Pilot Namiki Custom 74 #5 F Demonstrator

Updated 2/16/16
Pilot NAMIKI Custom74 #5 F (Fine) nib Transparence NC 14kt Fountain Pen
Ebay 2/7/16 from pisuke2005
Appearance & construction: stars4-h021
Writing: stars4-5-100

Pilot NAMIKI Custom74 #5 F (Fine) nib Transparence NC 14kt Fountain Pen. $72.00 + $13.00 s/h.

Pilot NAMIKI Custom74 #5 F (Fine) nib Transparence NC 14kt Fountain Pen. Ebay 2/7/16 from pisuke2005 $72.00 + $13.00 s/h. Arrived 2/16/16.

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.

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