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Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pen Review

Product Review of the Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pens

The Pilot Custom 74 fountain pen comes with a translucent body and cap. There are several color options from clear, to smoke grey or brighter colors like blue, purple or orange. Each color has the same smoke color on the grip section of the pen as well as the tip of the cap and each Pilot Custom 74 comes with the same chrome color accents. I opted for the blue color because it was my favorite. Not only did I like the color and transparent look of the pen design but I like how it allows you to view the ink level within the pen very easily.

pilot custom 74 fountain pen review

The pen comes in a small cardboard box with a clear window on the top of the lid. Nothing fancy but I prefer to pay for the pen rather than the packaging. If you are looking for a pen with a nice box to store or present it with, this is not the pen.

pilot custom 74 fountain pen review nibThe Pilot Custom 74 fountain pen offers a 14k gold nib that is chrome colored to match the clip and rings on the pen. I like finer nibs on my fountain pens and so I opted for a medium nib on the Pilot Custom 74. Because it is a Japanese pen the nib size is finer and is close to a medium Western nib. The pen writes super smooth an lays down a nice line of ink and the ink flow is consistent and generous.

pilot custom 74 fountain pen review capThe Pilot Custom 74 fountain pen is a cartridge/converter style fountain pen and comes with the Pilot CON70 ink converter included. The Pilot CON70 converter fills by repeatedly pressing the button on the top while the nib is submersed in the ink bottle. Because the converter body is clear it allows the ink levels to be seen. The converter also has chrome accents consistent with the pen.

The pen is a nice size and well balanced. I like the way the pen feels in my hand as I write. It feels well constructed and good quality. I am confident that it is a durable pen and is made to last. Great overall pen.

Pros of the Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pen
  • 14k gold nib
  • Transparent demonstrator body for ink viewing

Cons of the Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pen
  • Packaging

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Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pen Review Conclusion

The Pilot Custom 74 fountain pen should definitely be in the running if you are looking for a great mid price fountain pen! The pen not only looks great but performs well. The Pilot Custom 74 fountain pen is durable and built to last. One of my favorite go to pens. A must have!

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Specs of the Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pens

Length: 5.500 in.
Posted Length: 6.250 in.
Diameter: 0.500 in.
Weight: 0.800 oz.
Body/Trim: Resin/Rhodium
FillType: Cartridge/Converter



Pilot Custom 74 Reviews from our Customers

See what our customers have to say about the Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pens. Don't just take our word for it, read actual customer reviews of the product and see what they think.
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I like writing checks with a fountain pen, but recently my financial institutions have started coating the checks with some sort of sizing that results in major feathering. I assume it has some anti-forgery purpose. Even a fine point (Visconti) resulted in blobbing bad enough zeroes and eights were similar. This pen with an EF nib really is EF. Works great on the checks, also other places I need to write small. The cost is that it doesn't write as smoothly as the Visconti, a little scratchy. I wouldn't use it for a long handwritten letter unless the paper called for it. It feels light unless posted, but it's important not to have a heavy hand. And it took three tries to fill the piston converter in a way that didn't leak afterward, probably my bad.

Looks beautiful. Web picture doesn't do the blue color justice.

Berkeley, CA
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I have to rate this pen as a "perfect." Pilot make such great pens, and the Custom 74 is no exception. I purchased the violet, and filled it with J. Herbin Violet, and it's a great match. The fine gold nib delivers the line width I like best (Japanese fine, not too wet), and it's a smooth ride with very little feedback (at least in a Leuchtturm 1917 journal). I don't seat the cap when I write, so it's a good weight in my hand — not heavy, easy to control, and the length comfortably fits my slightly larger than average woman's hand. The ink doesn't seem to dry out when capped. I liked my Custom 74 medium, but this fine is everything I could ask for in a fountain pen.

Massena, NY
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Beautiful purple body, great converter, but the broad nib is still not suiting me after a few months of use. It doesn't seem to write evenly or consistently and I've had to try a few gentle things but I'm not a big meister! After some gentle pressure on downstrokes and some figure eights on brown paper it seems a little better but has not become a favorite writer. In its defense it does write very well on regular paper, but seems to do less well in very smooth paper (Tomoe River paper for example).

Mitchelton, QLD
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As great as usual! Great nib, great finishing. The color is subtle!

Dallas, TX
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First, the price was excellent. The pen comes with a CON-70 converter that holds plenty of ink. I have the medium nib and it glides on paper, no hard starts. The style is great and it is a wonderful first gold nib pen.

ORLAND PARK, IL
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Love the fine nib. Super smooth and the con 70 holds alot of ink.

Maspeth, NY
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I love Pilot pens, and this one did not disappoint. The nib is so very smooth - one of my very smoothest-writing nibs. I chose the violet color and it is a lovely dusty violet. This is my first Pilot pen with this style of converter and I like it very much. Overall, one of my favorite pens.

Stillwater, OK
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This is my second Custom 74 with just a different nib size and colour. I love this pen over all the other favourites like the 92 and 823. Has a wonderful gold nib and is really value for money. The blue is gorgeous and I am really happy with the smooth writing and the Con 70 converter. I have a lot of pens and this is one of the best of them all.

Geraldine, South Canterbury
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I love this pen. Writes smoothly, flawlessly, and looks great right out of the box. Pilot has yet to disappoint me, no matter the price range. The included CON-70 is an interesting converter, and I was able to get a nice, full fill with it using the Pineider Pen Filler inkwell.

Madison, AL
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A gorgeous feeling since the moment I filled with my favourite ink. Smooth writer.

Madrid, Madrid
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