on salePilot Explorer Fountain Pen - Lime

Product Code PN12283

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on salePilot Explorer Fountain Pen - Lime

Product Code PN12283

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MSRP $31.25

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Pilot CON-70 Converter - Black
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Introducing the Explorer, the newest value fountain pen from Pilot. This red resin pen has a matte metallic finish and is complemented by black trim. It has a snap cap, a stainless steel nib, and comes with a Pilot ink cartridge as well as a CON-B squeeze converter for use with bottled ink. It comes packaged in a gift box.

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 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
Fine, Medium
Nib Color
Nib Material

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
12.2mm (0.48in)
Diameter - Cap (without clip)
13.5mm (0.53in)
Diameter - Cap (with clip)
16.5mm (0.65in)
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.

128mm (5.04in)
Length - Cap
57.7mm (2.27in)
Length - Nib

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

17.6mm (0.69in)
Length - Overall (Closed)
142mm (5.59in)
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.

162.3mm (6.39in)
Weight - Body

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

6g (0.21oz)
Weight - Cap
6g (0.21oz)
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 16 reviews
Great Pen Held Back By Bad Cap

I absolutely love how this pen writes. I appreciate the consistency of the Pilot nibs, which have been so smooth and reliable. I ordered the Explorer with the Con 70 converter, intending to use it as an EDC pen for work. Since I have received it, it has been on my nightstand with a small notebook for jotting down the odd note. A few days ago, the cap of the pen stopped clicking into place. There is almost no detente or resistance felt now when you cap the pen, and the slightest touch releases the cap from the body. I can no longer expect to use this pen, which is very disappointing. I know it is a cheap $23 pen, but it is only days old. I received it 7 days ago! It is impossible to carry this pen anywhere and expect the cap to remain in place. It is an ink disaster waiting to happen. So very disappointing.

Light but robust

I love been able to use the Con-70. While I like the weight of the Metropolitan, this is a good EDC pen.

MaryJo B.
Pilot Explorer

I'm not exactly new to fountain pens as I had one gifted to me 40 years ago. I don't know what name brand it was, and believe it was an extra fine nib - which I found to be scratchy & very difficult to use. I cleaned it, packed it away for a few years and would eventually purchase another pack of cartridges to give my little pen another try, only to have similar results. The person who gifted the pen to me never taught me to hold it differently than a ballpoint and never taught me to use higher quality paper. So I continued my process of trying to learn these things every few years, eventually gifting the pen to someone else who was very enthusiastic about testing it out themself.Fast forward to January 2022 when a Goulet video dropped into my YouTube account I started watching the instructional videos and decided to purchase a couple beginner range pens with fine and medium nibs so I can give it another try with my newfound knowledge. I also imagine fountain pens have improved in the past 40 years. Upon receiving my pens (Pilot Explorer, Platimun Plaisir and Clairefontaine notebook) I found everything to be PERFECT right out of the package! I'm loving my new pens, the videos (informative and entertaining!) and Goulet Pen Company. I love my new pens and will be purchasing more as I rediscover fountain pens. Thank you for outstanding service and a wonderful experience overall.

Great service, great pens, amazing ink

To put it concisely, I very very happy with the purchase and service. I bought the pens for the kids, they love the pens and put them to good use eveery day. very happy Goulet pen company, I will be buying more stuff from you in the future.

kevin f.
Great throwback to the 50's (or even earlier) Pen. Has a bladder fill included!

I got one of these to play with (loved the color) and discovered it had a bladder type filler that came with it. I haven't seen one of those in 40 years. Too bad the instructions don't tell you about it... That could be tough for a beginner...but then, I digress. The nib works well and it is easy to hold and write with. Great workaday pen. You can carry it anywhere and it writes great, doesn't skip and built to take every day use. My mother used to have a 1930's bladder fill Schaeffer and I bought her one of these... Then I bought one for my niece. They both loved it. My niece got such a kick out of the sticker and the sucker, the Goulet Family touches included in the order. If you are gifting a fountain pen to a family member to get them started, you can't go wrong with this one. Thanks, Goulet Family for introducing our family to this nostalgic Pilot!

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.