April 2020 – The Pilot Con-50 is no longer available and has been discontinued by Pilot. It has been replaced by the Pilot Con-40.

If you wanted to know how to take apart a Pilot Con-50 converter for cleaning and maintenance, or to remove the metal agitator, then watch this video. I got asked about how to do this after posting my video on the ink capacities of the different Pilot converters, so this video is a response to that one.

Why would you want to take apart your converter? There are several reasons:

  • Cleaning and maintenance
  • Removing the agitator to increase ink capacity by about 0.1mL
  • Removing the agitator so it doesn’t rattle in the pen
Taking the converter apart isn’t that hard, but it does require you to break the glue that’s used on the threading to unscrew the metal shroud. It’ll pretty much feel like you’re breaking the converter, and you kind of are, so be careful. If you do end up doing any permanent damage, it’ll be on you. This is a hack and not something that Pilot officially promotes doing, so do it at your own risk.
I hope this helps you out! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments.
Write On,
Brian Goulet