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  1. troglokev

    Comparison of Pilot Elite nibs

    A long time ago, Ron Dutcher posted A Field Guide to Japanese Nibs in this forum. It is an excellent article, and if you haven't seen it, you should read it. I have some, but not all, and I thought people might be interested in a comparison of the nibs in use. Fine nib: Soft Fine nib: Posting nib: Script Nib: Manifold nib: Coarse nib:
  2. Paganini

    My First Vintage Pen... Maybe?

    By way of context... ...my girlfriend likes to do crosswords, and she has a habit of holding the pen with the cap off while she thinks. In the interest of getting her a pen that won't dry out, I've been on a Parker 51 style hooded-nib kick. I figured I'd get a cheap knock off or two for her to try so she could see if she likes that style. So a few days ago I bid on one of those "loose pen" lots from an eBay auction. Six pens for $15 is a pretty good day, any way you cut it. The first four pens where various HERO 616 / Jinhao 51A style pens, which was what I was after. The fifth pen was some kind of strange looking un-marked blingy pen with a standard Chinese #6 nib / feed combo (Iridium Point stamp, the feed looks identical with what you find in a Jinhao 159). But that's a story for another day, because the sixth pen... Well the sixth pen was this one: It seems to be a '60s or '70s vintage Pilot Lady Pocket pen. This one has a hooded nib, which is different from the pictures of similar pens I've found online. Even the steel nib versions of these pens from the '80s seem to be going for $20 - $30, and I have a kind of reluctant and excited hope that this is the 14k version! Since I spent roughly $4, I kind of feel like I made out like a bandit. I cleaned it off (using just soap and water) and flushed a lot of partly dried blue ink out of the collector. The finish on the exterior (the flowers and so on) is a bit pitted and scuffed - clearly the pen has had a life of use - but the nib itself seems to be as good as new. No pitting or scratches, and I barely had to realign it. I have a couple of questions: First: Information about this particular sort of pen seems to be thin on the internet. Does anyone know of a site, or someone who collects these pocket pens, who might have more pictures / information about the line? Second: When I opened it up, an o-ring fell out. It seems to be working just fine without the o-ring (I put a CON-20 in), but I wonder where the o-ring is really supposed to go? I haven't tried too hard to disassemble the pen, because it seems like a nice pen and I don't want to mess it up. I'm concerned that the nib/feed are glued in. - N
  3. KingsCountyWriter

    Pilot Converter Identification

    Greetings. I just opened up a couple of Pilot Elites for cleaning. I have 2 completely different converters! I can identify the Con-20, but does anyone have a clue about the other 2? Are they knockoff Con-20s? The top converter is inscribed PRESS HERE PILOT 9007 on the mechanism that depresses to release the liquid. It has threads which make it slightly longer than the Con-20. The middle converter has the "PRESS HERE" but no "PILOT MADE IN JAPAN". The middle one also seems as if its insert is clear, rather than the blue of the Con-20. The Con-20 (or what I believe is a Con-20) is on the bottom. The mystery converters are from Pilot Elite with gold plated nibs.
  4. If you ask me, I am not really much into pocket pens. But this is a pocket pen I could never ignore, thanks to the excellent reviews from none other than Hari. I doubt if it could be a desirable starter fountain pen, but I do find it as a great VFM, given the stunningly big 14k gold nib. And finally it is good friends with my MTN pen holder. Here is a copy of this review on my blog: Elite 95S Review The Elite 95S (or E95S in US) was released as Pilot’s 95th anniversary pen in 2013, sporting a Pilot 14k nib, which is larger than a standard Pilot#5 nib. The Elite S was originally a pocket pen designed by Pilot in 1968. The second run of these pens occurred in 1974. The 95S is more of a evolution of the Elite S fountain pen and as it was launched 95 years after the company’s inception (i.e. 1918) it does carry the first two digits of the model number as ‘95’ with the S and the third digit is by default ‘1’ usually refers price at launch of the pen (i.e 1 X JPY 10,000). It’s referred as the E95S in the US market due to copyright obligations. The Elite 95S (for the Asian market, Model #FES-1MM-DR/B-EF/F/M) comes packaged in a standard pilot gift box (Z-CR-GN) which is usually more of a protection rather than presentation. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mVy918MFP7Q/VfAnBI0ZpKI/AAAAAAAAFdk/WinvMivuiDM/s1600/DSC_6068.jpg DESIGN - FOR YOUR POCKET (6/6) The E95S comes in two standard designs of acrylic resin with a double anodised aluminium cap - Black, Deep Red (or burgundy) in gold plated trims. The acrylic resin material feels sturdy but light, I guess a defining feature for a light pocket pen sharing one dimension with your shirt pocket. You will definitely like the E95S if you like Kaweco Sport pens. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-E7QnDJIvgSY/VfAnA6IemxI/AAAAAAAAFdg/GFL7E97DuLI/s1600/DSC_6074.jpg The tapered geometry starts with a flattened finial of a pearly cap (with a hint of red shade) with a gold plated clip syncing nicely with concentric cap bands and a differentiated ring from the section before it concludes with burgundy of the barrel. The glossy red resin shines moderately under light and creates a good contrast with the cap. This pen seems to preserve a vintage look both in terms of design and make. The cap is light and and can be pulled out quite smoothly, revealing a big dazzling gold nib. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bpP3S0t-IZ8/VfAnAQrDXFI/AAAAAAAAFdY/syxBzXN6o9w/s1600/DSC_6084.jpg The grip section is moulded from the same burgundy resin and a thick golden step announces its beginning as well as the end stop for posting the cap. But as usual, the nib dazzles out the rest. The posted pen gains considerable length and renders both beauty and a deep red contrast to the pearly finish of the cap. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tu7FwfaAig0/VfAnH6CGu0I/AAAAAAAAFds/PtDIhpr0dnw/s1600/DSC_6088.jpg The snap cap with a slightly domed finial preserves a rather classical look. A few things etched across the lower band of the cap includes the model name of Elite on one side and PILOT & JAPAN on the other. Two concentric bands of golden paint render aesthetics to the entire pen, as the cap is quite significant for this pen. The spring loaded clip with an associate loop, has a rectangular top view with geometrical cuts. It’s engraved with PILOT vertically. The design of the clip is reminiscent of older Pilot pens. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6myhhnZXmqs/VfAnRhk2fYI/AAAAAAAAFew/NRpYMhDpeck/s1600/cap.jpg FILLING SYSTEM (5/6) The barrel unscrews from the section which has a metallic insert carrying the necessary threads for syncing with the resin threads inside the barrel. One of those rare pens, in which the section is considerably longer than its barrel. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-R9nqKFombjg/VfAnItHuCtI/AAAAAAAAFd8/BfKRHQF7WfI/s1600/DSC_6108.jpg The pen takes only pilot CON-20 (0.5 mL) converter and pilot proprietary cartridges (0.9 mL) because of its size limitations. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Hl1jSygOJJE/VfAnIlye93I/AAAAAAAAFeA/GRbeD8Gu5OY/s1600/DSC_6110.jpg NIB - ALL THAT MATTERS (5/6) The nib is inset and comes in a 14k design across three stock widths - EF, F & M. The tail end of the nib specifies the month and year of manufacture. It has no other scrollwork apart from branding and nib specs. By the way, the productions are limited to 5000 pieces and that’s why you mostly see 413 (April-2013) as timestamp (or monthstamp) on these nibs. All branding and nib specs namely 14k-585 (58.5% Au Alloy), PILOT, along with the nib width & country of manufacture i.e JAPAN are imprinted below the breather hole. The tines are relatively short, given the longish nib. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YJBZbvTTBLI/VfAnJL8huMI/AAAAAAAAFeE/92C_DapDp7c/s1600/DSC_6114.jpg A partially enclosed or rather hooded bluish grey plastic feed with big feeder hole provides ink suction and a decent buffer. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-B2HUUDsP73c/VfAnKTv9ieI/AAAAAAAAFeM/7AILQMYxqrA/s1600/DSC_6120.jpg PHYSICS OF IT (5/6) – RELATIVELY SPEAKING This is a pocket pen and measures only around 12 cm closed. It is meant to be posted for writing and in addition to the length the cap does add some weight. Though the cap itself is quite light and weighs only 6 grams, the snap mechanism does make it a quick note scribbler. The grip is comfortably tapered ending with a longish nib. Closed ~ 12 cm Uncapped Length ~ 10.5 cm Posted Length ~ 14.7 cm Nib Leverage ~ 2.4 cm Overall Weight ~ 17 g (without converter) Capped, uncapped and posted comparisons with a Pelikan m2XX/4xx go below for your reference. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JJ0soCVTLV8/VfAnO3mOo2I/AAAAAAAAFec/g9R4qaz8Nms/s1600/DSC_6124.jpg http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MdcN6mtgxuQ/VfAnPPYxQgI/AAAAAAAAFeg/0I-4FVIG11s/s1600/DSC_6128.jpghttp://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Cc7yiDx_MUE/VfAnPfe_giI/AAAAAAAAFek/IYqa_kJJDnI/s1600/DSC_6132.jpg ECONOMIC VALUE (6/6) The E95S retails at around USD 136 in the US, although it sell at USD 100 or even less, in Japanese shops like Engeika or Rakuten. I had bought the first pen from Engeika’s Indian Arm - Pensindia. It’s a definite VFM pen. OVERALL (5.4/6) The fine nib has some feedback but is graced with a wet flow. Although pilot does not associate any softness with these nibs, these nibs are quite springy and have a decent amount of flex, the leverage coming from their unique shape. The verticals can grow thicker with slight pressure. The nib has a moderate flow, taking less than 25 seconds to dry a wet Diamine Majestic Blue ink on MD Paper. The paper grids are 5 mm squares. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iBITKFR13ak/VfAnSeFtIyI/AAAAAAAAFe0/ySbwApClgHw/s1600/DSC_6133.jpg Thank you for going through the review. You can find some more pen and paraphernalia reviews here. ADORABLE REVIEWS Hari's Review of Red Elite 95S Black
  5. johnsi02

    Pilot Volex Question

    I've had a Volex for about a year, and it writes well. I also have a bottle of Noodler's Bad Blue Heron that I would like to use in this pen. I'm hesitant because it's a tough ink to get out. I've been using it for several years and learned how to clean it out of normal pens. It's the pens with unusual feed designs that can be a real problem (like that fiber wick feed in the Pilot Petit1). I've seen teardown instructions for a Pilot Elite. The Elite has a little sponge looking thing in it. That little sponge is why I don't run BBH through my Elite. It doesn't seem like it would ever all come out, and possibly permanently clog it. Because the Volex is the same manufacturer and era as the Elite, I'm concerned they might have similar designs. So here's the question. Does the Volex have a similar feed design or is it conventional? If it's conventional, I'm confident I can clean the pen sufficiently. If it's similar, I'll stick to the cartridges I've been using. Thanks for your input. JS
  6. Just picked this little guy up on eBay... Hasn't arrived yet, but I'm wondering what I need to have on hand to clean it when it gets here? The auction description gave zero info on what materials it's made from (except the nib), so I'm not sure what solutions I ought to use to soak what looks like old gunked up ink out of the feed, etc. It appears I may need to de-gunk it before I can even get the nib & feed off to straighten it out. Thanks in advance for any tips! I'll post more photos (if needed) as soon as it arrives! (edit: Just realized how huge the original images were. Uploaded smaller versions.)
  7. This review covers the Elite 95S(FES-1MM-DR-M). On the 95th anniversary of Pilot, they have reintroduced the long discontinued Elite long-short model. The USP of this model is the short capped size of the pen which can easily fit in a small shirt pocket, the cap when posted makes the pen as long as a regular fountain pen thus the functionality and ergonomics is not compromised. The 95S is available in two finishes, all black and one with deep red resin and a pearly steel cap. I went for the latter and this review will document this model. Troglokev in his excellent review has already covered the all black 95S. The pen came in the standard Pilot box, sealed in the usual polyethene sleeve and tags etc. Pilot has wisely not attached any nib width stickers which can be difficult sometimes to remove cleanly. http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8707.jpg http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8709.jpg http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8710.jpg Freed from captivity: http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8711.jpg http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8712.jpg http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8713.jpg I purchased the pen from a different source this time, and this is the first time i have got this card, I believe this is a guarantee card? Any help on this will be appreciated: http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8714.jpg http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8715.jpg http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8716.jpg http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8718.jpg The pen arrived this Monday. I quickly took some pictures. On Tuesday early morning, I had to fly to another city to attend a review meeting, I decided to take the new arrival along as the sole writing implement, the pen saw some intensive use on Tuesday and Wednesday, I have taken rest of the pics today: http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8724.jpg http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8725.jpg Loaded with a Pilot black cartridge http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8726.jpg The 95S features the really superb inset nib. Pilot is one of the few companies that have the expertise to offer such nibs and the 95S has been given this nib. The original pens had the thumbnail nibs and some had the inset nibs also as can be seen in this excellent blog post. Comparing this pen to a 70's Silvern Crane: http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8731.jpg Not a very small pen, The nibs: http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8733.jpg http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8735.jpg http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8737.jpg The Silvern's inset nib is quite large as compared to the 95S. The feeders(the feeder is totally enclosed inside the shell on the silvern pens): http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8738.jpg The clip is spring loaded, a very good job: http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8739.jpg Vintage type PILOT marking on the clip http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8740.jpg http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8741.jpg http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8743.jpg I fortunately can write comfortably with any size of pen and have a collection of pens in all sizes. The Elite compared to some well known small pens: http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8728.jpg L-R:Elite, Pelikan M320 Ruby, MB Mozart, English Parker Lady, Omas Extra: The small pens posted, can be revealing: http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8730.jpg Comparing with the Pilot custom 74: http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8744.jpg http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8745.jpg http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8747.jpg http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn307/hari-b/PilotElite95S/IMG_8749.jpg The girth at the gripping point is very similar, I like the long smooth tapered section on the 95S, the threads are somewhat sharp on the 74 and come where I grip the pen, the 742 has a slightly longer section that helps me a lot. That is the reason I have many more 742s than the 74. Writing: The pen is a flawless writer, the moment I popped in the cartridge, I knew I could trust it to take it along as the single pen for the trip. Very smooth, even flow. The nib is soft, a very nice nib. The pen is very comfortable to be used when posted as you can see the pen is nearly full sized when posted. Cost: This is the best part. even though this is a 95th anniversary reissue, Pilot has priced this pen with a 14K solid gold nib at just 10,500JPY MSRP. I think this is unmatchable by any other company outside of Japan, this is what full in-house manufacturing and continued conservation of expertise can achieve. After 30% discount and including EMS shipping to India, I paid just around 83USD. Tremendous value. I bought this from a new pen vendor in Tokyo and I think they are going to get some good custom from me in the coming days. I highly recommended this pen, very happy with it. I think the 5000 pens production(read it somewhere that the 95S will be 5000 pieces) will be sold out very soon. I hope you find this review and comparisons useful. Cheers! Hari
  8. I'm in a bit of a conundrum here, and I'm looking for some help. My pen history is basically nil. I've only owned Varsities, a Lamy Safari EF, and a couple of 78Gs. I'd like to graduate someday to actual fountain pens like the MYU 701 or custom 74, but as a poor college student, I cannot do so in the near future. With that in mind, which should I purchase? A White Tiger Pilot Metropolitan, or a NOS Pilot Elite Short/Long FP? I've been intending to get the Elite for awhile now, but the seller is currently away and won't be back until 1-15-2014 (one can still view the item in question here:http://www.ebay.com/itm/350810855581). I've got some Diamine Red Dragon ink burning a hole in my desk drawer, but I don't want to spoil its 'new factor' by putting it in my well-used 78G or recalcitrant safari. I imagine that a japanese extra fine nib would probably be too litte for my use, and I've read on https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php/topic/182020-clean-out-my-office-sale-round-1/ that another user purchased this pen from the same seller, but "It was a firehose with ink" I'll stop rambling now, but I think I've become fixated on a pen which seems to have a good chance of dissapointing me (the Elite S/L, that is). Can anyone help me make sense of the situation and if needed talk me out of my fixation?
  9. This review is a sequel to my Review of the 95S in Deep Red, The pen in this review is essentially the same as the other pen but for the color and nib size. The model documented here is the FES-1MM-B-EF Super impressed with the Elite, I ended up ordering a few more, this Black EF for me and a Black F for a very good friend (also an FPNer). Same Packaging: http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t543/hari_317/PilotElite95SBlack/IMG_8811.jpg http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t543/hari_317/PilotElite95SBlack/IMG_8812.jpg http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t543/hari_317/PilotElite95SBlack/IMG_8813.jpg http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t543/hari_317/PilotElite95SBlack/IMG_8814.jpg The pens compared: http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t543/hari_317/PilotElite95SBlack/IMG_8815.jpg http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t543/hari_317/PilotElite95SBlack/IMG_8817.jpg The nibs: The M nib has seen a few weeks of use, the EF is pristine. http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t543/hari_317/PilotElite95SBlack/IMG_8818.jpg The tipping: http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t543/hari_317/PilotElite95SBlack/IMG_8820.jpg the EF is so much smaller than the M, really Pilot precision:notworthy1: http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t543/hari_317/PilotElite95SBlack/IMG_8822.jpg The black has such a glossy captop. Some writing samples comparing the new arrival with some other inked ones in the tray: http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t543/hari_317/PilotElite95SBlack/IMG_8828.jpg EF Vs M: http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t543/hari_317/PilotElite95SBlack/IMG_8830.jpg http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t543/hari_317/PilotElite95SBlack/IMG_8829.jpg Cheers! Hari
  10. Pilot Elite Pocket Pen (18k Gold Nib, Fine, Vintage) Review Ink: Diamine Monaco Red Paper: Rhodia No. 16 5x5 Grid I picked out this pen on ebay because I thought it looked very interesting. It was a used pen, and did not come with a box or converter, but it was in fairly good condition (it only had micro scratches). I fell in love with the design the moment I saw it, but to my horror I found that the pen did NOT write well. Thankfully, after a quick check with a loupe, I found that the tines did not have any space between them. I quickly fixed it and used it for a full day with several different inks. The following is my handwritten review of the pen: http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2868/11992561946_de01404a8b.jpg For those who can't read my handwriting, I took the liberty of typing up the review as well: 1. Appearance and Design: 10/10To me, the design is one of the most appealing aspsects of the pen. It looks sleek, modern and very classy both capped and posted. The integrated feed really drives the appearance home. It is a nice glossy black with elegant gold trim. http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3770/11992137344_6736e58fcb.jpg 2. Construction and Quality: 10/10 There is nothing that I can justify deducting points for. The pen is very solid, and the capping/posting mechanism process is wonderfully smooth but with just enough resistance. The pen does not feel cheap in the hand. It feels solid enough that I would not be afraid if I dropped it. http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5517/11992568796_29ebc49b8d.jpg 3. Weight and Dimensions: 8/10 The pen is a bit on the light side but not quite light. The section may be too thin for some but I find it to be close to ideal. It is about 4.5 inches capped and about 6 inches posted. The pocket pens are made to be posted. 4. Nib and Performance: 8/10 The nib is smooth with just the right amount of feedback. It is made of plain 18k gold, and is a nial, more or less. It's a great Japanese fine, and has average flow. http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7335/11992571766_b10391bd7c.jpg 5. Filling System and Maintenance: 5/10A standard cartridge/converter. Not much to say. Takes the con20. 6. Cost and Value: 7/10I got it on ebay for very cheap for a wonderful smooth gold nib. I don't see them very often, but I feel as though $90 was a fair price. 7. Conclusion: Recommended! A very pleasing vintage pen that I found to be functional and handy I would definitely recommend this pen. Addendum:I only rated the nib so low because I had problems initially and for a while I also had some problems with the occasional hard start. That has since been worked on and it is seemingly fixed. After that it has been a very pleasant experience and it is one of my favourite pens for everyday use. I would only rate my Sailor 1911 higher, and my flex nib Eversharp ties with it.
  11. Hi everyone, This is a review of the vintage pilot elite (full size). I got it through ebay as NOS and it was pretty cheap since it has a steel gold plated nib and it is made of plastic... And very cheap plastic if you want my opinion... But i was attracted by the look of it and it would complete my collection of elite since I already own the small (Big cap) one. The look : It is actually the best part of this pen in my opinion. It is very subjective of course, everybody won't agree on that but I think it is a very nice pen, black and gold, pretty sharp edges but still a little bit rounded. The golden ELITE word under the cap. Very cool, very stylish, wont go unnoticed ! The nib : I got my Elite with a fine nib ( japanese ) wich would be considered as Extra fine. The nib is nice, gold plated stainless steel but It is very scratchy... It is more than just "feedback" from a very fine nib. So this pen is not my favorite for its writing, I don't use it on a daily basis because of that. The feed : Nothing to say about that... Just good, good ink flow, not too wet not too dry : very reliable, starts up every time and keep going through the pages. Weight and balance : It is a very light pen... it weights about 14g with the converter and ink but it is well balanced, pleasant and comfortable to write with. If you like lighter pens you will appreciate it. Conclusion : It is a good, reliable pen... but it is not very exciting to write with it, the scratchiness of the nib is quite a big issue. I would recommend this pen for a "collector" looking for those types of pen but not as a daily writer.. unless you like very fine and scratchy nibs Despite all this, it is a interesting pen that I got through ebay for very litte money, I still think it is a good buy ! *** English is not my first language so please understand if I made some mistakes ! Your comments are very welcomed !





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