Pilot NAMIKI Custom74 #5 F (Fine) nib Transparence NC 14kt Fountain Pen
Ebay 2/7/16 from pisuke2005
Appearance & construction:
This is my first midrange (over $50 but less than $100) fountain pen. This will serve as a reference for my better cheap (less than $50) pens. I guess it’s the first step in answering the question, does cost really matter in determining the quality of a fountain pen?
2/16/16: Arrived this morning. A demonstrator with a solid feel. Beautifully engineered. Attention to detail. First impression — balanced but slightly funky looking, perhaps because of the opaque black finials on both ends? Or is it the clip? Writing — excellent. A definite fine that’s slightly wet. Immediate starter. No scratchiness, no drag, no skipping. Consistent ink flow. Smooth with slight feedback.