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Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pen

Pilot Custom 74

The Pilot Custom 74 is a popular “upgrade” pen. If you are looking for your first gold nib fountain pen or a super-reliable, no-nonsense pen under $150 (or under $100 if you import it from Japan) then the Custom 74 is one of the top options.

The Custom 74 is a cartridge converter pen that can use the proprietary Pilot/Namiki cartridges of a Pilot converter. The pen ships with a Pilot Con-70 high-capacity push converter.

Choosing Your Custom 74

The Custom 74 is sold in a range of color options, but the most popular are Black, Deep Red, Orange, Blue, Clear (Demonstrator), and Violet.

It’s sold in a number of nib sizes and variations, some of which will not be super easy to understand, like the “soft fine medium” nib. The standard nibs (fine, medium, etc.) have limited flex and are great for day to day writing. The soft nibs have more flex under pressure and are generally a bit wetter. They have more character than the normal nibs, but can come at a slight price premium and generally aren’t as good as note-taking and other basic writing tasks.

Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pen Information

Street Price Check Price
Manufacturer Pilot
Pen Type Fountain Pen | Cartridge/Converter
Barrel Color Black, Purple, Burgundy, Orange, Blue, Clear, Smoke, Dark Blue, Violet
Barrel Material Plastic
Body Diameter (mm)14.6 mm
Grip Color Black, Purple, Burgundy, Orange, Blue, Clear, Smoke, Dark Blue, Violet
Grip Material Plastic
Grip Diameter (mm)10.5 mm
Country of Origin Japan
MSRP $105
Still Sold Yes
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Capped? Retractable?Capped - Screw On
Length Capped / Retracted (cm)14.2
Length Posted (cm)15.8 cm
Length Uncapped (cm)12.5 cm
Weight (g)18 grams
Ink Color ShippedBlack, Blue
Nib MaterialGold, 14k Gold (Rhodium-Plated)
Nib ColorGold, Silver 14k Gold (Rhodium-Plated)
Nib SizesExtra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad, Double Broad, Flex, Fine Medium, Soft Fine Medium, Soft Fine, Soft Medium