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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
Great pen, and great service from Pen Chalet. I will pair this pen with my passport sized travel-notebook.
Yanis
Wheeling, IL
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Vanishing Point Collection
my first grail pen... heavier than i expected but feels serious and solid.
fast delivery - excellent service!
Steven
New York, NY
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Vanishing Point Collection
very goold
hao
New Castle, DE
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Vanishing Point Collection
The best ballpoint I have ever used. Well made, smooth writing, and a nice looking pen.
Joe
Sugar Land, TX
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Vanishing Point Collection
The pilot vanishing point was my first moderately priced pen that exceeded my expectations. It's easy to place the pilot vanishing point in your pocket and have access to it within seconds. The pilot vanishing point is an extremely smooth writer.
Brian
Port Murray, NJ
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Stanza Collection
Very nice looking, classic pen design. Love how it writes and feels in the hand.
Yanis
Wheeling, IL
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MR Metropolitan
There is no pen available at this low price point and performing this well, bringing this much writing pleasure! Now I understand all those rave reviews I have been reading about this pen!
Howard
Saint Petersburg, FL
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MR Metropolitan
This pen is an outstanding pen. Do NOT judge it by its price! It writes smoothly, doesn't skip and it fits nicely in my hand. I am thoroughly enjoying this pen!!
David
Lincoln, NE
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Custom 74
Wonderful decision to buy this pen. Beautiful amber color and the nib so smooth. Have Monteverde Topaz ink in it which completes the whole experience. Fast shipping from Pen Chalet to New Zealand. Impressive.
Barbara Hunt
Geraldine, South Canterbury
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Ageless Present Collection
Excellent fit to write with, very functional and I like th style.
William
Corinth, TX
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Vanishing Point Collection
I love my vp. It is an immediate daily carry. Super smooth. I got the medium and it turned out to be a bit more like a western medium than a Japanese, but that's fine, because I like broader nibs. However, I dropped it ONE TIME, from less than three feet and put a hole in the white finish to show the black underneath. Not a huge problem, and certainly a user error over anything pilot did, but I was expecting a bit more durability. Overall though love the pen and would recommend it for sure. Don't worry about where the clip is, your hand will naturally find what's comfortable! It is a fantastic pen, and if I were the type to have multiples in my collection then the vp would be a top candidate for that.
Will
Lubbock, TX
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Vanishing Point
Great price, prompt service. Pen Chalet is becoming my GO TO PLACE! -- Scott
Donald
Niceville, FL
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Prera Collection
Product was exactly a described.
Patti
Columbia, SC
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Vanishing Point Collection
I LOVE Vanishing Point fountain pens. I have to admit, I used to be of the mindset that fountain pens are not writing instruments to be "clicked" for use like ballpoints, but repeatedly capping and uncapping a regular fountain pen in my office and in my classroom made me rethink that approach. The Pilot Vanishing Point and Fermo fountain pens are both attractive and supremely functional. Their convenience is terrific, backed by the quality of the pen and (what I find to be) it's attractive aesthetics. The nibs run a bit on the fine side - as I prefer a medium point, a broad nib on Pilot pens feels perfect to me. The nibs have always been reliably smooth and a joy to write with. The position of the clip at the writing end might be a drawback for some, but despite my completely incorrect pen grip, it is still very comfortable for me. I now have a Vanishing Point or Fermo as part of my everyday carry at all times. I'm hooked!
Susan
Bothell, WA
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CON-50 Twist
I got this because a review of the Pilot Metropolitan suggested it. This is my first pen and first time putting ink in a pen. Having nothing to compare it to, all I can say is that it was super easy and makes me feel all fountain pen fancy.
Barbara
Saint Paul, MN
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MR Metropolitan
This was my first ever fountain pen (well, except for a cheap one from a drugstore 15 years ago). This pen is, as some have said, an excellent starter pen, at least for me. Even though it is only $15 it feels so fancy and well-made. I couldn't be happier. I really have nothing to compare it with (there is NO comparison between this and a drugstore pen), but if you are new to fountain pens and don't want a large investment, this is definitely a good choice. I got the turquoise Retro Pop and it is so pretty. I just love it.
Barbara
Saint Paul, MN
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Vanishing Point Collection
What a beautiful pen. I love the vanishing point pens. This is my fourth pen and is my go to pen for work. Glossy black with gold accents makes it really stand out. I received a fine and it flows just a tad more wet than my others but consistent and smooth. Thank you Pen Chalet for offering this pen at a great price.
delban
San Jacinto, CA
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Ageless Present Collection
Cool Pen! Writes well!
Greg
Mobile, AL
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BLGS-7 Gel Ink
A family christmas gift that just keeps on giving!! thanks
Mary
Etna, CA
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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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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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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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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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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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Capless Decimo
Great fountain pen, nicely balanced, good for short or long writing sessions.
Allison
Toronto, Ontario
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