Skip to content

Video-Review: Pilot Custom 74 (black)

The Pilot Custom 74 is one of the most well-known fountain pens from Pilots fine writing-range and chances are good you will hear an enthusiast speaking about the pen as being among his faves. Sure thing, this is reason enough for me to make this a must-review item. A word and a blow – here comes the review of the Custom 74. Does it live up to the hype? Check out the video-review below to find out!

The video is, as always, preceded by some quick facts. Again, I hope the review is helpful and that you enjoy watching it!

Quick Facts

  • Pilot Custom 74 (Black)
  • Black semi-transparent resin body
  • Silver-colored accents and trims
  • Cartridge/converter-filler (Pilot proprietary, ships with Con-70 converter)
  • Available 14k gold-nib options: Fine (F), Medium (M) and Broad (B) – may be available in additional nib options from sellers in Japan
  • Price: from 70 – 200 €, heavily depending on your location

Video Review

Picture Gallery

Click on the photos to enlarge.


  1. AAaaaah, great pictures and, as usual, a very thorough review. Thank you!

    • Scrively Scrively

      Thank you, Julie!

  2. Tim Tim

    That was a great review, Thank you. I have a Pilot VP in fine that I like very much and a
    a Metropolitan with M nib which writes the way I like. How does the Custom 74 nib compare to these?
    Should I go for a Custom 74 in Fine or Medium nib?
    What would you suggest?

    • Scrively Scrively

      I think I would do the Fine!

  3. Tim Tim

    Well it’s 6 odd weeks since I made the at post and in the meantime I bought the Custom 74 with M nib. Love it. Aa really smooth writer. It is however a bit broader than I had expected. I based the choice on the Pilot metropolitan which I have with M nib. They are not the same at all. The M nib on the Custom 74 is more like a broad on the Metropolitan. o do love the con 70 converter and the overall quality of the pen is great. The grip position and size also work well for me.
    Ha ha, so I ordered a Custom 74 with F nib.
    Again I was surprised, as the F nib is “significantly” finer than the M nib. It has noticeably more feedback than the M nib, but I wouldn’t call it scratchy at all.
    I now use them on different papers. If the paper is of poorer quality I use the F nib, and on good quality paper I use the M nib. I have a wide assortment of Pilot Iroshizuku inks as well as the std Pilot Blue Black and the pens behave well with all of them.

    • Scrively Scrively

      Awesome! Great to hear. And yes: sometimes the nib widths aren’t all that consistent unfortunately.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.