Pig ink. Very Very Very bright and bulletproof (I think).
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