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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Pilot Justus 95: Quick Look



The Pilot Justus 95 is an interesting pen, and one that I've been asked about a lot since it came out late last year.

Pilot Justus 95



Essentially, it's a large pen with a soft nib that's similar to the Pilot Falcon but with a the added feature of adjustable softness/hardness. There aren't a lot of pens that have this feature, and the first I'm aware from Pilot.

Here are the key points of the Justus 95:

  • Soft nib similar to the Pilot (Namiki) Falcon
  • Adjustable softness, that varies how much you need to press the pen to get the tines to spread
  • Softest adjustment is similar to Pilot Falcon, hardest is still flexible, but about 50% as much
  • Comes with Pilot Con-70 ink converter, the largest of the Pilot converters that is button-fill, and also accepts all other Pilot converters and cartridges
  • Available in any color you want, as long as it's black with gold trim
  • $390 list price pen ($312 at GouletPens.com)

Is it a cool pen? Yes, yes it is. The fit and finish is awesome and the soft nib will give you an experience just like the Falcon, but with increased ink capacity and the ability to harden up the nib if you want to use the pen more as a daily writer. The reviews on my site are really good...the only complaints are the price. If the soft nib is the main selling point for you, it's tough to justify this at more than twice the price of the Falcon, but I at least wanted to educate you about what this pen has to offer for what it is. 

Pilot Justus 95, with adjustable nib softness




I'd love to know what you think of the Justus 95! Share your ideas in the comments below. 

Write On,
Brian Goulet

14 comments:

  1. I had the Falcon, Invincia color fusion, Lamy studio, and the Edison Hudson on my list. This handles the springiness when I need it, the precise point for when I don't, and looks amazing. It just seems a really good all-arounder. I will still be getting a custom 74 and a few others but I was literally getting all four of those just for the different styles of nib.

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  2. Waski_the_SquirrelOctober 7, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    I really love my Justus. It's nice to change the flex. Mostly I keep it set on soft, but sometimes, hard is better. It is a classy, understated pen. It doesn't scream for attention, but when you do pay attention, it's quite impressive.


    I had a really good time with it after I inked it up with a shading ink (Noodler's Apache's Sunset). That is when it really shows off what it can do.

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  3. Well there you go! Glad I did this video for you Charles ;)

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  4. Oh yeah, Apache! That's the ink to use. Yeah, it is definitely a little understated, which I actually don't mind.

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  5. That pen looks awesome, and I LOVE all the Pilot pens I have now. I probably won't be getting it since I have the Falcon, but I would love a pen that takes the Con-70 -- that looks like a really cool converter!

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  6. There's something I don't quite get. You're saying that on the softest setting it's similar a Pilot Falcon. Well, I have a Pilot Metal Falcon with a soft medium nib. It takes an enormous amount of force to flex, and it takes a long time to snap back when the force has ceased. I consider it rigid for all practical purposes. I can't make it flex while writing normally.

    So, if the softest setting of the Justus is like that, an almost-nail, then how can the hardest still be flexible?
    What am I missing?
    Thank you.

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  7. Sorry for the typo, I meant "similar TO a Pilot Falcon".

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  8. My Pilot Metal Falcon SEF is very soft. Still, it does not flex without my conscious and firm effort to make it flex, no modern fountain pen nib does that! Such nibs are called "wet noodles" and they are only found in custom ground nibs or old vintage fountain pen nibs. Even my Pilot Vanishing Point nibs (I have F, M, and B) are softer than a hard nib, so I think you do not know what a soft nib is. I've never seen a Pilot gold nib that is hard.

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  9. Very nice blog about Pen

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  10. i bought this pen last year and had it modified for Spencerian. It really does do beautiful Spencerian calligraphy, and it is about the only fountain pen that can do it like this.

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  11. I would like to know the difference between Pilot Justus 95, Pilot Namiki Falcon and Visconti's Palladium nibs. All are flexible. It appears that Palladium nibs has better softness and flexibility.
    I would also like to know what changes are required for Spencerian as per Mr Vincent's information....
    I will appreciate if you can show the difference or compare it and upload its video clip..

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  12. Indeed, it's soft. I can see it's softer than ordinary nibs. But that softness is unnoticeable unless I press down very hard. So, if the softest setting already requires such a high amount of force, then what's the point of having any harder settings?
    At the softest setting it takes a concious and firm effort to show any degree of flex. It will not flex at all unless you go out of your way to make it flex. So, if you simply avoided making that effort, wouldn't the pen behave and feel like it were rigid? Why the need for a harder setting?

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