2017-02-11

Pilot Custom Urushi (2016)

Pilot Custom Urushi is the new model introduced in 2016 by the Pilot. the initial impression is "big", bigger, thicker, longer and more expensive, as compared with their old flagship model Custom 845. you could consider it as an enlarged version, however there are a few improvements over the Custom 845, as least to me myself. the section mold line has polished off, the felt cushion around the interior of the cap edge is also removed and there is no golden USUSHI mark on the back of the cap.

capped length is 155mm


the newly developed #30 nib is quite soft, have a choice of FM, M and B.


filled with con-70 or cartridges


Custom 845 and Custom Urushi


Custom 845 and Custom Urushi


size comparison of Custom 845, Montblanc 149 and Custom Urushi


the #30 nib has comparable size with the Montblanc 149 nib, and the #15 nib on the left is for size reference.


updated 20170310
added a comparison of the uncapped Custom 845, Custom Urushi, and Montblanc 149,


more info:
current Pilot Custom series
Pilot Nibs

2017-01-29

Pilot/Namiki Nibs

the following photo shows the size of different current Pilot/Namiki nibs,



here is a old photo without the #30 nib



SizeWeight
3 0.38g
5 0.53g
10 0.62g
15 0.70g
20 0.78g
50 2.03g

Namiki #20 nib is the same size as Pilot #15, but with different shape and
feed. Namiki nibs usually carry the PP-F hallmark as follows,



Most Pilot/Namiki nibs have date code stamped in the format of "XMMYY", "XMYY", "MMYY" or "MYY"

X is a alphabet, e.g. "A", "B", "a", "b", "H", "T" ...
"H" was the Hiratsuka factory 平塚工場, and "T", Tokyo factory 志村工場 (opened Dec 1935, renamed to Tokyo factory May 1966, moved Nov 1978), was closed for some time. these two alphabets are no longer use today. "A" and "B" mark the different welding machines in the Hiratsuka factory.

MM or M is single or double digit denotes the month.

YY is the year, e.g. 09 is 2009.

some older nibs would also has the old JIS mark.

more info:
Bruno Taut: Datation of Japanese Pens. II. Pilot Nibs
Bruno Taut: Datation of Japanese Pens. III. Pilot’s Pen Bodies
http://taka215.blog63.fc2.com/blog-entry-65.html,
http://www.lionandpen.com/Dutcher/JIS.html

since 2010, the first alphabet is omitted.



from the catalog of Namiki, there are several varieties of Namiki nibs,
Two tone 18k #50: for Emperor collection and Chinkin collection (large size)
Two tone 18k #20: for Yukari Royale collection and Chinkin collection (medium size)
Two tone 18k #10: for Yukari collection
Single tone 18k #50: for Urushi collection (large size)
Single tone 18k #20: for Urushi collection (medium size)
Single tone 14k #10: for Nippon Art collection (FN-5M)
Single tone 14k #5: for Nippon Art collection (FN-35SM)


2017-01-21

Pilot Custom



we have a new member for the Pilot Custom family, the Custom Urushi with #30 nib,

from the left, Custom Urushi, 845, 823, 743, 742, 74, 912, 91 and 92






the higher end models have thicker bands and trims.

the nibs:
modelgoldsizecolorEFFSFFMSFMMSMBBBCMSPOFAWASU
Urushi18k30two tone

Y

Y
Y





84518k15two tone
Y


Y
YY





82314k15single tone
Y


Y
Y






74314k15single toneYYYYYYYYYY
YYYY
74214k10single toneYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
7414k5single toneYYYYYYYYYYY



91214k10single tone rhodium platedYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
9114k5single tone rhodium platedYYYYYYYYY



9214k5single tone rhodium platedYY
Y
Y











all can use the CON-70 converter except 823 and 92.

the dimensions are as follows
Modellength (mm)pen length (mm)diameter (mm)weight (g)pen weight (g)
with CON-70 except 823 and 92
Urushi155.0140.220.042.9424.91
845146.3132.215.928.3116.75
823148.4131.215.728.6818.87
743148.0131.615.725.5115.77
742145.8127.915.723.7414.82
74143.1125.614.721.2213.26
912140.5125.115.724.2815.33
91137.9122.814.721.2913.26
92136.8122.214.719.9511.99

the diameter are measured at the pen cap band.

Comparison of the feeds for the #30, #15, #10 and #5 nibs,

2017-01-01

Montblanc Lucky Orange Ink (2017)

Montblanc Lucky Orange Ink (2017)
Ident Nr 114960
Volume: 30ml
Production: Austria



Blog Archive