The Pilot 78G+ is a Chinese-market, classic-shaped fountain pen with a steel nib. It’s the direct replacement for the Pilot 78G.
Pilot 78G vs. 78G+
The Pilot 78G+ is essentially the same pen as the 78G, but has a few small differences.
- The 78G+ is sold in an EF nib, where the 78G was not
- The 78G+ includes Pilot’s CON-40 converter, not a squeeze converter
- The 78G+ is sold as a clear demonstrator and a new shade of blue, neither of which were options with the 78G
The 78G+, like the 78G before it, fills in interesting spot in Pilot’s line-up. It’s an entry-level pen, like the Metropolitan and Kakuno, but it has very classic styling. The old school style resembles that of a much older style fountain pen, as does the shape and use of a gold-colored nib alongside printed gold highlights on the pen’s body. The 78G/78G+ also has a screw-on cap, unlike the Pilot Metro or the newer Explorer.
Country of Origin
There has been some debate about where the 78G+ is made: in China or Japan. The box of the pen does not say specifically and the nib seems to be Pilot’s Japanese steel nib, but there is much conjecture online about the pen having been made in China. The build quality of the pen does seem comparable to that of the 78G, which is one thing people have been speculating about since its launch.
Pilot 78G+ Fountain Pen Information
|Street Price||Check Price|
|Pen Type||Fountain Pen | Cartridge/Converter|
|Barrel Color||Black, Clear, Blue, Green, Red|
|Grip Color||Black, Clear, Blue, Green, Red|
|Country of Origin||Japan|
|Capped? Retractable?||Capped - Screw-on|
|Length Capped / Retracted (cm)||13.4|
|Length Posted (cm)||15.0|
|Length Uncapped (cm)||12.1|
|Nib Sizes||Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad|