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A few months ago I received a free, second hand Pilot Custom 823.  

The nib was very poor.  I managed to improve the nib so that it I could write with it.  But despite my best efforts, it still wasn't brilliant.

I happened to have a spare Jinhao nib lying around from a Jinhao X750, and the rusty cogs in my brain started to turn.  The Jinhao nib was too long, so I took a hacksaw to it and removed about 2mm or thereabouts of metal.  I filed it to make it smooth and managed to successfully insert it into the Pilot.

And lo and behold it actually works.  I surprise myself sometimes.  
Ok its not going to exceed the performance of a Jinhao nib just because it now sits in a Pilot, but it is much better than the much abused Pilot nib I removed from it.

 

This beautiful pen (albeit with the wrong colour nib) now writes.  I can use it as much as I want.  I'm very happy and I don't care.

 

:)

 

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A Jinhao steel nib writes better than a Pilot gold nib. First time I hear something like that.

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5 hours ago, mke said:

A Jinhao steel nib writes better than a Pilot gold nib. First time I hear something like that.

The Pilot was in poor condition when I had it.
I've never tried a brand new Pilot gold nib.  But I suspect they are quite good.

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Further to my previous post.  

The sawn off Jinhao nib has been returned to the Jinhao that it came from.

My Pilot Custom 823 is now sporting a sawn off Bock nib.

It was a bit more tricky to fit.  But its in, and it is writing better than the Jinhao nib.

So I am even happier than before.

 

If I keep this up, I might need to invest in a Dremmel.  I doubt they use big hacksaws in the Pilot nib factory.

 

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On 1/22/2024 at 11:04 PM, Lugworm said:

The Jinhao nib was too long, so I took a hacksaw to it and removed about 2mm or thereabouts of metal.  I filed it to make it smooth and managed to successfully insert it into the Pilot.

 

On 2/13/2024 at 12:15 AM, Lugworm said:

My Pilot Custom 823 is now sporting a sawn off Bock nib.

now, hold on, how can you tease us with such interesting tinkering with just wording but without showing us any delicious pictures?

Pictures please ~~

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Delicious pictures are a bit beyond me at the moment.  This is the best I can do.

 

I have put the Jinhao back in.  I found the Bock to be too broad.  One day I may buy a Bock fine or extra fine and take the hacksaw to that.

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