Thursday, July 2, 2015

Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pen: Quick Look

Today I’m going to be showing you a quick look at the Pilot Custom 74. This pen has proven itself to be my #1 go-to daily writer. It’s an attractive pen, but what draws me to it the most is how beautifully it writes. Here are some quick notes I made, check out the video Quick Look and you can even see my famous blue Custom 74 that I've been carrying for the last 3+ years.

The Pilot Custom 74 is available in Blue, Clear, Orange, Smoke, Violet, (other colors might be available in Japan). It is a long pen, with a medium diameter which makes it comfortable for those with just about any size hand. It also has a wonderful balance and feel. The plastic is smooth and there is no harsh step on the grip section. The threads are very shallow so you'll barely feel them.

This pen comes with a 14k nib that’s rhodium-plated and very springy. Nib sizes are fine, medium, and broad. The fine is quite thin making it great for absorbent paper. The ink flow is smooth and slightly wet, just about perfect for me!

It features a screw cap which is push to post. One advantage of this cap is that it has an insert to keep the nib wet that works well even when I leave it sitting for weeks at a time.

You can use several filling mechanisms in the Pilot Custom 74 including the Con-20, the Con-50, and the Con-70 (which is the converter it comes with). Not sure how to fill that Con-70? This video will answer all your questions. You can also use Pilot/Namiki cartridges.

The Pilot Custom 74 is available at Gouletpens.com for $160.

Pilot Custom 74 Fountain Pen

Do you have a favorite pen? Share yours below!

Write on, 
Brian Goulet


  1. kevin-landon@comcast.netJuly 2, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    My favorite of favorites is the 3776 Century from Platinum. It also features a 14k gold nib that is springy and the M nib writes more like a Fine. May have to try the Custom 74 at some point in the future.

  2. Custom 74 F was my second fountain pen I bought years ago and still a favorite, over time it has developed a leak at the grip so I have set it to the side till I can fix it.

  3. I have a few Pelikan 150's that I find write well and don't dry out. They are older pens I got at tag sales so I don't sweat losing them if it should happen.

    My favorite is a Parker 75 I was gifted by someone who went back to the dark side. I gave it a thorough cleaning and found an 18k italic nib, love it!


  4. Waski the SquirrelJuly 3, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    This quickly became one of my favorite pens. I bought the violet version and it is inked almost constantly. I'm sorry I put it off for so long!

  5. I just got the 3776 Century with the M nib and love it. Both Pilot and Platinum make wonderful pens and nibs, and, like you, I may have to try a Custom 74 in the future. I've never been steered wrong by Brian's recommendations yet.

  6. I would be as in love with my Custom 74 as you are, Brian, if I had not made a fundamental mistake--I ordered it with a musical nib, only later to discover that such nibs are not for me. It's too wet, and much of the paper I need to write on is fairly absorbent. So now I have a really good pen but cannot buy a replacement nib anywhere.

  7. I'm surprised it took Brian this long to make a vid about his Custom 74, as I know it's one of his very favorites. Like him I think the Pilot brand is excellent, and that large converter sounds great. But I notice there are always used Custom 74s being sold, and I'm just curious as to why? Is there something about the pen that people don't expect and doesn't fit them?

    My own favorites are a Pilot Metropolitan, a Faber Castell Basic (mother of pearl), Pelikan White Tortoise, and Visconti Opera Club. I'm still saving up for a grail pen. :)

  8. This is not his first video on this pen, he did two several years ago, one introducing the 74 & one showing how to fill it. Also it was featured in his video of his all-time favorite pens. All 3 are on the Custom 74 product page.

  9. You mentioned availability in Japan. From what I have seen there is only the clear/rhodium trim and the black/gold trim. There are however more nib choices. I will likely pick up a 74,91 or 92 before leaving in a few weeks. I have been "shopping" for several months. Current leader is the 92 in smoke demo.


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