Pilot Custom Heritage 92

Originally, I set out for this video to be a review of the new (to the US) Pilot Custom Heritage 92, and it turned into kind of a comparison between the Custom Heritage 92, the Custom 74, Custom 823, and Prera, as well. That’s why the video is so long, there are basically 4 pens packed into one video, though the main focus is on the Custom Heritage 92. This is the first time I have my hands on it, and it’s a fairly pricey pen at $220, so I wanted to really be thorough and see how it stacked up to the other Pilot pens. It comes in fine, medium, and broad, and you can see all the detailed specs at GouletPens.com.

Here are the highlights for the video:

  • Unboxing (0:41)
  • Comparison to Pilot Prera (2:00)
  • Comparison between Custom Heritage 92, Custom 74, and Custom 823 (3:02)
  • Details of the Custom Heritage 92 pen (9:25)
  • Filling the Heritage 92 (12:25)
  • Showing ink capacity (14:40)
  • Writing with a Pilot Custom Heritage 92 medium 14k nib(16:15)
  • Writing with a Pilot Prera medium steel nib (17:25)
  • Writing with a Pilot Custom 74, medium 14k nib (18:35)
  • Writing with a Pilot Custom 823, medium 14k nib (19:20)
  • Pricing of all the Pilot pens shown here (20:00)

Write On,
Brian Goulet 

Pilot Custom Heritage 92


2017-10-11T03:26:44+00:00 October 17th, 2012|Pen Reviews|36 Comments
  • Very nice!

  • Ron

    Very informative review. I haven't used any of these pens, so it's nice to see them discussed together.

  • After my experience with the Custom 823 I am definitely going to order one as I would prefer a clear demonstrator instead of the brown smoke of the current Custom 823. Just waiting on the TWSBI Mini to come in though so I can add them both to the same order.

  • snedwos

    You can get solid preras as well, I believe. The 92 was always the only custom series pen I could ever find in Europe, which annoyed me, as I like the other two better!

    • The solid Preras might still be available in Japan, I’m not sure. I know they’re not brought into the US, only the clear ones are. It’s a shame you can’t find the other Custom pens, though, they’re seriously some pretty great pens.

  • snedwos

    You can get solid preras as well, I believe. The 92 was always the only custom series pen I could ever find in Europe, which annoyed me, as I like the other two better!

  • I thought it would be good to show them all together. I’m a big fan of Pilot, they’re really earned my respect with the quality of their stuff.

  • I thought it would be good to show them all together. I'm a big fan of Pilot, they're really earned my respect with the quality of their stuff.

  • The TWSBI Mini is supposed to be in sometime around the end of Oct/early Nov…the date keeps getting pushed back. But we’ll have the Heritage 92’s on hand regularly whenever you’re ready for it 🙂 I think you’ll find the 92 writes a lot like the 823.

    • I’ve heard that some retailers are watching shipping tracking pages for their Mini’s. Is this just a dirty rumor, or are they enroute around the place? At the moment no one is really sure they are in production.

      • We actually just found out today that TWSBI is shipping them out to us tomorrow, which means we’ll likely get them on Monday the 29th. It stinks for us here on the East Coast because TWSBI and other sellers on the West Coast will have them before us, but there’s not anything we can do about it. We’re pretty much at their mercy in terms of when we get them.

  • The TWSBI Mini is supposed to be in sometime around the end of Oct/early Nov…the date keeps getting pushed back. But we'll have the Heritage 92's on hand regularly whenever you're ready for it 🙂 I think you'll find the 92 writes a lot like the 823.

  • The solid Preras might still be available in Japan, I'm not sure. I know they're not brought into the US, only the clear ones are. It's a shame you can't find the other Custom pens, though, they're seriously some pretty great pens.

  • mhosea

    Well done review. I guess Pilot provides some of the most economical ways of getting a gold nib on a modern pen. The Namiki Falcon and Custom 74 are up there. I’m not sure how enthusiastic I can be about the 92, though. The extra expense seems a little more than I would expect, all things considered, though I was impressed with the how full it filled for you without even really trying. However, it holds just marginally more ink than a Con-70 or Pilot cartridge, so I think the argument for it would be more about the ergonomics of filling without grasping a narrow, removable converter. It is nice just to hold pen itself down in the ink and twist the blind cap. Honestly, though, I think I’d be more tempted by a blue 823. I’ve never seen such a thing, but I think they did make some clear ones awhile back. They should make and export more colors of that pen, I think.

    • And therein lies the problem. Whilst I love my 823, the brown smoke is definitely not my favourite colour. It’s a pity they didn’t put the larger nib of the 823 the 92.

      • I’m not sure the larger nib would make all that much of a difference, I find that the two write pretty darn similar anyway. I hear what you’re saying though.

    • I know I’ve seen a smoke 823 available in Japan, that would be pretty awesome! There are actually a few really decent Pilot pens that aren’t available in the US at all, and I’d really love to see them here. I’ll keep bugging them, don’t you worry. I don’t think there’s a blue Custom 823, though that would rock my freaking world. I hear what you’re saying about the Custom 92, and I agree with you. This is a nice pen, but the price does seem to be a bit of a premium over the Custom 74, which is why in a head-to-head, I’d still choose the Custom 74. But, for those that really love a piston pen, the 92 is here to please. And I must say, filling the 92 is a luxury compared to the 74. Not sure if that alone justifies the price, but there is a clear difference there.

  • Michael Hosea

    Well done review. I guess Pilot provides some of the most economical ways of getting a gold nib on a modern pen. The Namiki Falcon and Custom 74 are up there. I'm not sure how enthusiastic I can be about the 92, though. The extra expense seems a little more than I would expect, all things considered, though I was impressed with the how full it filled for you without even really trying. However, it holds just marginally more ink than a Con-70 or Pilot cartridge, so I think the argument for it would be more about the ergonomics of filling without grasping a narrow, removable converter. It is nice just to hold pen itself down in the ink and twist the blind cap. Honestly, though, I think I'd be more tempted by a blue 823. I've never seen such a thing, but I think they did make some clear ones awhile back. They should make and export more colors of that pen, I think.

  • kondro

    And therein lies the problem. Whilst I love my 823, the brown smoke is definitely not my favourite colour. It's a pity they didn't put the larger nib of the 823 the 92.

  • kondro

    I've heard that some retailers are watching shipping tracking pages for their Mini's. Is this just a dirty rumor, or are they enroute around the place? At the moment no one is really sure they are in production.

  • David

    So how do you clean out the ink that;’s going to inevitably get behind the piston on this pen?

    • You can remove it. It unscrews out of the back just like on the TWSBI 540 (and though it was a tight squeeze, I was actually able to use my TWSBI wrench to unscrew it!). The same is true for the 823. And funny enough, my Pelikan m800 also unscrews with the TWSBI wrench. Seems that the 7mm wrench is pretty standard among piston fountain pen makers.

  • David

    So how do you clean out the ink that;'s going to inevitably get behind the piston on this pen?

  • SS

    Very nice review. I appreciate the comparison between the 92, 74, and 823 nibs. I have an 823 myself so that gives me a good baseline to compare others. But I’m really considering one of the matte VPs. Can you describe how the Custom-line of nibs compares to the VP? I’m guessing VP nibs aren’t exactly the same, given the different size and material (?).

    Off topic, perhaps. I have seen your VP reviews, and know your general opinion of that nib. This video just made me curious about how the two lines of nibs compare.

    • I do enjoy the VP nibs as well. I find they actually perform pretty similarly to the Custom nibs. The VP nibs are much smaller, but they’re also 18k instead of 14k on the Customs. So the gold is a little softer, giving it a little spring just like these pens. The biggest difference will be the ink capacity though, the VP just doesn’t hold nearly as much as the others. But, you can get a VP with an EF nib if that’s your thing, and that’s a huge plus.

  • SS

    Very nice review. I appreciate the comparison between the 92, 74, and 823 nibs. I have an 823 myself so that gives me a good baseline to compare others. But I'm really considering one of the matte VPs. Can you describe how the Custom-line of nibs compares to the VP? I'm guessing VP nibs aren't exactly the same, given the different size and material (?).

    Off topic, perhaps. I have seen your VP reviews, and know your general opinion of that nib. This video just made me curious about how the two lines of nibs compare.

  • I know I've seen a smoke 823 available in Japan, that would be pretty awesome! There are actually a few really decent Pilot pens that aren't available in the US at all, and I'd really love to see them here. I'll keep bugging them, don't you worry. I don't think there's a blue Custom 823, though that would rock my freaking world. I hear what you're saying about the Custom 92, and I agree with you. This is a nice pen, but the price does seem to be a bit of a premium over the Custom 74, which is why in a head-to-head, I'd still choose the Custom 74. But, for those that really love a piston pen, the 92 is here to please. And I must say, filling the 92 is a luxury compared to the 74. Not sure if that alone justifies the price, but there is a clear difference there.

  • I'm not sure the larger nib would make all that much of a difference, I find that the two write pretty darn similar anyway. I hear what you're saying though.

  • You can remove it. It unscrews out of the back just like on the TWSBI 540 (and though it was a tight squeeze, I was actually able to use my TWSBI wrench to unscrew it!). The same is true for the 823. And funny enough, my Pelikan m800 also unscrews with the TWSBI wrench. Seems that the 7mm wrench is pretty standard among piston fountain pen makers.

  • I do enjoy the VP nibs as well. I find they actually perform pretty similarly to the Custom nibs. The VP nibs are much smaller, but they're also 18k instead of 14k on the Customs. So the gold is a little softer, giving it a little spring just like these pens. The biggest difference will be the ink capacity though, the VP just doesn't hold nearly as much as the others. But, you can get a VP with an EF nib if that's your thing, and that's a huge plus.

  • SS

    The EF nib is precisely why I'm looking so closely at a VP. My 823 is a fine, but I'd like something even narrower. Thanks, Brian.

  • I'd recommend you check out the Fermo video I did, I show the Pilot VP EF nib on there. Pretty sweet little nib…http://www.inknouveau.com/2012/10/pilot-vanishing-point-fermo-review.html

  • We actually just found out today that TWSBI is shipping them out to us tomorrow, which means we'll likely get them on Monday the 29th. It stinks for us here on the East Coast because TWSBI and other sellers on the West Coast will have them before us, but there's not anything we can do about it. We're pretty much at their mercy in terms of when we get them.

  • kw

    Which nib will be more flexible: SF in Heritage 91, F in H92 or this in VP?