the pilot flies italic

This Pilot Custom 74 flies in from Leigh Reyes’s well-maintained collection with a three-tined music nib tweaked by famed nibmeister Richard Binder into an italic.

The nib is a beauty, with more than a hint of spring that makes it a joy to lay down wide lines.


Precision Japanese engineering and craftsmanship ensure that it writes from the get-go, without hesitation or skipping, even after being unused for weeks.

This is part of my journey towards out-of-the-ordinary nibs, as I venture farther out of my F (fine) and EF (extra-fine) comfort zone to explore the other options that make fountain pen use and collecting an enjoyable experience.

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5 Comments on the pilot flies italic

  1. TAO
    16 April 2009 at 5:49 pm (4099 days ago)

    I think it should be “…from Leigh’s well maintained but often misplaced collection…”

    Cool you are trying out new nibs. Not all may be to your liking (I’m looking at you left oblique!) but it’s fun to play!

  2. Caloy
    25 April 2009 at 4:14 pm (4090 days ago)

    It is an interesting journey — trying out other nibs. I was an EF/F nib person for the longest time. Then I cautiously shifted to medium nibs then to italic/stub medium nibs. There was likewise a shift from dry writers to wet writers. After our pen meets where I got to try out a wide range of pens, I’m now into Bs/BBs and flexible nibs.

  3. Andy Malpass
    19 May 2009 at 7:28 am (4066 days ago)

    Jenny, beautifully written articles, I wonder if you can advise me on where to buy ink. I have for decades used Parker Mocha or when not available Shaffer brown. I like the contrast of the sepia look on cream quality paper when writing. However I am increasingly finding it a more arduous task to locate my favourite medium and calls to National book store, Luis pen shop, Fully Booked are turning up blank. Do you know where I can obtain brown ink in Manila? I have a complete collection of Parker Duofold Rose which is as good today as when I bought the first of the pens nearly 30 years ago.
    Thank you in advance,
    Captain Andrew Malpass

  4. carl cunanan
    30 May 2009 at 1:14 am (4055 days ago)

    andy? Is that you? How’s the whole sports car thing going?

  5. Les Dessous Chics
    22 September 2009 at 7:59 am (3940 days ago)

    nice! i’m gonna make my own blog

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