Body Material: Resin
Nib material: #10 14kt gold rhodium-plated
Cap: Screw on
Posts: Yes, friction
Length (capped): 140.2 mm/5.52"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 125.0 mm/4.92"
Length (posted): 155.0 mm/6.10"
Barrel Diameter: 11.2 - 12.7 mm/0.44" - 0.50"
Section Diameter: 10.5 - 11.4 mm/0.41" - 0.45"
Weight (all): 24 g
Weight (cap): 8 g
Weight (body): 16 g
Fill type: Pilot Cartridge/CON70 converter
Price: $223.95 USD
Where to buy: Goldspot
The Pilot Custom Heritage 912 is presented in a solid black gift box with a clear plastic window on top. The pen sits on a felt-lined plastic bed inside the box. This bed can be removed and underneath, there is a Pilot ink cartridge in world's thickest Ziploc bag, as well as a Pilot/Namiki use and care guide. The gift box slips inside a black cardboard sleeve. It's simple packaging, but it doesn't waste a bunch of space and it feels solid. I like it.
I have reviewed the Custom Heritage 912 model (PO nib | music nib) before, but this nib is new to me. The 912 is a pretty large pen, though not an oversize. It has a round cap and barrel, narrowing at the end of the barrel slightly into a blunt, flat end. The finial is also blunt and flat, and is simply polished black resin. The clip is attached below a band near the top of the cap, through a clean, snug cut out. The clip is plain and, to my weird self, it resembles a flat dagger. I like the shape a lot.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
The nib is a size 10 according to Pilot's nib sizing. It is a 14KT gold in soft-fine, with rhodium plating to match the rest of the trim on the pen. It has a single slit, a round breather hole, and is engraved with tiny banner-like flourishes around the edges, Pilot, 14K-585, 10, and
With a light hand and no pressure, the nib feels like a slightly soft writer. It flows well and has a touch of bounce. It is a little wider than a typical Pilot fine, likely because of its softness and wet flow. With moderate to pressure, the nib has a bit of bounce to it, and feels soft because although it is responsive and snaps back, it isn't as firm as a (typically) hard steel nib. It offers a small amount of line variation, from a fine to a wet medium. It is a lot of fun to write with, and can handle fast writing with a bit of pressure as long as it doesn't keep going on and on. Perfect for those who like fine, softer writers, and who want the ability to add a little bit of line variation to your letters.
The CON70 converter holds a fair amount of ink, although if you ever want to prime a feed with it, it is an exercise in control to not drop ink everywhere. I like that the converter itself is quite easy to clean. Solid performance. I really like this.
The clip is really nice. It is quite snug but it is still usable. It's a great clip for sliding on and off pages, pockets, and pouches. It holds snugly in place, so it's unlikely the pen will fall off the pages.
The section is small and comfortable. Those with large hands will likely feel the section threads, but they are not sharp. I do not find the resin slippery, and the flared ridge before the nib keeps my fingers off the nib.
This pen is not inexpensive, but it is well made, attractive (to me, anyway), very comfortable to write with, is classic and good looking, and the nib is very pleasant. Whether you want the nib as a regular, daily user, reliable, smooth writer, or if you're looking for something with a bit of bounce and fun, it can do both.