|Item Weight||0.64 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||14.7 x 137 x 14.7 inches|
|Item model number||FKVH-1MR-BFM|
|Material Type||Cap : resin, Body : resin, nib : 14K (#5)|
|Number of Items||1|
|Point Type||Fine Medium point|
|Manufacturer Part Number||FKVH-1MR-BFM|
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Pilot Fountain Pen Custom Heritage 91, FM-Nib, Black Body (FKVH-1MR-BFM)
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Fine fountain pen from Japanese Stationary Brand Pilot (Namiki), Custom series. Pilot Fountain Pen Custom Heritage 91, FM-Nib, Black Body
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In comparison to some other soft fine nibs:
The Pilot Falcon (Elabo) has a very distinctive soft fine nib. I'd describe it as slightly softer, with slightly more line variation, but not a whole lot more on either count. You may not even notice the difference on a given pen. The resin Falcon does not accept the Con-70 - the barrel is slightly narrower, and simply won't accommodate it, though the overall dimensions otherwise are nearly the same. The Falcon is slightly lighter, in part because of the smaller converter and diminished ink capacity. Unless you just have to have the slight gain in softness and line variation, I'd recommend the 91/74 over the Falcon because the gray market price for the latter pens is significantly cheaper. The difference is there, but it's not a whole lot. It should also be noted that the Falcon comes in a variety of nib widths that are soft - the EF will get you a little more dramatic variation, though it won't be as smooth.
The Platinum Century 3776. This is slightly stiffer in soft fine than than Pilots. It also has more feedback - it isn't scratchy, and some people prefer the feedback - just be aware it's the. The line variation is similar to the 91/74, but I feel less comfortable pushing it as far. There's a more pronounced step between the section and the barrel with the Platinum, and the barrel is shorter, enough so that I prefer to use it posted, where with the Pilots I can go either way. The nib is larger, the center band wider, the clip thicker
For a great price this pen offers...
- An awesome case
- A soft gold nib (with rodium plating)
- A nice modern design that is not too "bing, bling"
- A nice, light, and balanced body (even when posted)
- One of the largest ink capacity converters in the market.(Con-70, can hold up about 1 ml. You must purchase it separately.)
- Again... a GREAT price!
- Smooth yet dirt-dry reverse writing
- My be too light for some people.
- Some may not like the fine up strokes (I do, it offers line variation)
- The sticker is not always in the center... luckily mine is.
- Excluding the Con-70 it is compatible with the Con-50.
- Pen does not come with a converter, but the box has a single ink cartridge.
- Weight: 0.6 Ounces (To compare, the Tachikawa pen holder weights 0.3 Ounces)
- See writing example pics!
It is a plastic body, but it's s super high quality plastic polished crazy fine, so it really doesn't have a cheap feeling to it. I do like the custom 74's body a bit more (the nibs are the same) but that's a subjective thing - the materials and relative sizes are identical.
Shipping to me was relatively slow, 4-5 weeks, but that's what we suffer when you want free shipping and more than 50% off the US price.
Technically, this pen does NOT qualify for warranty service from pilot USA, which means that it's a good thing that pilot's quality control is outstanding.
The pen writes nicely posted or unposted, the grip section is a nice medium size round section, the threads aren't sharp, you can hold it any way you like.
As for cartridges, you can fit the con20 (squeeze type aerometric) con40 (not advised, a cheap "change" from the con50) the soon to be discontinued Con50 (better than the 20 or 40, but not a ton of ink capacity and is being discontinued) or, the proper one, the con70 vacuum pump converter (holds a ton of ink, fun to use, easy to clean if you have an ink syringe) which I bought for it. Pilot proprietary cartridges fit, but you're nuts if you think a pen this expensive is worth using basic colors with.
The nib in my case is the Soft Fine, and it's magnificent. Medium-wet writing, will railroad if it's pushed to B or BB after you've been writing for a while (thusfar it has only railroaded with sailor jentle souten, which is a fairly dry writing ink with heavy sheen, and only when I'm writing a lot and then push it. Freshly uncapped it will put down a LOT of ink for quite a while) but being a japanese fine, it goes from a western extra fine (or finer) to a western B or BB with modest pressure. Make no mistake, this is not a flex pen, not even a "modern" flex pen like a pilot falcon or FA nib, but it's VERY soft and springy with excellent snap back, and just gives your writing a very expressive feel, and the softness really eases fatigue. This pen does magical things with heavy sheening and shading inks, from noodlers apache sunset to (basically every) sailor jentle, to pilot's own iroshizuku.
Feedback on the nib is there, but in my absolute favorite way. I hate scratchy nibs, and I hate glassy nibs. My favorite steel nib is by far the faber castell loom, and this is right up there with my favorite gold nibs (vintage pens and a custom made TWSBI Vac700R gold semi flex nib)
There is NO scratchiness to this pen, but doesn't just slip across the paper. The best simile I can conjure is that it's like a sports car versus a luxury car. The luxury car (a smooth nib) just glides over the road, whereas a sports car (a pen well tuned for feedback) lets you feel the details and the dynamics of the road surface. You know exactly what you're writing on, the textured feel of copy paper to the smoothness or tomoe river. It's the perfect balance of smoothness and feedback to be a great everyday pen.
I haven't tried leaving it capped to test for drying out, but my custom 74 (a basically identical pen) music nib has no hard start or false start after sitting.
No skipping or false starting.
If you are more a fan of medium nibs, the soft medium is there, though the ability to create line variation is reduced. For something in between, the SFM is there too. I tend to write small with more flourishes, so the fine is ideal for me.
This is hands down one of the best pens for the money. No steel nib feels like this nib in softness and spring, though the faber castell loom nib has it tied in perfect feedback. If you want a first gold nibbed pen, a SF, SFM, or SM Is a perfect first everyday user. I kind of regretted buying the music nib, which while cool, is less practical in my daily note taking, and this thing is darn near as good as my TWSBI vac700R with a custom $150 semiflex gold nib.
Long story short, the 74/91 are mandatory pens at this price, and if you like line variation, just get a soft version (I really don't see the reason why you'd get any of the other nibs that aren't broad)