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Friday, October 19, 2012

Pilot…Plumera?



Is it a new pen from Pilot? No…it's just a made up name I came up with for putting a Pilot Plumix nib on a Prera. The Prera is a great pen that comes available only with a fine or medium nib. The Plumix is an inexpensive Pilot pen that comes with a stub nib (something around a 1.0 or 1.1mm), and you can swap the nib out for the Prera! Good stuff ;)

Pilot Preras

Pilot Plumixes


Write On,
Brian Goulet

19 comments:

  1. Yep, I routinely swap the nibs around between Preras, 78Gs, my Cocoon, Penmanships (EF nibs), and Plumix. The Plumix is just too wide for me but it is fun with Baystate Blue, and I am a huge fan of the Penmanship EF nib in my Prera. Thanks for sharing the technique with folks so more people can get more out of their pens!

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  2. Brian,


    Great idea! I am not afraid to hack my pens, and this hack is new to me,


    I was out looking for a Pluma in brick stores yesterday, because I want to play with the stub nib before getting a Lamy calligraphy Safari. No luck finding the Pluma here in the Matanuska valley of Alaska, but no surprise there!



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  3. Heheh, I hope more people start playing with the Plumix nibs; they're a lot of fun for learning to use a stub despite looking a bit tacky.
    The Plumix also makes a good candidate for eyedropper conversion, as long as you take care to seal the end of the barrel. (Your videos were a huge help in that, incidentally!) This is a good thing for me, as I loathe the Namiki cartridges they're designed to use.
    Will have to get some Preras and try swapping the nibs out next.

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  4. It's definitely tips like this that help assure my loyalty to the GPC!

    Thanks!

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  5. I've wondered if a Pilot 78G nib, especially the B nib which is really a nice stub, will fit in a Prera.

    By the way, why don't you carry the 78G pens Brian?

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  6. The nib looks the same to me, but I don't have a 78g so I can't be sure. I don't carry them because Pilot USA doesn't import them into the US. I've heard rumors that Pilot is discontinuing production on them anyway, though.

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  7. I did a little experimenting on the Plumix to see about eyedropper conversion, and I found that about 1/3 of them could be converted as-is. The thing about them is they have some kind of indentation in the very back of the pen body. Sometimes it indents so much it actually creates a hole into the body, other times not. So you may not HAVE to seal it up, it just depends on what you get.

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  8. Yeah, the Plumix is actually cheaper then just a Lamy nib, go figure! No surprise you couldn't find it, most places aren't going to have a Plumix!

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  9. Neat! Just a side note, the Cocoon is actually being brought into the US soon as the Metropolitan. We were told Nov. 1st or so. I'd love to see the Penmanship, too, an EF nib that fits the Prera sounds just too good ;) How do you like it?

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  10. Thanks! :) I like doing stuff like this!

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  11. Yeah, I'd heard that. It's just my luck that I got 3 -- count 'em, 3! -- with the burned-through ends. Fish tank caulk became my good friend after that.

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  12. Very cool. I live in Taiwan, so I have a bit more access to Japanese market stuff and was able to get a Cocoon in blue before most people even knew it was available. Not a bad pen. I think the Prera with a well-chosen EF Penmanship nib is one of my best super-fine writers, and is quite close to my EF Capless nib in performance. They are also a bit more malleable and can be adjusted without too much work. I know you're a medium-broad kinda guy but for those who want a cheap ultra-fine, it's perhaps one of the best options out there. Too bad it's not a stock Prera option!

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  13. I know! Well, the Prera fine nib is pretty darn fine, so that works well for most, but I know there are plenty of people out there who just can never get a fine enough nib!

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  14. Nice...I've used two-part epoxy before with success too, but that looks kinda ugly.

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  15. I've tried this, in fact, it's why I got a Plumix, but it's not as smooth as the Prera. The Prera nib is delightful!

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  16. It will. I tried this too. Again, disappointing after the Prera, which is a much nicer nib (I have two as a result).

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  17. Well yeah, you're talking about taking a nib off a $9 pen, it's only going to be but so good. I agree with you about the Prera nibs, though, I do like them!

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