Pilot Custom 742 Black/Gold, Custom 742 14K FA, inked with Diamine Blue Black

Japanese, black resin with gold trim - yep another of my Pilot Custom 742 pens. I have five of these pens, three only available for rotation since my decision to only play with my fun ones


The nib provides the fun for this pen. This FA nib is flexible in the modern sense of the word. It is not the classic wet noodle nibs we see normally attached to a vintage Waterman. This nib produces a fine line but will extend to a double broad width if you apply pressure.

The standard Diamine bottle, enough said.

I love the shade of this Blue Black ink. It shades pretty well especially with this flexible nib.

Pilot Custom 742 Black/Gold, Custom 742 14K Broad, inked with Pilot iroshizuku tsuki-yo

Yet another of my many Pilot Custom 742 Black/Gold fountain pens comes into rotation. Black resin with gold trim, Pelikan M800 sized and featuring the large capacity CON70 convertor. Nothing too exciting about it - just a good user pen.

A single toned 14K gold Broad nib - Japanese broad which is comparable in line width to the majority of my European mediums.

Pilot iroshizuku tsuki-yo (moonlight) is a blue-black shade in the tradition of my benchmark blue-black, the Waterman version. It is a well behaved ink that shades pretty well from this nib and would rank up there in my list of favourite blue-blacks.

Pilot Custom 742 Black/Gold, Custom 742 14K Music Stub, inked with Private Reserve Tanzanite

It has been a gap of four pens since my last Japanese pen came into rotation - that was a Sailor this is a Pilot - specifically the Custom 742 model. Black resin with gold trim are pretty much the hallmarks of a classic Japanese pen.  

I own five pens of the Pilot Custom 742 model - they each only differ by the 14K Gold nib that they sport. The nib today is the Music Stub - a broad stub that has three tines to ensure wet ink flow. I am always amazed looking at how close the tine cuts come to the edge of the nib.

The standard 50ml Private Reserve bottle - a good design, squat with wide mouth for easy pen filling.

Private Reserve Tanzanite is renowned as being one of the most free-flowing aka wet inks on the market. "If a pen is skipping or writing dry, try some PR Tanzanite in, if it still plays up, the pen needs to be looked at" was a common reply on the Fountain Pen forums. Tanzanite is named for the precious gem found mainly in Tanzania. It is a very nice violet-blue that shows good shading from this broad stub.

Pilot Custom 742 Black/Gold, Custom 742 14K Sutab nib, inked with De Atramentis Green Apple

I like a fancy looking pen but sometimes the pen means less than the nib and the ink. This is one such occaison, the Pilot Custom 742 pen is your typical Black resin with gold trim - looks a bit like a Montblanc Meisterstuck from some angles. The nib is a Sutab (SU) which to me is a fine stub. It is bit of a dry writer and can be problematic with some inks. De Atramentis Apple Green ink is a pleasant enough light green shade but the scent is too similar to that of a clothes washing detergent my wife uses for my liking.