Pilot Custom 743 Fountain Pen, FA Flex Nib
This pen mean business. It's a no frills, executive torpedo shape à la Mont Blanc, useable in all settings, not least in a professional one. Some people might find its looks conservative - but it's representative of classic 1930s Japanese pen design, cigar shape, gold ball clip and all. You can't really argue with 'classic'. If you can put function ahead of design then you will truly appreciate this pen.
The model here presented Custom 743 is the successor to the 65 series first designed in 1983 on the occasion of Pilot's 65th birthday, revamped in 1993.
The main attraction is this pen's high performance 14k gold nib. Whereas nearly all pen makers worldwide subcontract their nibs to specialist factories - the Japanese - namely Pilot, Sailor and Platinum produce theirs in house making truly superior nibs, of great smoothness and sometimes capable of a unique soft flexible feel and line variation, something usually only found in antique pens. The difference with an antique pen is that the Custom will not be leaking, is extremely reliable and uses a modern cartridge system, much easier to refill and service.
Indeed we have chosen this model because it offers great value, for what is a work-horse of a fountain pen giving its user a fantastic writing experience, which will only get better with years and use.
This choice of nib, FA, developed by Pilot since the 70s to give a brush effect, is particularly fabulous because it allows razor thin lines and detail, while on down strokes, when more pressure is applied against the paper (but gently), thicker lines are drawn creating flourishes in a calligraphic effect. The Pilot FA nib is world famous and the preferred choice for calligraphic and spencerian writing.
It would equally be a good option for sketching.
Nib type: 14k Gold Nib, with a good amount of flex (or feedback as it is is also called)
Cartridge type: Can be fitted with a Con-40 or Con-70 converter cartridge or also takes Namiki/Pilot cartridges which can be found here.
Dimensions: closed: 144mm, open: 125mm, posted: 155mm
Choosing Keeping offers this range in Fine (Blue Barrel) ; Medium (Red Barrel) ; Broad (Green Barrel) ; Soft Fine flexible (Black Barrel) and full flex Falcon Nib (Black Barrel)
Sold in a presentation box.