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  1. Bell_Shell

    New from CA with A question

    Hi, nice to virtually meet y'all. I am somewhat new to the fountain pen world but now that I've found it I'm totally obsessed. I got a Pilot Retro about a year ago as a gift and I'm looking to upgrade to a nicer one. I'm torn between the Pilot Pera and the Pilot Custom 74. I've never spent more than $20 on a pen before so I want to make sure I'm getting the right thing for me. My biggest worry is that I'll buy to Pera and then in a few months want to get the Custom 74. I guess my question is is the 74 worth the money at the point I'm at or would it be better to get the Pera first? Also is
  2. As the title says, new colours are to be introduced in the Pilot Custom 74 demonstrator line. Namely Forest Green, Blue Black and Orange Red. I saw the news on reddit Pen Gallery from Malaysia has showed a pic and is selling them https://www.instagram.com/p/CJsrqDpDhvt/ I assume these will be available everywhere where the other demos are available (except that maddeningly blue and violet seem to be US exclusives?? WHY???) It would be nice if more colours were added to the regular 74, the 91, the Elite95s, 742 and 912
  3. Agenzen

    Pilot Custom 74 Feed O-Ring?

    Hi, is there supposed to be some kind of o-ring or soft plastic/rubber skirt that sits at the bottom of the feed on a pilot custom 74? If so I think I lost mine, or at any rate it's missing. Does anyone know how I can replace it? The feed is somewhat stable but can easily be diveven off center even though the nib is firmly in the feed slot. Basically the feed is a little lose. Not terrible but bad enough. I've seen some pictures that suggest that there may be a soft plastic transparent skirt that sits at the bottom of feed. I'm not taking about the hard collar that sits inside the sectio
  4. thespyingdutchman

    Pilot Soft Nibs

    Hi! I'm planning on buying my first "premium" fountain pen. I'm currently set on getting a Pilot Custom Heritage 91 (or Custom 74, but I suppose it doesn't matter much since the nibs are interchangeable). I'm pretty sure about what model and what finish I want to get, but I just can't decide on the nib size. I don't have any experience with Pilot fountain pens, or any Japanese fountain pen for that matter. I'm used to writing with western fines and mediums, so I thought a Japanese FM would be a good choice. I want to go fine or maybe finer than a western fine, but I don't want a nib that
  5. Hello! I'm not sure this is the right place to ask this. If it's not, I apologise. I'm very new to FPN. Still figuring things out I suppose! Anyways, I want to get myself a Pilot CH91 or 92 for my birthday this month. I'm not actually looking to buy a 74, but I thought I'd put it in the title as well since it's a more popular pen than the 91 and 92, and it uses the same nib section. Like the title says: I'm looking for a permanent ink that flows well in any of the aforementioned pens. I currently don't have any inks that are even remotely waterproof (mostly Waterman and Pelikan 4001s).
  6. Hello all, I decided to swap the Medium nib from Custom 74 & the Fine-medium (FM) nib from Custom Heritage 91. This has been discussed at length before, as many Pilot models use the same size #5 gold nibs. My question is whether the feeds should stay with their original grip sections or go with the original nibs. I understand that in theory the feeds should be identical (and they do look identical), but they do feel a little different when mated to the other nibs & grip sections. Is it possible to generalize on what would be the best approach? Are feeds & grip sections individually
  7. I was in Tokyo for business this week and I had few hours to visit Itoya and Maruzen in Tokyo. Pilot already distributed 2 new colors for Custom 74 for 2017: it is a kind of milled pattern body and cap, available in blue and black. As I'm not english mother language, and I'm not sure if the description is understandable, here below a picture for the blue I purchased. They had very few of that pens available: at Itoya only some black left, and the blue were available only at Maruzen, where I bought one of the last, even with a nib not ideal for me.
  8. glowy01

    Ebay Authenticity

    I am in high school and have a high school budget ( below $110 USD.) . I saw this listing for a Pilot Custom 74 for $85 shipped from Japan on eBay. Is it authentic? How do they get the price down so low? http://www.ebay.com/itm/F-nib-Pilot-NAMIKI-Custom-74-Fountain-Pen-Demonstrator-Clear-Transparence-14K/172663774260?_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3D9f0ac632a1214902afab5edaae6062cb%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D172663774260&_trkparms=pageci%253Adbbd793b-426f-11e7-b430-74dbd180dce2%257Cp
  9. PILOT CUSTOM 74 - MUSIC NIB Pilot Custom 74 – Music Nib This happens to be my latest addition or you may call addiction to Pilot Pens. After buying and using PILOT CAPLESS I realised that I need more Pilot Pens and lot of fellow fountain pen users and friends recommended me to buy Custom 74 and here I must thank Dhruv for connecting me with Bunkidou Shop. Dealing with Bunkidou was an amazing experience and his service was excellent. I actually bought two PILOT pens from him, CUSTOM 74 and CUSTOM HERITAGE 92. And the EMS service was so amazing that the pens reached to India from Japan
  10. Arcticcfoxx

    Pilot Custom 74 Won't Flow

    Hello all, I had an issue with a Pilot Custom 74 Medium Nib. I bought the pen awhile ago, however never really used it too much as I found my Lamy 2000 provides a much more enjoyable writing experience in my opinion. Recently however I decided to give the Pilot Custom 74 another go. What I'm having issue with is the flow. Once the Con-50 converter I purchase was firm inserted into the pen and filled with Noodle's Dark Matter ink, the pen would write for awhile, then begin to run out of ink flowing to the feed. To get the pen to write again I would have to unscrew the barrel from the nib unit
  11. Pilot Custom 74 Soft Fine Review This is my first ever review, so please bear with me and please let me know of any mistakes. Table of ContentsIntroductionPackagingForm Factor and AppearanceNib and SectionConclusion (TLDR) Statistics · Name: Pilot C74 · Country of Origin: Japan, imported to US · Model Number: FKK-1000R-B-SF · Color: Black with Gold Accents · Price: $84.39 from Amazon (free Prime one-day shipping included) · Included Items: Box, warranty papers (no converters, just a cartridge) Part I: Introduction The Pilot Custom 74 is perhaps one of the most well known 14k next-step pe
  12. After acquiring a lot of gift cards for my birthday, I decided I would like to finally get a gold nib pen. All I can afford is an eBay/Amazon seller of the Pilot Custom 74, but I am dedicated to this pen after many reviews., so I would not like to change that. This seems to be the best pen for my hand size, school and other things I may use it for, like generic writing. One thing I cannot seem to find much of are pictures or suggestions of nib comparisons. I would definitely like a nib with a bit of line variation (and yes I know flex and soft are not the same thing). I know the soft nibs a
  13. I am trying to decide between getting a pilot custom 74 with a medium nib and a platinum 3776 century with a medium nib. To me, their designs are similar but I am not sure how their nibs compare and what the big differences between the two are. If anybody is able to help I would greatly appreciate it.
  14. reductioadabsurdum

    Pilot Custom 74 Sf Vs Sfm Nib

    Hello all, I am looking to purchase my first "nice" fountain pen, and have decided on the Pilot Custom 74, due to the excellent reviews it gets, the nib options, the appearance, the screw cap, and perhaps most of all, the price (~$80 vs. $130+). I currently own two fountain pens - a Sheaffer Viewpoint Calligraphy Pen with a 1.5mm italic nib, and a Pilot Metropolitan with a fine nib. I enjoy both pens very much, although the nib on the Pilot is slightly deformed at the moment. The Pilot puts (put) out a beautifully thin line, which is perfect for my writing needs as a student. At last I can fit
  15. Lovely_Pen

    Pilot Custom 74 Nib Issues

    So I recently bought a Pilot Custom 74 from an online retailer, and I love the pen but the nib is a huge disappointment. When I first inked up the pen it was incredibly scratchy, and there were some ink flow problems. However, since using it the scratchiness has evened out a bit, but the flow still remains problematic--sometimes it dries out completely and won't write a single line. I've contacted the seller, and they've said that I can mail the pen back to them and they can "re-tune" the nib for me, but I'm not sure I should. 1. I'll have to pay for return shipping to them, and 2. they we
  16. So due to a number of recent personal events, I find myself in the market for my first gold nib fountain pen! I'm very excited, and I've narrowed it down to a few options: Lamy 2000, Pilot Custom 74, and Platinum Century 3776 Nice Pur. I know that there have been a ton of similar threads from other newbies asking questions, but I thought I'd throw my thread into the ring anyhow... In particular, I'm curious to know how gold nibs compare to their steel counterparts in term of line thickness and general feel/writing experience. For example, is the Lamy 2000 M gold nib similar to the steel vers
  17. I'm tempted to buy a demonstrator and I'm partial to fine-but-good nibs with some spring. Careful Googling and forum searching has led me to these two: the Pilot Custom 74 in fine and the Pelikan m200 in extra-fine. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to sell me on one or the other or both of these pens using whatever rhetorical means necessary. I thank you for your wise counsel in advance.

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