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Product Code PN16384

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Product Code PN16384

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MSRP $220.00

Blue Stone
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The Pilot Custom 74 is a simple yet sophisticated fountain pen. The minimalistic design with a transparent blue-grey cap and barrel makes it a must-have for any pen enthusiast.

Pilot is thrilled to announce the newest color launch within the Custom 74 season inspired collection of 2021. The first launch was the spring-inspired Forest Green. The second launch was the summer-inspired Grenadine. This third and final launch in this series for autumn/winter is Blue Stone, a beautiful, translucent slate blue hue. This sophisticated color evokes relaxation and happiness – the steely sky of a wintery day.

The Custom 74 is designed to delight the fountain pen collector with its translucent ‘demonstrator-style’ barrel and archetypal embellishments. A special mechanism in the converter ensures a fluid and continuous flow of ink with no skipping for a premium, expressive writing experience. The #5 nib is finely crafted from 14-karat gold and is rhodium plated to match the rhodium trim and clip. The nib is available in extra fine, fine, medium or broad point sizes.

This classical demonstrator pen is refillable for continued use with a proprietary Pilot ink cartridge or Pilot’s CON-70 converter (both are included) and arrives packaged in a striking presentation box. The Pilot CON-70 converter holds an ample ink supply while uniquely combining the characteristics of a vacuum-filling and push-button converter.

Click here to shop all compatible Pilot ink cartridges.

Fountain Pens

Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.

Body Material
Cap Rotations

For pens with a screw-cap closure, how many rotations it takes to uncap/recap the pen.

Cap Type

How the cap is opened/closed from the barrel of the pen. Some common options include Snap-Cap, Screw-Cap, Magnetic Cap, or Capless (no cap).

Compatible inks & refills

Which ink this pen will accept. Choices include bottled ink and various styles of pre-filled ink cartridges.

Bottled inks, Proprietary Pilot ink cartridges
Filling Mechanism

How the pen fills with ink. Click here to watch our video tutorial on common filling mechanisms.

Cartridge, Converter
Grip Material
Nib Size
Extra-Fine, Fine, Medium
Nib Color
Nib Material
14k Gold

Whether or not the cap fits securely onto the back of the barrel when open.


Whether or not the nib/tip can retract into the body of the pen (usually for click or twist-open style pens).

Diameter - Body
12mm (0.5in)
Diameter - Cap (without clip)
14mm (0.6in)
Diameter - Cap (with clip)
19mm (0.7in)
Diameter - Grip (mm)

Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.

Length - Body

The measurement from the back end of the barrel to the tip of the nib.

125mm (4.9in)
Length - Cap
66mm (2.6in)
Length - Nib

The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.

19mm (0.7in)
Length - Overall (Closed)
143mm (5.6in)
Length - Overall (Posted)

When the cap of the pen is posted onto the back of the pen body, this is the measurement of the entire pen including the nib.

155mm (6.1in)
Weight - Body

If a converter is included with the pen, this weight is reflected in the total.

14g (0.5oz)
Weight - Cap
8g (0.3oz)
Weight - Overall (g)
Max Ink Capacity - Cartridge

The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using a cartridge.

Max Ink Capacity - Converter

The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using a converter.


Customer Reviews

Based on 18 reviews
Eric S.
Can't have it all - but pretty close (EF nib)

The requirements were simple enough; good looking, reliable, gold nib, and something that won't bleed through cheap paper. TONS of choices out there, and all roads kept leading back to the 74. But, to accommodate every sort of paper something's gotta give. And in this case it's nib width.Some use words like "feedback", "toothy" or "scratchy" for the EF nib - and they're right - but you can also use "disenchanted" and "unsatiated" and still be talking about the same thing. No ragrets.

Aaron K.
Excellent as expected...mostly

Overall quality is what you'd expect. Has a slight heft in the hand while still remaining relatively light. You can feel that the resin is high quality/dense. The fit and finish of the assemblies is all tight tolerances and the converter fills effortlessly. The nib was slightly surprising to me � I was expecting an entirely smooth (like my TWSBI Eco T) feel, but the Pilot is notably toothy in feedback feel. Not scratchy, but pencil-like. I was a little disappointed. Maybe I should've done research. However, with a few changes of ink, it has settled in nicely and I now really enjoy writing with it. A nib flush should've come first. I'll do that next time. I can't say this is an exceptional value for what you get, so bear that in mind. If it's important to you to own a Pilot, get it � if not, get a few more TWSBIs instead.

Ted A.P.
Excellent Pilot pen

Your company delivered the Pilot 74 pen in my selected njib size within a week and it works like a dream! I highly recommend Pilot fountain pens AND Goulet Pen Company.

Adalsteinn T.
Solid pen

I must admit this pen has not been my favourite pen, but it is a pen that i have learned to appreciate. I think, looking at the price, it can be recommended. It is a solid pen, nice to use. I like the colour a lot.

Jon H.
One of the greats.

These are definitely one of the greats, one of the smoothest fine nibs I've used, overall size and section make it very comfortable for long use, just don't care for the new Con 70 converter at all.

FAQs about Fountain Pens

How do I fill a fountain pen with ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

It depends on the pen's filling mechanism, which you can find in the Technical Specs section above. 

Here's a quick definition of the most common filling mechanisms:

  • Cartridge - A small, disposable, sealed plastic reservoir that holds fountain pen ink. These come pre-filled with ink, and typically you just push to insert them into place and you'll be ready to write! Check out our quick guide here.
  • Converter - A detachable and refillable ink reservoir that allows you to use bottled ink in a cartridge-accepting pen. Typically you will install the converter into the grip section, dip the nib/feed into the ink, and twist or pull the converter knob to draw ink into the converter. Here's a video for how to fill a cartridge/converter pen using a LAMY pen as an example.
  • Eyedropper - A pen that utilizes the entire barrel as a reservoir for ink. Ink is directly filled into the barrel, allowing for a high ink capacity. Here's a video on how to do it!
  • Piston - A type of filling system that uses a retracting plunger inside a sealed tube to draw ink into a pen. They are typically either twist or push-operated. These pens cannot accept cartridges or a converter, and only fill from bottled ink.
  • Vacuum - A push-style piston that uses pressure to fill the large pen body with ink. They seal the ink chamber when closed, making it ideal for flying without risk of leaking. Check out our video on how to use a vac filler here.

Check out more info on these filling mechanisms including a video on how to fill each one on our blog.

How do I clean a fountain pen? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

It depends on the filling mechanism, but it mostly comes down to flushing it out with water, and sometimes a little bit of Pen Flush if the ink is really stuck. 

It's a bit easier to show than to tell, so we've put together a few quick videos showing you the process:

How often do I need to clean my fountain pen? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

We recommend a good cleaning every 2 weeks, and any time you change ink colors. 

Water will usually do the trick, but we recommend you use our Goulet Pen Flush if the ink has been left in the pen for a while and could have dried up, or when you’re switching ink colors.

My pen won’t write! What do I do? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

First things first... make sure you have ink in the pen! Be sure that the ink cartridge or converter is seated properly in the pen, and that you aren't out of ink.

We always recommend you give your pen a good cleaning first, using our Goulet Pen Flush, or a drop of dish soap in some water. New pens often have some machining oil residue left in the feed, so a good cleaning often does the trick first.

If that still doesn't work, try priming the feed. This consists of either dipping your pen nib and feed in ink, or forcing ink from the converter down into the feed. 

If it’s still not working after that, please reach out to us so we can help! 

What's your return policy? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

You can submit a return request within 30 days of your order date. You can read all our Return Policies here.

To initiate a return, please submit a request at the Return Portal. Our Customer Care team might reach out to you for more information.

Please note we are unable to accept a return of any Namiki or Sailor Bespoke fountain pen for any reason once it has been used with ink. Please thoroughly inspect and dry test the pen before use.