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  1. From the album: Mercian’s pens

    The back of the point-of-sale packaging for my European-market Pilot Plumix ‘F’. I am delighted by the fact that Pilot actually listed the nominal measured widths of its different grades of Plumix nib.

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  2. From the album: Mercian’s pens

    The front of the point-of-sale package in which my Pilot Plumix ‘F’ arrived. My pen is a European-market version, so takes ‘short international cartridges’. Caveat lector: A long’ ‘international’ cartridge just about fits in to this pen, but if one unscrews the barrel from the pen, doing so pulls the cartridge off the feed-nipple! At least, it does that to the (already-empty) Pelikan GTP5 cartridge that I tried in the pen. I do not know whether it would also do that to e.g. a long cartridge made by Waterman.

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  3. From the album: Mercian’s pens

    Everything that was in the point-of-sale packaging of my Pilot Plumix ‘F’: The little booklet that gives a brief outline of how to ‘draw’ calligraphic glyphs for the Latin alphabet; Two short ‘international’ cartridges (do they contain Pilot ink? Or some other brand? Il ne dit pas!); The European-market Pilot Plumix with its ‘F’ nib.

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  4. From the album: Mercian’s pens

    A side-on view of my (European-market) Pilot Plumix ‘F’. The ‘ventral morphology’ is more obvious on this, solid-black-bodied, pen than is that of its translucent-bodied, ‘M’-nibbed, cousin.

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  5. From the album: Mercian’s pens

    Behold; the belly of the beast! 😉 A side-view of my example of the European species of Pilot Plumix. Mine has a nib that is marked ‘M’. Inside it one can see the ‘Short International’ cartridge of blue ink that came to me with the pen.

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  6. Mercian

    Pilot Plumix - top view.jpeg

    From the album: Mercian’s pens

    This is my Pilot Plumix. It nib is marked ‘M’, and has what I think is an Italic grind. Pilot makes a similar-looking pen called the ‘Pluminix’. That one is a smaller ‘cousin’ of this one. The way that I remember the difference is by thinking of the Pluminix as a ‘mini Plumix’. This photo is partly intended as a demonstration of how very ‘squid-like’ this thing is in appearance. If one pictures the cap’s ‘fins’ as the ‘mantle’ of the squid, one can picture the pen’s body as the beast’s tentacles, reaching out to capture its prey. When one holds it with the top of the nib upwards (as in this photo) one can not see one very unusual aspect of its shape - on the underside of the pen’s barrel, the moulding swells out like a ‘belly’, and has curved ridges moulded on to it too. The pen has a shaped grip-section that has three facets moulded into it. I hold my pens with a traditional ‘tripod grip’, and I find it to be actually surprisingly-comfortable in my hand. My Plumix is an example of the European species of Plumix; it is ‘chambered’ for ‘Short International’ cartridges. Mine came to me with one SIC of a blue ink inside its barrel. The species of Plumix that one encounters everywhere outside Europe is chambered for Pilot’s own proprietary cartridges. One final point - Pilot prevents Britons from buying either version of the Plumix, or the Pluminix - I had to order mine from a vendor in continental Europe. Pilot also prevents us from buying any of its pens that are more-expensive than their disposable ‘V-pen’ (about £5ea as I type this) but less-expensive than their ‘Custom Heritage 92’ (about £185ea as I type this). Pilot also prevents us from buying their standard inks in bottles. We are only allowed to buy their ‘luxury’ ‘Iroshizuku’ inks. I conclude that Pilot hates Britain ☹️

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  7. Mercian

    Pilot Plumix - side view.jpeg

    From the album: Mercian’s pens

    This photo is an attempt to show another aspect of the strange, rather ‘loligoform’ shape of this pen - its ridged ventral swelling, aka the ‘belly of the beast’ 😉 Clearly though, I ought to have first removed the sticker 🤦‍♂️ The sticker has the code FCD-PXN-B-M printed on it. My pen has a nib that is marked ‘M’. I believe that it has an Italic grind. The SKU is 4902505335471. My Plumix is an example of the European species; it is chambered to take ‘Short International’ cartridges, rather than Pilot’s own proprietary cartridges. It came to me with one SIC of blue ink enclosed. Although the pen’s shape is decidedly unusual, and visually-striking, it is surprisingly comfortable in the hand. N.b. I hold pens with the traditional ‘tripod’ grip; if you do not use that grip, you may find its three-faceted grip-section to be decidedly uncomfortable!

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  8. It helps to explore this yourself, revisiting once in a while if need be, and keep in mind where each of those personal info fields are entered. Don't leave it until the urge to change something specific to come upon you, and only then bother to ask the question! Invest the time surveying upfront, instead of waste it later waiting for an answer from nobody in particular. Most of the fields shown above are self-evident as to what they are. I think the only ones that could do with explanation are: Security and Privacy: There is only one setting under there, and that is a toggle for whether your online status (including ‘last active’ date or time) is visible to others Content View Behavior: That has nothing to do with what others can see about you, but only where you would like to start reading when accessing content Enable status updates: This toggle enables/disables the public feed on your profile page; if you disable it, then nobody (including you) can post publicly visible ‘status updates’ or any other message against your profile, but if you enable it, then anyone — friend, foe, or complete stranger — can post something there whenever, without waiting for you to initiate and then only reply to what you wrote Notification Settings have nothing to do with what others can see about you, and so is out of scope for this article, and I'm not going to delve into those right now. (You can look here, here, and here to wrap your head around how notifications work with respect to followed content.) N.B. There is a possibility that some of the above settings and data fields may not be available to Bronze members and/or Silver members, but I have no way of testing that or scoping it out. — • — Another way of getting to the Edit Profile dialog, and the way to change your profile photo (or ‘avatar’), is here: — • — Freeform, custom member titles that one enters for oneself are long gone, and have not been a thing since FPN came back from a long hiatus and platform upgrade late in 2020.
  9. A Smug Dill

    Pilot Prera iro-ai product page

    From the album: Translated third-party content

    Source: https://www.pilot.co.jp/products/pen/fountain/fountain/prera_iro_ai/ In reply to:

    © Pilot Corporation

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  10. From the album: Nib comparisons

    Pilot Plumix, Penmanship, Kakuno, 78G, Prera and Cocoon/MR (including but not limited to the MR Metropolitan) pens all use the same type of interchangeable, friction-fit steel nibs, so getting a Pilot Enso Plumix hand lettering set means I get three italic nibs (of F, M and B width grades) that will fit into any of the other models. They also fit the PenBBS 494, Pali 013/Wing Sung 3013, and a number of other Chinese fountain pens. N.B. The CM nib option available for some Pilot Prera and MR models is effectively the same as a Plumix M nib.

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  11. Now that it is possible to buy Pilot Plumix pens — which are fitted with broad-edged nibs — with different (F, M and nib widths, I bought a new set (as opposed to the old three-pack all fitted with M nibs; I still have another one of those sitting in a drawer unopened, although Amazon Australia don't seem to sell them any more), with the expectation that I might use them as nib donors for three new Prera pens, which have remained unopened for over a year because in themselves they aren't such interesting pens. This is how they write, compared to the standard round-tipped F and M nibs on the Pilot MR (or Prera, 78G, etc.): I now have a second set of those pens on order, after seeing the results!
  12. My girlfriend has one of those purple "retro-pop" Pilot Metros with a transplanted 1.1 stub nib from a Plumix. She keeps complaining that it's "leaking," which seems to mean that when she uncaps it to use it there's ink all over the section, so she gets inky fingers. I've inspected it fairly closely over the course of several weeks and I can't find anything wrong with it - no cracks in the section, the nib/feed is sitting properly, I've swapped out a couple of different cartridges / converters, etc., all the usual suspects. I have noticed on my own two Metros that a substantial quantity of ink appears to pool under the hood of the nib, sometimes even working its way around to the under side of the feed. If you give either pen a pretty good shake ink will come splashing out and splatter all over your paper. I realize that fountain pens should, generally, be treated gently. However, my other similarly priced pens do not exhibit this behavior - I have a Platinum Plaisir (F), a Kaweco Classic Sport (1.1 stub), and a Parker Urban (M) inked up in daily use and they do not splatter when shook. My suspicion is that there is something about the design of the Metro that leads to this ink pool forming (since I observe it in all three of our pens) and that in my girlfriend's case, living as it does in the pen-loop of her padfolio, at various points throughout the day her pen is sometimes jostled, leading to ink from the pool spraying all over the interior of the cap. I know this is a cheap pen, but she really loves it, and I would like to make it useable for her, if I can. Has anyone else observed this phenomenon or come up with a way to solve it? Thanks! - N
  13. I bought a Pilot Plumix a while ago as my first stub nib pen. Though initially I had a bit of fun with it, I find I don't use it much - even while I use my flex nibs quite a lot. I thought it was a little bit of money wasted, until today when i found out I could use it as a flat-head screwdriver. With reborn purpose, I think I'll be using this pen a lot more now. Has anyone else found alternative uses of/for stub nibs, or am I the sole madman here? (Embracing for hatemail. Don't worry, I do take proper care of my other pens.)
  14. phillieskjk

    Kakuno Nib Swap

    Are the nibs on the Pilot Kakuno swappable with the other cheaper pilot pens that all swap nibs (Metropolitan, 78g, Penmanship, Plumix, etc.)? The smiles on the Kakuno nibs make me unsure, as none of the others have them, but if they are I would love to put one of the smile nibs on my Prera! Thanks, Phillieskjk
  15. I had an unfortunate mishap with my Pilot Metropolitan at work, and destroyed the nib. I dropped it (cap off), onto a tile floor, it bounced off the nib and "double-tapped", bending it in two different directions. Needless to say, the nib was mangled. Wanting to try a different type of nib, and not willing to buy another metropolitan, just to cannibalize, I decided to buy a plumix and swap the nibs. I did not try out the Plumix first. I immediately dismantled it, cleaned both pens with plain water, and re-assembled the plumix nib and feed together on the Metro, using the same half-spent black cartridge I was using previously. After the first few strokes I noticed it would randomly skip on the first 1/10 inch or so of a downstroke, and randomly on side strokes, then start flowing. Now, I have never used an italic/stub nib before, so maybe I'm doing something wrong. I was trying to keep the nib flat and straight on the paper, and not roll it to one side. I was also writing very slow. Even so, it was still acting up. I've read reviews where many people have said the plumix nib is one of the smoothest Pilot nibs out there. While actually flowing I would say its very smooth, but the skipping issues ruin the experience. I do not have a loupe, but I do have an SLR camera, and multiple lenses, so I tried the "reverse-lens" trick. It was hard to see, as I probably shouldn't have used a 28-200mm zoom lens (very small opening at infinity focus), but I could not see any misalignment of the tines. I did end up buying another metro to use as-is, and both Mediums are/were buttery smooth. It's a shame I'm having trouble with their stub. Any ideas?
  16. stelvask

    Pilot Plumix Question

    I bought the Pilot Plumix recently on a bit of a whim, hoping to swap out of the nib in my Metro for the italic version in the Plumix. Having cleaned my Metro over the weekend, I swapped the nibs, loaded the Metro (with the Plumix italic) with Kon-Peki and gave it a shot. This is my first time using any sort of italic nib, and I've found that the writing experience is just... unpleasant. The pen is skipping, hard starting, and worst of all it feels like writing on a chalkboard. I tried it for about five minute before I had to set it down. I feel kind of bummed about this, since the writing looks amazing, but I can't use the pen like this. I'm curious if anyone else has had a similar issue with the nib. I understand that italic nibs can be scratchy, but this seemed really bad. Any suggestions? - edited for clarity.
  17. Appearance/Design (8/10) Unusual but functional. The barrel swells out slightly before gently tapering at the end. There's no clip but the cap sports little wings to prevent the (capped or posted) pen from rolling. I like the Plumix's triangular grip. The nib and feed are friction-fit and can easily be pulled out, rotated to any angle, and replaced. I'm giving extra points for that, even though the pen is not beautiful IMO. http://i.imgur.com/bzg9ugo.jpg http://i.imgur.com/AQJtWIB.jpg Construction & Quality (8/10) This pen is all-plastic apart from the nib. It's well-constructed for the price. I haven't had any problems with disassembling/reassembling the pen. However, ink does tend to creep down into the threads above the nib and it worries me. It hasn't leaked yet, but who knows? I haven't stored it upside-down, put it in a pocket/bag or experimented with a large variety of inks. See the picture below: http://i.imgur.com/gmVixoG.jpg Weight & Dimensions (10/10) Lightweight and long. Nib & Performance (8/10) I had high hopes for this M italic nib (~1.0mm?). The line quality is fantastic. However, my Plumix is extremely dry. The first two inks I tried were Pilot Blue (the included cartridge) and Noodler's Nikita red. The ink flow was fine as long as I didn't take the nib off the paper. Once I did, ink wouldn't appear until part-way into the next stroke. I eventually solved this by using a wetter ink - Noodler's Gruene Cactus Eel in this case. http://i.imgur.com/zTG9ESU.jpg This "sacks" sucks. http://i.imgur.com/8bdFmOR.jpg http://i.imgur.com/eGabDMb.jpg Filling System & Maintenance (6/10) This pen came with a single cartridge which I've been reusing. It can also be fitted with a Con-20 or Con-50 converter. Cleaning the pen requires pulling the nib and feed out. As I've mentioned, ink collects in the threads above the nib and this could contaminate any new ink. That said, the entire process is very simple and straightforward. Cost & Value (10/10) For $9, this is excellent value. Conclusion (50/60) I like the Plumix, but it's finicky about ink. When it skips, it frustrates me. When it works, I love it. This is a well-designed pen and it has great value. However, it took some experimentation before I could get it to function well. This is not a pen that I can use without keeping pen treatment (store upright to avoid possible leaks), maintenance (disassemble to clean/change inks) and ink choice in mind.
  18. scrivelry

    Looking For A Pilot Nib

    A Franken-Plumix has come my way - it has one color body, anther color cap, and is missing the nib. Reading carefully on FPN, and calling a supplier or two, it seems that: Pliot does not sell nibs for these pens Pilot Varsity nibs will not work Generic nibs will not work But nibs from Pilot Prera, 78-G, Plumix and Penmanship should be replacements for each other. So... if anyone happens to have nib for any of these, and no longer has a workable pen to go with it, and would be interested in getting rid of that nib, maybe we can work something out. (I know the pens are not expensive. It's more the challenge here...) T
  19. circlepattern

    Pilot Plumix: Everyday Pen?

    I've always wanted an italic nib, and it seems nearly all are WAY out of my price range since I'm not a collector, just everyday user. I recently tumbled upon the plumix, a pen that will get me some weird looks, but might be interesting to use. I'm somehow getting the impression that this is meant to be used for drawing and such from other posts, but I actually want to use it, primarily so that my writing will look more "exotic". However I do not intend to lose speed and comfort of the regular round nib pens.

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