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Pilot Pens

About Pilot

Country: Japan

Pilot pens is a Japanese pen company with almost 100 years of experience in perfecting a combination of exquisite Japanese craftsmanship and beauty, with superior precision nibs and ink. They are committed to providing their customers with an exceptional product, every time. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned pen collector, your Pilot pen is sure to become one of your favorite writing instruments.

Most Pilot pens come with a 1 to 3 year warranty. Warranty information is included with each Pilot pen. For details on a specific Pilot pen fee free to ask.

3 Year Warranty: Sterling, Falcon, Fermo, Vanishing Point
1 Year Warranty: Custom 823, Custom 74, Stanza, Agless, Prera, Knight, Axiom

Pen Chalet is an Authorized Dealer of Pilot pens and writing instruments.

Pilot Reviews

Ageless Present Collection
Buy this pen! Smooth action with a smooth writing refill.
Stylish and fun to use.
I applaud Pilot's totally unique engineering design for this model.
Mark
Phoenix, AZ
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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Vanishing Point Collection
A wonderful pen. I purchased one in black and white and one in matte blue. They are both extra fine because I gave one to my buddy at work. The extra fine is slightly scratchy but mostly smooth. I expected some scratchiness from an extra fine, of course. I'd recommend the Vanishing Point pens as they are a joy to use and a great value from Pen Chalet!
Raymond
Bloomington, IN
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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Custom 823 Collection
One Happy Writer Here

I am now in my second life with fountain pens. I used them and enjoyed them in grad school in the 90's, but for some reason left the path. I started using and enjoying fountain pens again only a few months ago.

Soon after I re-immersed myself in the world of fountain pens, I identified the mighty Pilot Custom 823 as my grail pen, the one pen to rule them all. About that time, though, the Pilot Custom 823 became essentially unavailable across North America, at least with fine or medium nibs.

Pen Chalet's site *seemed* to have them in stock, so I placed an order. After a few days, I called Pen Chalet to find out what the situation was. Ron was extremely helpful: he told me that no, his store didn't have them in stock at the moment, but he would find out what was happening. He called Pilot North America and found out that the pen had sold out across the country during the holiday season, but there was no serious long-term supply issue. And, he was able to get an 823 for me in just a few days after that, while I'm still seeing it sold out on other sites weeks later.

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As for the pen itself, it is everything I hoped it would be. There are a number of good reviews of the Custom 823 on the Web (especially Matt's from The Pen Habit), so I'll just hit the highlights here. The nib is magic: smooth and springy with just a hint of welcome feedback. The reservoir capacity is terrific: I can go through a CON-50 converter in a day; the 3 ml in the Pilot Custom 823 can last close to a week. Filling the pen is super easy, and it's a fun, tactile activity. I love knowing how much ink I have left, and it's fun to watch the ink sploosh around in the reservoir. The resin the pen body is made from is so smooth and high quality... with the tactile qualities of the resin and the weight of the pen it feels more like it's made of glass than of plastic.

To mention one possible nitpick -- just so it will be apparent I am not unreflectively gushing about my pen -- you could say that the 823 is slightly unbalanced, top- or back-heavy, when posted: until now, I have never been inclined to write with a pen unposted, but I definitely prefer writing with the 823 unposted. Without the cap, the pen is perfectly comfortable and balanced.
Brad
Dahlonega , GA
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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MR Metropolitan
Good value for the money. The Pilot Metropolitan is well balanced and writes well. Would have preferred a better converter, but since most pens don't ship with a converter, can't complain.
Kerry
GAINESVILLE, FL
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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style rating 2.5 out of 5
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CON-20
Works great in Kaweco. I use them in Kawecos into which I have put stub nibs from Plumix pens.
Alan D
Asheville, NC
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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style rating 2.5 out of 5
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Capless Decimo
Great fountain pen, nicely balanced, good for short or long writing sessions.
Allison
Toronto, Ontario
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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Custom 74
The Pilot Custom 74 is a great fountain pen that feels comfortable in the hand and lays down a nice line.
Charles
Decatur, AL
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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style rating 2.5 out of 5
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Ageless Present Collection
The Pilot Ageless is a really fun little pen! Great to carry in your pocket and fun to twist to open. Just a little different for a nice change up!
Connie
Osage Beach, MO
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overall rating 2 out of 5
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quality rating 2 out of 5
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function rating 2 out of 5
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style rating 2 out of 5
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value rating 2 out of 5
Custom 912
This is my first ever Pilot pen (I am mostly a Pelikan, Montblanc, Waterman and Parker person for 40 years) but this is a great pen! I wanted something different so I opted for a Waverly nib and it is a beautiful thing! You're going to want one of these!!!
Connie
Norman, OK
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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Vanishing Point
This review is for the fine point rhodium-plated gold nib. I had purchased a VP that only came with a medium nib. I liked the medium nib, but the notebooks I have to use at work required a pen that isn't quite so wet. Purchased this to use, and it writes great and is compatible with the notebooks I mentioned. It's now what I use at work on a daily basis.
Byron
Walnut, CA
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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MR Metropolitan
One of my favorite pens. It writes so smooth I'm always thinking of reasons to use it!
Theresa
Tucson, AZ
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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MR Metropolitan
Purchased this for our grandson for Christmas and he was very pleased. The quality was excellent and we were extremely pleased with the way our order was handled. The customer service was excellent and I would recommend anyone needing pens, inks this is the place to get it all. 5 Star company and people.
Gary
Julian, PA
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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MR Metropolitan
This is a very nice pen. It writes very easily and smooth. Don't let the cost discourage you.
David
Lincoln, NE
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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MR Metropolitan
Just inked this up today with the included cartridge, writes well, I love the fine nib. Feels light in the hand, I like the design.
Andrew
Saint Albans, VT
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2 out of 5
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function rating 2 out of 5
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style rating 2 out of 5
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CON-50 Twist
I own several Pilot Metropolitans and Plumix pens. The Metros come with another type of converter which works well, but I wanted to try this converter. I'm very pleased with it, as the ink volume is visible. I also like the little shaker thing inside especially when using the Diamine shimmer inks. I will probably order another of these.
June K
Newnan, GA
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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style rating 2.5 out of 5
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Vanishing Point
I prefer black nibs for distraction free writing so I got an Extra Fine black nib to use in a chrome trimmed VP. It writes the same as the original rhodium nib and looks better. I wish replacement nibs came with protective caps for safe keeping when not in use.
Jennifer
Londonderry, NH
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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style rating 2.5 out of 5
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Vanishing Point Collection
I love the convenience of a fountain pen that only takes one hand to use. I got the Matte Blue so the matte trim and black nib will let me concentrate on my writing without the shiny reflections and glare that chrome trim and gold and rhodium nibs cause. This is my third VP and I love them all. I prefer the CON-20 converter, even though the included CON-40 is performing fine. The CON-20 holds more ink. The Vanishing Point and Decimo are the best pens in the world.
Jennifer
Londonderry, NH
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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Stanza Collection
Like the pen a lot. Even more than the vanishing point I purchased seemed like a lot better value. only thing I didn't like it came with blue ink.
Danny
Brownsville, TX
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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MR Metropolitan
Just received my new Pilot metro and it is beautiful!!!! Just starting out and it was the perfect fp for me.
ann
hudson, MA
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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function rating 2.5 out of 5
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IC-100(12pk) Cartridge
The Namiki inks cartridges always start and flow. Utterly reliable. They are obviusly proprietary.
Alan D
Asheville, NC
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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Vanishing Point Collection
This is my first gold nib pen. It's a little heavier than I had anticipated, but it's still comfortable to write with. the placement of the clip doesn't bother me at all and I barely notice it when I'm writing.
Julia
Los Angeles, CA
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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Vanishing Point Collection
A unique pen, with a long history, from a company that makes so many interesting products. And Pen Chalet makes it a great value. Thanks
Robb
CHANHASSEN, MN
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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Custom 823 Collection
After extensive research, I determined the Custom 823 would be perfect for me. I planned to use it near exclusively for journaling (although I like it so much I’ve been trying to find an excuse to use it whenever else).

Pros include a demonstrator body that allows you to see the ink level; huge ink capacity especially when filled to the brim; luscious nib that writes smooth wet lines; gorgeous appearance; good weight (I use it unposted) how it fits the hand perfectly.

I initially opted for a fine point since my writing is small. Unfortunately, both pens I received had a hint too much of scratchiness and I found it unpleasant edging on irritating. This was probably the exception rather than the norm given other reviews declaring the fine nib sensationally smooth, and the reputation of Pilot nibs to be glassy smooth. Pen Chalet has been absolutely outstanding in addressing my concerns, and ultimately after many phone conversations, we decided a medium nib might perform more to my liking.

Since receiving the pen I’ve been writing with it every day, and the medium was a completely different experience, more akin to what I expected. These days I get giddy excited come time to refill the barrel. Now you can’t say that for all fountain pens!
Kevin
San Francisco, CA
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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quality rating 2.5 out of 5
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Vanishing Point Collection
Excellent pen. Excellent service. Competitive, if not better, price.
Bruce
Boca Raton, FL
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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Vanishing Point Collection
Superb, superb beautiful!!
And the staff of PenChalet (Ron) is very patient and helpful to deal with my order!!
Love this pen very much and will recommend Pen Chalet to my friends!! :)
Pui Yee
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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overall rating 2.5 out of 5
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