Pilot Custom

we have a new member for the Pilot Custom family, the Custom Urushi with #30 nib,

from the left, Custom Urushi, 845, 823, 743, 742, 74, 912, 91 and 92

the higher end models have thicker bands and trims.

the nibs:
Urushi18k30two tone



84518k15two tone


82314k15single tone


74314k15single toneYYYYYYYYYY
74214k10single toneYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
7414k5single toneYYYYYYYYYYY

91214k10single tone rhodium platedYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
9114k5single tone rhodium platedYYYYYYYYY

9214k5single tone rhodium platedYY

all can use the CON-70 converter except 823 and 92.

the dimensions are as follows
Modellength (mm)pen length (mm)diameter (mm)weight (g)pen weight (g)
with CON-70 except 823 and 92

the diameter are measured at the pen cap band.

Comparison of the feeds for the #30, #15, #10 and #5 nibs,


Unknown said...

This is so helpful, thank you very much!

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Yusuf Gulle said...

Thank you, its now in perspective, now to save up some money.

Karlo said...

Excellent comparison! I couldn't picture how large the Pilot 30 nib was until you posted this.

shu said...

Fantastic collection! Do you think you could take a photo with the Namiki #20 and #50 nibs as well for comparison? Cheers!

By the way, how do you like writing with the Custom Urushi? How does it compare to your writing experiences with the 845, Yukari Royale, and Emperor?

kmpn said...

hello Shu, the #30 nib is about the same size as MB149, it is softer than any of the #15, #20 and #50 nibs, i would update my another blog for a rough comparison of the pilot nibs. thanks again :D

kmpn said...

an amendment to the above comment is that the #30 nib is not softer than the #15 FA nib.

shu said...

Another question: where did you buy your Custom Urushi pen? It seems to be sold out all over Japan now. Thanks!

kmpn said...

there was overwhelming demand for the Custom Urushi since launch in October 2016, i also hope the situation could be improved afterward.

Unknown said...

Can you put up the different kinds of nibs? I just found out today they have a PO (posting) nib. Thanks.

lesliemclee said...

what is the effect of bigger/smaller nib? (e.g. #5 v #10 v #15)

Teo & Leni said...


Would it be possible to know the feed measurements, like length and cross section diameter?

Thank you,

kmpn said...

the visible part of the feed is about 24.3mm and the diameter is around 6.8mm. this is just a rough measurement and hope it helps.

Teo & Leni said...

Hello, Thank you, which model did you measured. The 743?

kmpn said...

oops, sorry, i just measured the Custom Urushi :D

Leviathan said...

Thank you for this - super helpful demonstration of a very confusing series of pens!

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Unknown said...

Pardon me for my ignorance! I am new to fountain pen hobby! Already own a Pilot Prera Fine with Nib #5. Like to write very fine letter.

Interested to buy CH912 Fine as well.

Question: Will bigger nib size #10 of Fine, write bigger letter compare to Nib #5 Fine? What is the significance of Nib size difference?

Thank You!

kmpn said...

hello JENg, thanks for reading. the prera should have a F or M or calligraphy nib, it is not be marked as #5 nib. normally, the bigger size #10 Fine 14k gold nib should write the same stroke width as your prera Fine nib.

ias13 said...

Thank you for this post, by far one of the best comparisons imho, it has been immense help to me trying to figure out how the pilot numbering/naming works and also to understand the different sizes and collect what is best suited for me.

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