The Pilot Custom 74 is a pen I've had on my radar for some time. I first became acquainted with this pen while skimming through The Pen Addict's Top 5 Pens list. At the time, my only experience with Pilot fountain pens were the Vanishing Point and the Metropolitan - both excellent writers. I was fond of the 18k gold nib on the Vanishing Point, so I decided to give the Custom 74 a try when I saw it on Goulet Pens.
Material: Resin Nib: 14k Gold Appointments: Rhodium plated Filling System: Cartridge/Converter CON-70 Length (Capped): 143mm Length (Uncapped): 125mm Length (Posted): 155mm Section Diameter: 9.8mm Barrel Max Diameter: 11.6mm Cap Max Diameter: 14mm Weight, Uncapped: 14g Weight, Capped: 22g
The Pilot Custom 74 is well packaged; however, aesthetically the packaging can leave much to be desired. The pen is received in a black box with the Pilot logo printed on top. Inside this box is a case with a clear plastic display window. For the price tag, I expected a more luxurious presentation. Inside the case, you'll find the Pilot Custom 74, CON-70 converter, ink cartridge, and user guide.
The Pilot Custom 74 is absolutely gorgeous! The pen comes in 5 colors to suit your personal taste: blue, orange, purple, smoke, and a clear demonstrator. I chose the blue model because it was my favorite. Each color option has the same smoke colored grip and end tips. The Custom 74 has a beautiful rhodium-plated 14k gold nib to match the clip and rings. The entirely transparent barrel allows you to view the ink level within the included CON-70 converter. I like that the silver on the CON-70 converter can be seen through the barrel which provides a touch of elegance. Filling the CON-70 converter is simple. To fill, repeatedly press the button on the top of the converter while the nib is immersed in ink.
At 22g, the Pilot Custom 74 is well balanced and sits comfortably in the hand. With its rhodium-plated 14k gold nib, I experienced a pleasurable writing experience. Like most Pilot nibs, this nib writes well on most (if not all) papers. During my testing, I used Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki. Paired with this ink, the Custom 74 produced clean lines with a consistent ink flow. As expected, I experienced a premium and unparalleled writing experience I've come to expect from Pilot.
Penman's Final Remark
The Pilot Custom 74 is a great everyday pen that holds an ample amount of ink. It is lightweight and feels comfortable in the hand.