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Can't find a review of this FP with a SU (stub) nib.

 

Does anyone here own one?

 

Or is there a review available anywhere?

A writing sample would be helpful too.

Thanks in advance.

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Thanks for the link.

However, that was a review of the 742.

 

Anyone here has the 743 <SU> ?

it's a size 15 nib.

 

Also, is the convertor fill larger in capacity?

 

Thanks.

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Today, I took delivery of my PILOT Custom 743 <SU> Sutab nib.

 

This is a size 15 nib. Large.

Same size as the PILOT Custom 823.

I'd probably swap the nib onto the 823 just like many here have done.

 

The nib is also 14karat gold - the ideal gold content - makes it that little springy whilst being resilient.

 

Rinsed the pen with slight soapy water,

then filled with PELIKAN Brilliant Brown ink.

 

Writes like a dream :cloud9:

 

It delivers ink flawlessly, even without writing pressure.

 

Then, just by pressing slightly harder, it delivers more ink, producing a nice shading.

 

My only complaint is the button filler which I hate :bonk:

Its a very uncomfortable method of refilling.

 

Other than that, its a good writer.

Second only to the 823 which is a better looking pen and I think , better balanced, with the piston steel innards.

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Here you go ....

 

 

The nib is 14Karat , and its a size 15 nib (large) same size as the Custom 823 nibs.

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20743%20SU%20nib/002.jpg

 

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20743%20SU%20nib/005.jpg

 

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20743%20SU%20nib/006.jpg

 

there is a serial number at the leftside base of the nib. It says "112" and I dont know what it stands for.

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20743%20SU%20nib/0022.jpg

 

 

Writing paper is MARUMAN High Quality Report Pad A5 size

P163. White unlined. 68gsm. Very smooth paper. :thumbup:

 

Light vs heavy writing pressure ...

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20743%20SU%20nib/011.jpg

 

Closeup ... heavy pressure ...

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20743%20SU%20nib/012.jpg

 

Closeup - light vs heavy pressure ...

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20743%20SU%20nib/013.jpg

 

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20743%20SU%20nib/017.jpg

 

The tailcone is short ... not too aesthetic I feel ...

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20743%20SU%20nib/017.jpg

 

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20743%20SU%20nib/022.jpg

 

Compared against the 823 , where the tailcone is longer.

The 823 is at the top.

the 743 at the bottom

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20743%20SU%20nib/020.jpg

 

The caps appear identical.

the 743 is on the leftside

The 823 on the rightside

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20743%20SU%20nib/023.jpg

 

The model number engraved on the gold rim ...

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20743%20SU%20nib/P1110478.jpg

 

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20743%20SU%20nib/P1110470.jpg

 

The PILOT Custom 743 <SU> Sutab nib.

Here you can see the well-formed stub shape

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20743%20SU%20nib/P1110481.jpg

 

apologies for the not so sharp macro shots ...

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I did a comparison against my PILOT Custom 823 <B> DIY Stub .

 

I reshaped the factory <B> nib myself...

as I felt more comfy with stub nibs.

The 14K nib was very good to work on.

 

This is the PILOT Custom 823 <B> DIY Stub nib

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20823%20B%20DIY%20Stub/002.jpg

 

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20823%20B%20DIY%20Stub/003.jpg

 

There is a serial number at the leftside base of the nib...

It says "A609" and I dont know what it means...

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20823%20B%20DIY%20Stub/006.jpg

 

Here is a writing sample, done with light writing pressure and heavy writing pressure...

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20823%20B%20DIY%20Stub/014.jpg

 

Closeup ... heavy pressure ...

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20823%20B%20DIY%20Stub/015.jpg

 

Closeup - light vs heavy pressure ...

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u236/TMLee/FP/PILOT%20Custom%20823%20B%20DIY%20Stub/016.jpg

 

I find the 823 a wetter writer. :thumbup:

But I am not sure if its due to my releasing the tailcone by about 2-3mm.

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Hi,

 

Those are nice pictures! The number on the nib isn't a serial number. It's a date code. Your first pen was made in January 2012. The other pen was made in June 2009.

 

Enjoy!

 

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Hi,

 

Those are nice pictures! The number on the nib isn't a serial number. It's a date code. Your first pen was made in January 2012. The other pen was made in June 2009.

 

Enjoy!

 

Dillon

 

 

Oh I see ....

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Thanks for the nice review! I love my 823. Would be nice to try a Su nib.

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I have both the 823 and 743. I like the balance of the 743 better. I like the 743 better.

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Thanks for this great review and terrific set of writing samples! Are you still enjoying these pens 2 years later?

 

Chris

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Thanks for this great review and terrific set of writing samples! Are you still enjoying these pens 2 years later?

 

Chris

Thanks !

 

Yes !

These are great nibs.

Try the SUTAB nib on the 743, if you haven't.

It's really good.

 

Like many others who grow to acquire several of the same,

I now have

2x823 and

1x743

 

I am tempted to try the

SUTAB nib size 10 on which pen - the 912 ?

 

Wonder whether significantly different ?

I believe the largish size 15 provides that little flex enough to add to the writing comfort.

 

Not sure whether the size 10 gives this experience. ?

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May I ask which nibs do you have on the 823? One is the custom stub you mentioned, do you have an M nib as well? I'm thinking of purchasing an 823, your feedback would be helpful.

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Yes--I'm thinking about an 823 as well! I wish it were possible to get the stub nib on it. But I would probably go for the B since the stub is not an option...

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May I ask which nibs do you have on the 823? One is the custom stub you mentioned, do you have an M nib as well? I'm thinking of purchasing an 823, your feedback would be helpful.

 

One in <F>

 

One in <B> but stubbed DIY

 

I wanted the ink capacity of the 823 , but they didn't have the <SU> nib.

 

So I finally decided to buy the 743 to get the <SU> nib.

 

Now I can swap the nibs whenever the need arises.

 

The 743 is CC , so less in ink capacity , but easier to wash n rinse.

It's more than sufficient if you don't need a large ink reservoir.

 

My decision making is weighted towards getting the 'right' nibs.

The rest (like ink capacity, etc) come second.

 

 

Yes--I'm thinking about an 823 as well! I wish it were possible to get the stub nib on it. But I would probably go for the B since the stub is not an option...

I thought that way too when I decided on the 823.

But after my DIY Stub,

I decided to buy the <SU> nib only offered on the 743.

 

I have no regrets at all.

 

The thing that made me decide to buy the <SU> nib was the craftsmanship and the design quality of the nib and feed when I was fiddling with it disassembled etc.

The design and quality shines thru,

And I was impressed. !

 

You can search reviews and comments on this 823 and 743.

Lost of positive comments here.

 

One known problem on the 823 is its susceptibility to crack at the nib section.

PILOT should improve this part.

 

Other than that , the size 15 nibs are awesome !

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May I ask which nibs do you have on the 823? One is the custom stub you mentioned, do you have an M nib as well? I'm thinking of purchasing an 823, your feedback would be helpful.

 

 

I have a 823 in M. Recommend it without hesitation. It writes a wet line probably on par with a steel pelikan M nib, finer than a Lamy Steel M nib.

 

I think the M is a great everyday nib. On the wetter side though. Be careful though, Pilot fine nibs run a lot finer.

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I have a 823 in M. Recommend it without hesitation. It writes a wet line probably on par with a steel pelikan M nib, finer than a Lamy Steel M nib.

 

I think the M is a great everyday nib. On the wetter side though. Be careful though, Pilot fine nibs run a lot finer.

:thumbup:

Thanks!

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I have a 823 in M. Recommend it without hesitation. It writes a wet line probably on par with a steel pelikan M nib, finer than a Lamy Steel M nib.

 

I think the M is a great everyday nib. On the wetter side though. Be careful though, Pilot fine nibs run a lot finer.

 

My 823 fine point is the wettest Japanese fine point I have. I think you have to take into account the larger nib and feed.

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