Hey there, fountain pen friends, Lydia and Colin here bringing you another exciting edition of the Goulet Pen Battles. This week, we’re going gold and pitting the Platinum #3776 Century against the Pilot Custom 74. Which of these delightful demonstrators will take the crown? Check out our thoughts and then cast your vote in the poll below!

Platinum #3776 Century

Lydia here, this time around, I’m tackling a pen that has long intrigued me and I was stoked to finally get my hands on, the Platinum #3776 Century. Between the stunning regular edition colors and the new colors that have come out recently, this pen has a color option that will prove irresistible to every eye.

The #3776 Century is currently available on our site in a mix of refined and reserved hues, such as Black, Bourgogne, or Chartres Blue, as well as the lovely pastels of the Nice Lilas, Nice Lavande or the rose gold accented, clear Nice. This gorgeous pen offers an appealing color for every pen enthusiast.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the 14kt gold nib on this pen. Brian says in his quick look about the #3776 Century that the nibs are “relatively stiff and slightly toothy,” which made me hesitant to try it at first. I ended up loving these pens for that exact reason though. I first tried a Medium nib, my preferred nib size, and enjoyed it very much. For an upcoming Monday Matchup, I challenged myself to use an Ultra Extra Fine. Despite the line width similarities to writing with a needle, that pen was a dream to use. The ink flowed very nicely, albeit conservatively, and the pen didn’t have a single starting or skipping issue. I have also been a fan of the Pilot Metropolitan and the wet, juicy flow of my Edison nibs, but this pen was a complete and surprisingly pleasing departure from those. The “Slip and Seal” mechanism in the cap keeps the nib wet and ready to write and prevents drying out for up to 24 months.

This pen is phenomenal both posted and unposted. It is so well balanced and comfortable in the hand. Even when I was doing intricate line work and sketching with the Ultra Extra Fine, I didn’t experience fatigue once. The body of the pen is on the larger side but not so much so that it excludes people with smaller hands. The diameter is similar to the Pilot Metropolitan, with a little extra length when posted. The dimensions make for a comfortable writing experience.

Why do I love the Platinum #3776 Century? Let’s recap…

  • Both fun and reserved color choices to pick from
  • Although called stiff and toothy, the nib is still a smooth and consistent writer, definitely a unique writing experience
  • Comfortable size and dimensions, great to use posted or unposted
  • Slip & Seal mechanism keeps nib wet

You can find the Platinum #3776 Century in a variety of styles at GouletPens.com, ranging from $150 to $228.

Pilot Custom 74

Hi all, Colin here, Community Coordinator on Twitter and YouTube, back for another pen battle! After losing the 2 previous Pen Battles, I brought out a heavy hitter. One of Brian’s daily carries, the Pilot Custom 74 is a pen destined to win. It has everything you want in an entry-level gold nib pen! Jumping to a gold nib, the first thing people want is an elevated and smooth writing experience. Check and check. Using a fine nib currently, and it has been one of the smoothest writing pens I’ve used. I’d imagine a medium and broader would be even more so.

Beyond that, the Custom 74 also uses my favorite converter, the Con-70. While some might not be a fan of converters, I find them very easy to use and clean, so having that option with this pen only made things better. The Con-70 can be somewhat tricky to use, but once you get the hang of it, it’s actually fun to fill up your pens! It also features a high ink capacity for a converter at 1.1ml.

Lastly, the color options are pretty great, with something for everyone. With a demonstrator body, a crystal clear option is great to keep an eye on ink levels or just watch your ink swirl around. There’s also the classic (and Brian’s favorite) blue, the vibrant orange, stealthy smoke, or subdued violet. Each color offers something different yet unique amongst its competition.

To summarize why I favor the Pilot Custom 74:

  • Super smooth writing nib, exactly you want from your first gold nib
  • Able to use the fun and functional Con-70 converter
  • Lots of color options available

You can find the Pilot Custom 74 at GouletPens.com for $160.

Now it’s your turn to weigh in! Do you prefer the Platinum #3776 Century or the Pilot Custom 74?

Leave us a comment as well and let us know the why behind your choice! Or do you love another gold nib pen? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Write on,
Lydia & Colin